Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Erik Van Ingen says he'll be closing a chapter in his career when he competes at the NCAA championships in the 15-hundred meter race later this week.
He has the opportunity to win an NCAA championship, and be named an All-American for a 4th time in his career.
Action Sports reporter Gabe Osterhout talks to Van Ingen about his journey through Binghamton University, and the importance of his final race.
"I was good in high school, but I had a lot of room to improve," says Van Ingen.
Binghamton University senior Erik Van Ingen has improved quite a bit since the day he stepped on campus.
He's been named an All-American 3 different times in his career.
But now, he is heading toward his last race as a Bearcat.
And that has him reflecting on his time on campus.
"Binghamton has gotten me to where I want to be and have been an environment where I've been able to grow on my own terms. I've been given a lot of room and a lot of opportunities," says Van Ingen.
Now, Van Ingen has one more opportunity to capture an NCAA title, in the 15-hundred meter race later this week at Drake University.
"This race really means a lot. This is my last opportunity to perform something special in an NCAA championship and I'm just really really want to end on a good note," he says.
Van Ingen feels confident he will end on a good note.
He recently set his personal record in the 15-hundred meters at 3 minutes 38 seconds.
And he wants to redeem himself after a disappointing finish at the indoor championships earlier this year.
Van Ingen says a victory in his final race would make his collegiate career complete.
"I would trade in all my accomplishments for a victory in my final collegiate race no doubt but I don't think I'd trade a victory at the NCAA championships for my experience of my process over the last 5 years," he says.
A process, he says that's helped him figure out who he is and what he wants to be.
And he adds, win or lose, he'll be satisfied when he crosses the finish line, knowing he ran the very best he could.
For this week's Action Sports spotlight, I'm Gabe Osterhout.