The American University men's track team capped off a successful 2010 Penn Relays by winning the 'B' section of the college men's distance medley relay on Friday afternoon. The team of Jeff Brannigan, Matt Farrow, Conor Sullivan, and Craig Brown won in a time of 9:54.93, which was good for ninth overall in the competition and just .02 behind eighth place finisher LSU. It is also the sixth-fastest time in school history, just off of the team's time of 9:51.12 from last year's Penn Relays.
Brannigan led off on the 1200 leg for the Eagles and managed to hang tough despite a very aggressive opening pace to run a 3:02.1 leg and put American in fourth place, just a few meters off of the race leader as he handed off to the second leg in Farrow. The freshman managed to close the gap on the leaders with a surprising 48.3 second 400 split to put American right in with the leaders as he handed off to Sullivan for the 800 leg. At this point, the junior pushed American into the front with a strong 1:53.5 leg as he handed off to the Eagles' anchor leg on the mile in Brown. Brown allowed a couple of rivals to pass, but sat poised to attack for the first three laps of the mile. Finally, with about 300 meters to go, Brown unleashed a furious move that none of the other leaders would be able to cover, propelling American to the win by nearly three seconds over the second-place finisher in the heat.
On Thursday night, junior Colin Eustis competed in the college men's 5000 meter championship section, placing 17th overall in a time of 14:22.65, just .11 seconds off of his personal best, which he set two weeks ago at Bucknell.
The Eagles will now prepare to head back to Bucknell for the 2010 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1.