Men finish second at America East Indoor Track Championships
February 22, 2011Tweet
Senior Erik van Ingen was named the America East Men’s Most Outstanding Track Performer and the men’s squad captured runner-up honors, highlighting Binghamton’s performance at the America East Indoor Track & Field Championships. The two-day event, which was held at the Boston University Track and Tennis Center, concluded Feb. 19.
With 157 points, the Bearcat men were second to Albany, which scored 184 points en route to winning its sixth straight conference indoor title. The Binghamton coaching staff, led by head coach Mike Thompson, was named the top staff of the year. Joining Thompson were Binghamton assistant coaches Natilee Dawkins, Annette Acuff and Gabe Fletcher. The Bearcat women’s team, meanwhile, was eighth in the meet.
After winning the 5,000 on Friday, van Ingen clocked a winning time of 2:24.34 in the 1,000. He now has four career America East individual titles and is the third Bearcat in a row to be named the men’s track performer of the indoor meet.
Senior Cazal Arnett, who was the Most Outstanding Men’s Track Performer in the previous two America East Indoor meets, anchored the first-place 4x400 relay team, which included fellow seniors Christian Smith and Andy Haupt as well as sophomore Casey Gilbert. The Bearcat quartet recorded a meet-record time of 3:11.58, breaking Albany’s 2009 mark of 3:11.77.
Second-place finishes were recorded by senior Casey Quaglia in the mile (4:06.43) and sophomore Jeff Martinez in the 3,000 (8:16.26). Haupt was third in the 200 (21.76) and Arnett was third in the 400 (47.68).
On the women’s side, sophomore Jessica Hennig retained her indoor title in the 400, clocking a time of 55.69. Freshman Jessica Goldberg was fourth in the pentathlon (3,275 points).
Binghamton returns to Boston for the ECAC/IC4A Championships March 5-6. The meet will be held at the Reggie Lewis Center at Northeastern University.