The American University men's track team got off to a strong start in its indoor season on Saturday at the Navy Invite. The team was able to capture the 5,000 meter run, distance medley relay, and mile on the day. In addition, a new school record was set in the high jump.
Junior Colin Eustis continued his strong campaign from the cross country season and got the Eagles off on the right foot, winning the 5,000 meter run easily with a time of 14:42.97, almost 22 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. The time was the seventh fastest ever run by an Eagle.
Next up on the track for the Eagles was the DMR team of James Cannon, Morgan Block, Dan King, and Conor Sullivan, who edged teams from Georgetown and Navy to give the team its second win of the day in a time of 10:12.00. Sullivan took the baton in second place and ran a patient anchor leg, making a strong push with about 150 meters to go to take the lead and earn the victory.
Not to be outdone, sophomore Chris Tonn easily took the mile run in a time of 4:15.80, winning by almost five seconds. Tonn took off at the 800 to go mark and never looked back as he cruised to the team's third win on the day.
The Eagles also had a strong performance from sophomore Zach Wright, who finished third overall in the high jump, matching the school record in the event by clearing the bar at 1.99 meters (6'6.25").
American will be back in action after returning to campus from winter break on January 8th at the Delaware Invitational.