The American University track and field teams will head to the 2012 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 in Worcester, Mass.
Reigning Patriot League 5,000 meter champion Octavia Rinehardt will lead the Eagles after capturing her fourth Patriot League title last season. Ali Tyburski also registered a top finish of the returning women's team members, placing fifth in the 1,500 meter run.
The men's team returns four top-10 finishers from last year's Patriot League Championships, including Mark Allen, who placed fifth in the 5,000 meter run, and Zach Wright, who tallied a fifth place finish in the high jump. Ryan Williams and Mark Leininger posted sixth and seventh place finishes in the 10,000 meter run to round out the top-10 finishers for the Eagles.
Josh Olsen has led American this season and owns the fourth-best time in the Patriot League in the 5,000 meter run. The senior posted a time of 14:22.60 after winning the Bison Outdoor Classic earlier this year. Williams also took home an individual title during the outdoor season in the 5,000 meter run at the Maryland Invitational with a time of 14:49.62.
Rinehardt captured the lone individual title for the women's team during the outdoor season, winning the 1,500 meter run at the Morgan State Legacy Meet with a time of 4:44.65.
Competition at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships will begin on Friday morning and conclude on Saturday afternoon. For more information on the meet, including a full schedule of events, click here.