10 members of the American University men's and women's track teams posted personal bests this weekend at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City. Junior Colin Eustis and sophomore Josh Olsen stole the show for the Eagles though by posting victories in the 3,000 meter run and 5,000 meter run, respectively.
Eustis posted both a personal best and the fifth fastest time in American history as he ran to victory in the 3,000. His time of 8:13.28 stands as the top time in the Patriot League this season and eclipsed the IC4A qualifying standard. Classmate Jeff Brannigan finished just behind Eustis in second place, posting the conference's second fastest time and another IC4A qualifying mark of 8:13.48. Brannigan's time stands as the sixth fastest ever run by an Eagle. Freshman Mark Leininger also competed in the event and set a new PR of 8:41.45.
Olsen earned a victory in the 5,000 with a time of 14:44.84, setting a new PR and placing him ninth on American's all-time top 10 list. His time ranks him eighth in the Patriot League this season and also eclipsed the IC4A standard. Sophomore Ryan Williams took second in the event with a time of 14:48.56, ranking him 10th all-time at American and ninth in the Patriot League this season.
On the women's side, senior Rachel Forcino destroyed her previous personal best of 17:57.52 in the 5,000 to place second in 17:30.44. Her time is the fastest in the conference this season by more than 13 seconds, eclipsed the IC4A standard and is the second fastest time in American history. Classmate Greta Wicklund also competed in the event and posted a time of 18:54.36.
Junior Conor Sullivan placed sixth in the mile run with a PR of 4:10.77. He was joined at the starting line by freshman James Cannon who posted a PR of 4:14.50 and sophomore Craig Brown who crossed the tape in 4:14.58.
Junior Morgan Block and senior Dan King competed in the 800 meter run where Block set a PR of 1:55.61, the 10th fastest time in school history. King finished in 1:56.54, less than three-tenths of a second off his PR.
Senior Erin Koch was the Eagles' lone competitor in the 1,000 meter run where she set a new PR and the fourth fastest time in school history of 2:57.76.
The American University men's and women's track teams will return to action when they begin competition at the 2010 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships. This year's conference meet will be held February 19-21 in West Point, N.Y.