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Two-time All-American Erik van Ingen will compete in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games next month in New York City.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Van Ingen invited to compete in Millrose Games
January 9, 2012Tweet
Fifth-year senior Erik van Ingen has been selected to compete in the upcoming Millrose Games, which will be held Feb. 11, at the New York City Armory. The two-time All-American will compete in the Wanamaker Mile, along with other top collegiate runners and several professionals.
Since 1914, the Millrose Games has been one of the top annual indoor track and field meets in the world. There have been 202 athletes who have shared the distinction of being both Millrose Games and Olympic champions. The Wanamaker Mile has been the featured event of the meet each year, and has been won by accomplished runners such as Glenn Cunningham, Kip Keino, Tony Waldrop, Filbert Bayi, Steve Scott, Noureddine Morceli, Bernard Lagat, Marcus O’Sullivan and Eamonn Coghlan.
“This is a fantastic event for Erik to take place in,” assistant track and field coach Annette Acuff said. “He is very excited about this opportunity. It is a big accomplishment for him to be invited and we are looking forward to it.”
After placing fifth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships last year, van Ingen finished sixth in the 1,500 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. His top time in the mile remains 3:57.11, which he set in winning the Boston/Valentine’s Meet on Feb. 12, 2011. A handful of other All-Americans are expected to join van Ingen in the Wanamaker Mile.
This marks the first year that the Millrose Games will be held at the New York City Armory. They have been held at Madison Square Garden since their inception.