Quiller wins top NCAA indoor vaulting title

2008-03-14

Binghamton University graduate student Rory Quiller earned an NCAA championship this evening, becoming the top indoor Division I vaulter.  With the win, Quiller has now earned All-America honors three times during his career. He was second in the 2007 NCAA Indoor Meet and tied for fourth at the 2007 Outdoor Championships.

“We are very proud of Rory Quiller,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “He is a talented student and a record-setting athlete. Rory has represented Binghamton University at the highest level against national competitors from long established programs. Our entire campus community is proud of the skill, determination, and winning spirit that he has demonstrated this season.”

While Quiller is the first Binghamton athlete to win an individual Division I championships, there were 11 other such winners prior to the athletic department's transition to the Division I level in 2001. Binghamton had 10 individual national champions during its NCAA Division III era (until 1998). Six of those wins were in track and field, all under current head coach Mike Thompson. The other four champions were in wrestling. In its three years at the NCAA Division II level (1998-01), the Bearcats had their lone individual champion in 1999 when Brian Hamilton won the indoor long jump title. With Quiller's win, Thompson now has the rare distinction of having coached a NCAA champion at all three Division levels (please note: I have a call into the NCAA to see if Mike is the first coach to have done that).

In addition to becoming the first Binghamton athlete to win a NCAA Division I title, Quiller is also the first national champion in the 29-year history of the America East Conference

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