Taylor's Day Highlights Strong Performances for Track Teams at Eric Kloibert Metro Championships


EMMITSBURG, Md. - American University freshman Kelley Taylor (Virginia Beach, Va./Kellam) won the 5000m race and sophomore Zaia Wharton (Elkins, W. Va./Elkins) set a school record in the 400m dash as the AU men's and women's track teams on Saturday competed at the Eric Kloibert Metro Championships, hosted by Mount St. Mary's.

Taylor dominated the race, finishing ahead of her next-closest competitor by more than 1:20, in a time of 17:08.76. Her time is a personal best and the third-fastest 5000m in school history.

Ascending the school charts has become a trend for Taylor in her inaugural season as an Eagle. In addition to her 3000m performance Saturday, the 5-3 Virginian has already run the third-fastest 1500m at AU and the second-fastest 3000m. Furthermore, Taylor has been a part of the school-record setting 4x800m and 4x1500m squads.

Meanwhile, Wharton set the school record in the 400m with a time of 1:01.54, setting a personal best in the process. In addition, Christina Wright (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) finished seventh in the discus with a toss of 30.95 meters, the second-best effort in AU history.

On the men's side, Phil Gaeta (Herndon, Va./Oakton) led the Eagles with a second-place finish in the 800m with a time of 1:53.33. Pat Burford (Groveland, Mass./Pentucket Regional) finished in fourth in the 1500m with a time of 4:04.16.

AU men's and women's track teams return to action April 22-24 at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.