Track Teams Have Great Day at Patriot Games

Track Teams Have Great Day at Patriot Games


The American University men's and women's indoor track teams had a stellar showing on Saturday at the George Mason Patriot Games, posting a combined eight all-time top 10 times. The day was highlighted by a 1-2-3 finish in the mile run and a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 1000 meter run for the men's team.

Jeff Brannigan led the 1-2-3 finish in the mile run for the Eagles with a new personal best and winning time of 4:10.88. He was followed in second place by Colin Eustis who finished in a personal best 4:13.24 and Craig Brown who placed third in a personal best 4:14.04. Mark Leinenger took sixth in the event and also ran a personal best of 4:24.47.

It was Conor Sullivan leading the way in the 1000 meter run as he crossed the finish line in a winning time of 2:28.42. His time was just off his personal best of 2:28.39, which currently stands as the eighth fastest time in school history. Alex Lyons took second in 1000 with a new PR of 2:28.46, now the ninth fastest time in school history, and was followed closely by James Cannon who took third with a PR of 2:28.73, now the 10th fastest time in school history. Chris Tonn crossed the line in fourth place with a time of 2:29.93.

The men's team also won the 3000 meter run as Josh Olsen broke the tape first with a PR of 8:29.15. Ryan Williams placed fourth in the event in 8:40.61 while Garrett Martucci finished close behind in fifth with a PR of 8:41.60.

Erin Koch took the 1000 meter title on the women's side, finishing with a time of 3:00.66 which stands as the fourth fastest time in program history. She was joined in the event by Katherine Hekker who took sixth with the 10th fastest time in school history at 3:08.59.

Rachel Forcino and Greta Wicklund rounded out the women's team's top performances as they finished second and fifth, respectively, in the 3000 meter run. Forcino's time of 10:12.97 represents the sixth fastest time in school history while Wicklund's time of 10:25.30 is now the ninth fastest time.

Dan King matched his PR in the 800 meter run as he placed second in 1:56.25. His time is currently 10th on American's all-time top 10 list. He was followed by Morgan Block who placed third in 1:57.01.

Zach Wright continued his impressive freshman campaign in the high jump, breaking his own school record in the event with a height of 2.00 meters to place second. He previously had set the record at 1.99 meters on December 5 at the Navy Invitational.

American will return to the track February 5-6 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City. That meet will be the final tune-up for the Eagles before heading to the Patriot League Championships February 19-21 in West Point, N.Y.