Koch Captures 1000 Meter Title on Final Day of Patriot League Championships

Koch Captures 1000 Meter Title on Final Day of Patriot League Championships

Erin Koch captured the women's 1000 meter title on Sunday on the final day of competition at the 2010 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships. Conor Sullivan and Colin Eustis ran to second-place finishes in the men's 1000 meter and men's 3000 meter, respectively, helping the men's team to fifth place in the team standings.

Koch captured American's only individual title of the meet, winning the 1000 in a time of 2:57.37. The senior outran Katelyn Hartnett from Holy Cross to claim the victory who posted a finishing time of 2:57.88 to take second. Her time bested her previous personal record in the event of 2:57.56 and is the fourth fastest time in school history.

"I can't say enough about Erin's competitive nature," Head Coach Matt Centrowitz commented following Koch's victory. "She is very similar to our former All-American's Kiera Carlstrom and Samia Akbar in that respect and her competitive nature has gone a long way towards her success this season. Erin has continued to improve each week and we are looking forward to what she will do during the outdoor season."

On the men's side, Sullivan placed second in the 1000 meter with a time of 2:28.90, finishing .05 seconds behind the events winner, Cody  Rome of Navy, who crossed the tape in 2:28.85. He was followed in sixth place by Chris Tonn who posted a time of 2:29.92.

American also received a second-place performance from Eustis on Sunday as the junior was the runner-up in the men's 3000 meter with a time of 8:25.85. Jeff Brannigan took fifth in the event with a time of 8:29.67 while Craig Brown finished eighth in 8:34.49. Eustis's performance was his second second-place finish at the meet after competing in the 5000 meter on Saturday.

Brannigan and Brown returned to the track in the mile run later in the day where they placed third and sixth, respectively. Brannigan crossed the tape in 4:10.46 while Brown posted a time of 4:16.66. James Cannon also competed in the mile, finishing 11th in 4:24.77.

"Colin [Eustis], Jeff [Brannigan] and Conor [Sullivan] each had great meets," stated Centrowitz. "It was exciting to see how aggressive they were and how their confidence in themselves has allowed them to take risks. They are my leaders on the men's team and I'm very happy with the direction they are helping to take us in."

Rachel Forcino, fresh off a fourth-place finish in the women's 5000 meter on Saturday, placed eighth in the 3000 meter with a time of 10:31.76.

American also received a scoring effort from the men's distance medley relay team of Sullivan, Tonn, Morgan Block and Dan King which took fifth with a time of 10:17.92.

The men's team finished in fifth place overall in the team competition with 42 points while the women's team placed eighth with 15 points.