June 20, 2012
Olympic quest a week away for Marathon’s van Ingen
While the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials will be getting under way this Thursday, Marathon’s Erik van Ingen will not be chasing after his Olympic dream for another week yet.
The track hotbed of Eugene in Oregon is the site for the trials that will determine the United States team headed to this summer’s 2012 Olympic Games in London, though van Ingen’s opening heat in the men’s 1,500-meter run will not be held until the following Thursday afternoon — June 28 — at legendary Haywood Field.
The former Marathon Central distance runner concluded a successful collegiate career at Binghamton University by finishing eighth in the 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Division I Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, back on June 9. He ran a 3:45.00 time in that race, which was won by Andrew Bayer of Indiana in 3:43.82.
With that eighth place showing, van Ingen earned All-America honors for the fourth time at Binghamton. As a junior with the Bobcats, van Ingen was sixth in the 1,500m at nationals to earn All-America status — something he also achieved at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships when he finished fifth in the mile run in 2011 and seventh in 2012.
The performance that earned van Ingen a trip to the Olympic Trials was the blistering 3:38.06 time he turned in by winning the 1,500-meters at the Virginia Classic back on May 11. That surpassed the trials’ qualifying standard of 3:39.0.
If van Ingen moves on from his opening heat, the semifinals are slated for June 29 with the 1,500-meter final on July 1 — the final day of the competition.
Dragons Dalton, Evarts On
Academic All-America Team
SUNY Cortland seniors Alyson Dalton and Jenna Evarts have each been named to the 2012 Capital One Division III Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country Academic All-America Third Team.
Academic All-Americans are chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In addition, Dalton and Evarts were selected to the District 3 academic all-district first team. Under a new structure this year, NCAA Division III schools are no longer combined with other divisions for CoSIDA academic awards. In Division III, District 3 encompasses all schools in New York State.
Dalton, a kinesiology major out of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, entered the spring semester with a 3.83 overall grade point average. During her senior year, she earned three All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, an eighth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships and a 30th-place showing at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships.
Dalton was also a cross country All-American as a junior in 2010 with a 31st-place national finish.
Evarts, a childhood education major from West Islip, began the spring semester with a 4.05 grade point average. She was part of Cortland’s winning 4x400-meter relay at the 2012 SUNYAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships and ran on winning 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams at the 2011 ECAC Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She competed in the 60-meter and 200-meter dashes at the 2012 ECAC Indoor Championships and in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2012 ECAC Outdoor Championships.
Cortland won SUNYAC women’s outdoor track and field titles in both 2011 and 2012 and was the SUNYAC women’s indoor champion in 2012. The Red Dragons also won the 2010 SUNYAC women’s cross country crown.
Five SUNY Cortland student-athletes among all sports earned national Academic All-America honors during the 2011-12 school year. In addition to Dalton and Evarts, Cortland’s honorees included men’s lacrosse attackman Mike Tota, softball infielder Abby Martin and football quarterback Dan Pitcher.
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