AU Men Run To Seven Top-Three Finishes at Navy Invitational


Junior Patrick MacAdie won the 5000m run at the Navy Invitational Friday in a time of 14:53.79.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The American University men's indoor track and field squad sent several athletes to the season-opening Navy Invitational and came away with seven top-three finishes, including a title in the 5000m run by junior Patrick MacAdie (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro Regional).

MacAdie won the 5000m in a time of 14:53.79, followed by fellow Eagle Pat Burford (Bellmore, N.Y./John F. Kennedy), who finished with a time of 15:02.99. Macadie and Burford hit the mile in 4:48 and the 2-mile in 9:37 before picking up the pace. Both runners focused on putting in a solid effort and getting solid times for the Patriot League conference meet.

Freshman Rob Hoffman (Wantagh, N.Y./W.C. Mepham) came home second in the mile with a time of 4:27.72, just over nine seconds behind the leader. Although the race started out slow for the first 400 meters, Hoffman put himself into good position running behind the leader. Hoffman was unable to match the leader's move with 800 meters to go, but put on a strong kick over the final 200 meters to pass all the remaining competitors.

In the 800m, freshman Alex Caudana (Irvine, Ca./Santa Margarita Catholic) finished just .18 of a second behind the race's winner for second place. Although Caudana was unable to catch him in the homestretch, he gave a solid early season effort.

The 3000m run featured four American runners in the event's top-six finishers. Senior Matt Seymour (Rockville, Md./Magruder) led the way for the Eagles, with a second place finish in a time of 8:24.20. Sean Duffy (Holmes, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara). Duffy led through the mile in 4:26, but the pack of AU runners and a competitor from VCU slowed down over the next half mile and bunched up for a final push to the line. With 600 meters to go, Seymour took the lead briefly but could not match the VCU runner's move with 400 meters to go. Meanwhile, Phillip Gaeta (Herndon, Va./Oakton ran the race 8:28.05 to finish fourth and Matthew Barresi (Laurel, Md./Atholton) came in sixth with a time of 8:46.97.

In addition, Michael Prather captured a third-place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 23.44.