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Quiller competes in NCAA championship

Sophomore pole vaulter Rory Quiller is the first Bingham-ton University track athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championship.

Tied for 14th place in the nation in the pole vault, he has a season-best height of 17-6.5 feet. The top 14 athletes in each event are selected for the NCAA meet, which was held March 11-12 in Fayetteville, Ark.

“This is big for our program,” head coach Mike Thompson said. He added that Binghamton has only been Division I for four years, so Quiller’s participation will give the school good exposure.

“It’s an honor to be the first person from Binghamton in this meet,” Quiller said. “Binghamton has had a great tradition (at the Division II and Division III levels) and to be a bridge to the Division I level is an honor for me.”

Quiller placed 12th in the national competition.

“Rory did very well for his first national meet,” said Thompson. “He had one very good attempt at 17-8 3/4, which would’ve been his personal best and would’ve made him an All-American. I thought he showed great composure and maturity at such a world-class meet.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08