The American University men’s track team won two events at the Coastal Carolina Invitational over the weekend as both the men and women opened their outdoor seasons. Craig Brown edged out teammate Jeff Brannigan to win the men’s 3000 meter run while Colin Eustis crossed the line first in the 1500 meter run.
American dominated the men’s 3000 as the Eagles claimed seven of the top-ten spots. Brown was the first to cross the line in 8:29.39, besting the previous meet record of 8:36.31 and running the sixth fastest time in school history. He was followed in second place by Brannigan who posted the seventh fastest time in American history at 8:30.37. Conor Sullivan (8:36.29), Josh Olsen (8:39.03) and Ryan Williams (8:41.77) placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, while Mark Allen (8:51.83) and Garrett Martucci (8:53.89) rounded out the top-10 in ninth and 10th.
The American men also had a strong showing in the 1500 meter run as Eustis won the event with a time of 3:59.24. He was joined in the top-10 by Williams who took fourth with a time of 4:01.51 and Olsen who placed sixth in 4:01.76. Mark Leinenger also competed in the event and placed 11th with a time of 4:07.40.
Sullivan returned to the track to compete in the 800 meter run where he ran to a second-place finish with a time of 1:53.79, just shy of cracking American’s top-10 list. James Cannon joined Sullivan on the starting line and placed fifth with a time of 1:56.53.
Erin Koch was the top performer on the women’s side, placing third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:15.91, the third fastest time in program history. Tina Thomas competed in the 400 meter dash where she posted the third fastest time in school history of 1:00.32.
The Eagles will return to the track Saturday, March 27, at the Maryland Invitational in College Park, Md.