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Erik van Ingen, seen here at an All-America ceremony on campus earlier this spring, finished sixth in the 1,500 final at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Van Ingen places sixth in 1,500 at NCAA Championships
June 10, 2011Tweet
Senior Erik van Ingen finished sixth in the men’s 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on June 11 at Drake University in Iowa. By finishing in the top eight, van Ingen earns first-team All-America honors for the second time in his career.
Seeded 11th heading into the 12-runner final, van Ingen finished with a furious kick down the stretch to clock a time of 3:44.71. In the process, he edged out NCAA Indoor Champion Miles Batty of BYU, who was seventh (3:45.07). Matthew Centrowitz of Oregon won the event (3:42.54), followed by Dorian Ulrey of Arkansas (3:43.06) and Abdi Hassan of Arizona (3:43.95).
“When you finish sixth in the nation and beat guys like (Batty), that is sweet,” Binghamton University head coach Annette Acuff said. “Erik ran a smart race and to get All-America twice in a year is pretty awesome.”
The race closed out a banner year for van Ingen. He was fifth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships back in March and placed a career-best 43rd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships back in November.
Van Ingen will join Rory Quiller as the only Binghamton athlete to earn multiple Division I All-America honors. Quiller was a three-time All-American and captured the national championship at the 2008 Indoor Meet. Van Ingen’s fifth-place performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships clinched his first career All-America honor.
The 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships marks the fifth time in his career that van Ingen has competed at a NCAA Division I national meet. He also advanced to the 2009 Cross Country Meet and the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.