The American University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Bison Outdoor Classic over the weekend where three Eagles posted IC4A qualifying times, four Eagles earned a place on American’s All-Time Top-10 list and one Eagle set a new school record.
American’s weekend was highlighted by a trio of strong performances in the 5000 meter run invitational. Colin Eustis continued his breakout year by placing second in 14:22.54, eclipsing the IC4A qualifying standard in the event and moving him into ninth place on American’s All-Time Top-10 list. Jeff Brannigan finished close behind in third place, recording a personal best time of 14:23.12 which also eclipsed the IC4A qualifying standard and fell just shot of the 10th fastest time in school history. Craig Brown earned a sixth-place finish with an IC4A qualifying time of 14:31.87 which marks a new personal best. Josh Olsen and Ryan Williams also posted personal bests in the event with times of 14:57.97 and 15:00.31, respectively.
Rachel Forcino ran to a ninth-place finish in the women’s 5000 meter invite, posting a personal best time of 17:34.66 which moves her from eighth place to sixth place on American’s All-Time Top-10 list.
Conor Sullivan placed sixth overall in the 1500 meter run invitational with at time of 3:53.33. He was joined in the event by James Cannon who finished 13th overall in 3:59.82. In the women’s 1500 meter invite, Erin Koch took ninth overall with a personal record time of 4:38.61 which ranks as the eighth fastest time in school history.
Five Eagles competed in the men’s 800 meter run led by Sullivan who finished in a time of 1:54.44. Morgan Block completed the race in 1:56.01 while both Dan King and Cannon crossed the line in 1:56.34, marking a new personal best for Cannon. Josh Einbinder also posted a personal record with a time of 1:56.91.
Zach Wright matched the American record in the high jump as he cleared a final height of 1.99m (6’6.25”) to place second. Wright, who previously held the #2 spot on American’s All-Time Top-10 with a personal record of 6’4.25”, is now tied with Frank Borden, ’09, who set the record on March 28, 2009.
Several Eagles will return to the track next weekend at the historic Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa. The three-day event is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 22, and will conclude on Saturday, April 24, at Penn’s Franklin Field.