Sean Duffy ran the lead-off leg for the 4xMile team that finished seventh at the Penn Relays.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Three races, three school records. That is the result of the 2002 Penn Relays for American's track team. After Samia Akbar set the school record in the 5,000-meters on Thursday and the men's distance medley relay set the new mark on Friday, the 4xMile took to the track on Saturday afternoon.
Running in the Championship of America with a number of nationally prominent teams such as Arkansas, Stanford and Villanova, the Eagles finished seventh in the race, running 16:39.86.
Freshman Sean Duffy ran the first leg for the Eagles and ran strong, finishing in 4:09.3, just behind the team from Abilene Christian. Duffy handed the baton to sophomore Frank Malpigli who ran a 4:16.6 as the runners from Arkansas and Stanford both ran sub-four minute miles.
Malpigli handed off to teammate Matt Seymour who closed the gap on the field, running 4:08.1. Seymour finished his leg and Sean O'Brien ran the anchor leg for the Eagles. O'Brien made a furious charge as the American team finished just .03 behind Brown and only .53 seconds behind the fourth place team in the race. O'Brien ran a 4:05.9 mile to help the Eagles finish in seventh.
American returns to action next Friday and Saturday at the Patriot League Championships to be held at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. Competition begins Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Event 225, Saturday, 1:00 pm
CM 4xMile Championship of America
1. 16:09.84, Arkansas
Michael Taylor 4:05.5, Daniel Lincoln 3:58.2, Chris Mulvaney 4:01.9, Alistair Cragg 4:04.2
2. 16:17.05, Stanford
Donald Sage 4:05.9, Grant Robison 3:57.9, Jonathon Riley 4:03.4, Gabriel Jennings 4:09.9
3. 16:20.83, Villanova
Jason Jarbaut 4:07.0, Tom Parlapiano 4:01.7, Ryan Hayden 4:04.7, Adrian Blincoe 4:07.4
4. 16:38.30, Abilene Christian
Jean-Marie Ndikumana 4:09.2, Martin Okello 4:13.2, Bernard Manirakiza 4:09.0, John Kemboi 4:06.9
5. 16:39.38, Iona
Peter Riley 4:06.9, Bryan Kovalsky 4:11.3, Sean Connolly 4:11.8, Graeme Reid 4:09.4
6. 16:39.83, Brown
Chad Buechel 4:11.8, Brenden O'Keefe 4:08.4, Patrick Tarpy 4:09.9, Enda Johnson 4:09.7
7. 16:39.86, American
Sean Duffy 4:09.3, Frank Malpigli 4:16.6, Matt Seymour 4:08.1, Sean O'Brien 4:05.9
8. 16:42.24, Oklahoma State
9. 16:43.22, Navy
10. 16:46.19, Providence
11. 16:49.47, La Salle
12. 16:53.77, Texas A&M
13. 17:07.33, Georgetown
14. 17:09.47, Loyola (Ill)
15. 17:17.86, Michigan State