Koch, Brown Lead Track Teams at Maryland Invitational

Koch, Brown Lead Track Teams at Maryland Invitational

Erin Koch and Craig Brown led the American University men's and women's track and field teams at the Maryland Invitational Saturday in College Park, Pa.

Koch ran a 58.64 in the 400 meter dash to place fourth overall, marking the second fastest time in program history. Her time was only fractions of a second slower than the school record of 58.59 set by Zaia Wharton '06 in 2006. Brown, meanwhile, placed third in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:15.24, also the second fastest time in program history.

Alexandra Tyburski posted a top 10 time of her own as she placed sixth in the 800 meter run in 2:17.70, putting her fifth all-time.

Four Eagles ran to a second-place finish on Saturday including Conor Sullivan in the men's 800 meter run. Sullivan stopped the clock at 1:54.72 while Morgan Block placed fifth in the event in 1:55.73.

Josh Olsen finished second in the 1,500 meter run, leading a quartet of Eagles who finished in the top 10. Olsen posted a time of 3:55.83 with Mark Allen (6th, 3:59.80), John Pope (8th, 4:01.07) and Ryan Williams (9th, 4:01.38) following close behind. Octavia Rinehardt took second in the women's 1,500 with a time of 4:41.61.

Zach Wright also took second place in the high jump, clearing a final height of 1.98 meters.

American will return to the track Friday and Saturday, April 15-16 at the Bison Outdoor Games in Lewisburg, Pa.