American Track Competes at Last Chance Meets


Sophomore Matt Seymour qualified for the IC4A Championships after winning the 5,000-meters at the UNC Last Chance Meet.

WASHINGTON - As the track season winds down, the American University track team sent athletes to the UNC Last Chance Meet and the James Madison Invitational on Saturday. The runners were looking to get marks that would qualify them for the prestigous ECAC/IC4A Championships.

In Chapel Hill, sophomore Matt Seymour ran the 5,000-meters as he attempted to hit the IC4A qualifying time. Fresh off of his Patriot League individual title in the event, Seymour won the 5,000 at UNC in a time of 14:26.77. He won the meet by over 15 seconds and qualified for the IC4A meet. Seymour's time moves him to second all-time at American.

Carlos Hunt also ran in North Carolina, placing second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:42.81.

At James Madison, Samia Akbar continued her incredible season by breaking her own school record in the 1,500-meters for the third time this year. Akbar finished 12th in the race in 4:27.66. Her time qualifies her for the ECAC Championships. Akbar is also qualified for the meet in the 5,000-meters as well as being provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the event.

Andy Ellerhorst ran the 200-meters at James Madison, finishing 19th in the meet in a time of 22.45.

Next week, American will head to the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Princeton, N.J. The meet runs from May 16-19.