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Quiller captures national title

Rory Quiller concluded his collegiate athletic career in dramatic style at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, becoming the first Binghamton athlete ever to win a NCAA Division I championship. He won the pole vault title with a height of 18 feet and half an inch at the meet held at the University of Arkansas.

Quiller has now earned All-America honors three times. 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,” President Lois B. DeFleur said. “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.”

Quiller graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is now enrolled in Binghamton’s MBA program. He has been pole vaulting competitively since he was a high school freshman.

“Speaking for myself and for the entire athletic department, we couldn’t be prouder of Rory’s accomplishments as a student-athlete at Binghamton University,” Director of Athletics Joel Thirer said. “It’s been an absolute pleasure to have been associated with Rory throughout his academic and athletic years at Binghamton. I’m delighted that he has enjoyed such great athletic success as a result of his hard work and dedication to his sport, while maintaining an outstanding record in the classroom. And, just as importantly, it couldn’t happen to a nicer young man.”

While Quiller is the first Binghamton athlete to win an individual division I championship, there were 11 other such winners before the school’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 were in wrestling.

In three years at the NCAA Division II level (1998-2001), 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 NCAA champions at all three Division levels.

Quiller is the first America East Conference athlete to win a national championship in its 29-year history.

“Rory’s legacy is now secured in America East Conference history,” America East Commissioner Patrick Nero said. “His accomplishments were tremendous before this NCAA Championship. Now he will always be remembered within the conference as our first individual national champion. He becomes the standard for all the student-athletes that will follow him.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08