Colin Eustis placed second in the men's 5000 meter run on Saturday at the 2010 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships to highlight a solid showing by the American University track and field teams on their first day of competition.
American first took to the track in the women's 5000 meter where Rachel Forcino ran to a fourth-place finish. Forcino crossed the tape in 17:58.19 to pick up four points for the women's team, marking her best career finish at the indoor championships. Greta Wicklund also competed in the event and finished 11th in 18:28.67.
Eustis, Josh Olsen and Ryan Williams followed Forcino and Wicklund in the men's 5000 meter run with each Eagle picking up team points. Eustis earned a second-place finish with a time of 14:33.72, the fourth fastest time in school history. Olsen followed in fourth place in 14:45.91 with Williams taking sixth in 15:00.26. All three performances marked indoor championship bests for the Eagles.
Eustis's time eclipsed the IC4A qualifying standard which Olsen also eclipsed two weeks ago at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with a personal best 14:44.84.
American also scored in the men's and women's 4x800 meter relays with each team taking sixth place. The men's team of Morgan Block, James Cannon, Dan King, and Conor Sullivan combined for a time of 7:49.61, the 10th fastest time in school history. The women's team of Tina Thomas, Natalie Omundson, Katherine Hekker and Erin Koch posted a time of 9:57.45, good for fifth all-time at American.
Zach Wright was also in action on Saturday in the men's high jump where he placed eighth with a final height of 1.94 meters.
After two days of competition, the men's team sits in fourth place with 14 team points while the women are in eighth with five points. The Eagles were not in action on Friday, the first day of competition.
The 2010 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships from the Gillis Field House in West Point, N.Y., will conclude on Sunday, February 21. American will look to carry its strong showing from Saturday into the final day of competition with entries in the men's mile run, the men's and women's 1000 meter run and the men's and women's 3000 meter run. For updated results throughout the day or for more meet information, click here.