Colin Eustis won the 3000 meter run on Saturday at the Maryland Invitational, headlining a strong performance by the American University men’s and women’s track teams at the event. The Eagles posted a total of five All-Time Top-10 times.
Eustis posted American’s lone win of the day as he crossed the tape in the 3000 meter run in a time of 8:22.66, good for fifth place on American’s All-Time Top-10 list. He was followed in second place by Josh Olsen who posted the seventh fastest time in school history at 8:27.28. Ryan Williams placed sixth in the event with a time of 8:42.19 while Mark Allen took ninth with a personal best time of 8:50.54.
In the 1500 meter run, Jeff Brannigan led a group of four Eagles who placed in the top five. Brannigan’s time of 3:53.36 was good for second place overall as he trailed only former American track standout Steve Hallinan, ’08, who won the event with a time of 3:52.23 as a member of the Pacers Running Club. Craig Brown earned a third-place finish with a personal best time of 3:53.83 with Conor Sullivan taking fourth in 3:55.89 and James Cannon taking fifth in 3:57.68.
Octavia Rinehardt made her outdoor track debut on Saturday and placed fifth in the women’s 3000 meter run with a time of 10:18.29.
Erin Koch made a successful transition to the 1500 meter run after previously competing in the 800 meter run. Koch’s time of 4:42.74 was good for sixth-place overall and places her ninth on the school’s All-Time Top-10 list.
Tina Thomas continued her success at the shorter distances for American as she placed 10th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 1:00.98. Thomas also competed in the 200 meter dash where she posted a time of 27.02.
Zach Wright placed second in the high jump with a final height of 6’04”, tying him for second on American’s All-Time Top-10 list.
The men’s team finished the day in sixth-place overall out of 15 schools while the women’s team placed 12th out of 14 teams. The men's team will return to action on Saturday, April 3, at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.