LEWISBURG, Pa. - The 4x800 relay teams for the American University men's and women's indoor track teams set school indoor records Saturday during the second day of competition at the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championship, hosted by Bucknell University.
The women's 4x800 relay team (Whitney McNees, Kelley Taylor, Keira Carlstrom and Zaia Wharton) finished in a time of 9:07.83, good for second place in the meet, just two seconds behind Navy's entry. AU's time bested the previous record of 9:10.59, set last year by Megan Simpson (Highland Lakes, N.J./Vernon Township), Zaia Wharton (Elkins, W. Va./Elkins), Keira Carlstrom (Oakton, Va./Oakton) and Samia Akbar, who is now an assistant coach.
The women's squad had only one other entrant. Jennifer Baclawski (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) finished ninth in the 5000m, in a time of 18:43.47.
The men's 4x800 relay team (Rob Hofmann, Dustin Emrani, Sean Duffy and Phil Gaeta) improved the school's indoor record by more than two seconds, finishing the course in 7:34.21. The previous record, 7:36.58, was set last year. Members of that relay included Sean Duffy (Holmes, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara), Phil Gaeta (Herndon, Va./Oakton) and current assistant coach Sean O'Brien.
The men also had four entrants in the 5000m run, all of which set personal bests. Senior Matt Seymour (Rockville, Md./Magruder) ran the second-fastest indoor 5000m in school history -- 14:34.25 -- to win the event. Sophomore Pat MacAdie (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional) ran the third-fastest time at 14:39.37, while Pat Burford (Bellmore, N.Y./John F. Kennedy) ran the school's seventh-fastest time (14:50.49) and Matt Barresi (Laurel, Md./Atholton) ran the eighth-fastest time (15:08.23).
The league championship meet continues tomorrow.