The American University men's track team rode strong performances in the mile run and 3000 meter run to a third-place finish at the Maryland Terrapin Invitational on Saturday. The women's team, meanwhile, received top-five performances from Rachel Forcino and Erin Koch to help it to a 10th-place finish.
The men's team got off to a strong start in the mile, placing six runners in the top eight including places one through five. Jeff Brannigan led the charge with a winning time of 4:12.88, eclipsing the IC4A qualifying standard. He was followed by Colin Eustis who took second in 4:15.98 and Alex Lyons who placed third in 4:17.62. Conor Sullivan and Josh Olsen placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in times of 4:18.98 and 4:19.51. James Cannon also scored in the event for American, stopping the clock at 4:22.80 for seventh place.
Craig Brown turned in a winning performance in the 3000 meter run, leading a pack of five scoring runners for American. Brown's time of 8:26.13 was a full four seconds faster than the second-place finisher and topped the IC4A qualifying standard. He was followed by Ryan Williams who finished seventh in 8:44.93, Mark Leininger who finished ninth in 8:48.40, and Garret Martucci who finished 10th in 8:50.50. Mark Allen placed 13th in 8:54.27.
Also competing on Saturday was Zach Wright in the high jump where he finished sixth with a final height of 1.93 meters.
Forcino led the women's team with a third-place finish in the 3000, setting a new personal best and recording the eighth fastest time in school history at 10:29.71.
Koch placed fifth in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:21.54, the fourth fastest time in program history. She was joined in the event by Katherine Hekker who placed 11th in 2:28.03 and Tara Jakubik who took 18th in 2:33.54.
Natalie Omundson also scored for the women's team in the mile run, turning in an eighth-place performance with a time of 5:35.72.
The men's team finished in third place overall in the team competition, scoring 68.5 points. The women's team, meanwhile, finished in 10th place.
Both the men's and women's teams will be back in action against on Saturday, January 30, at the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va.