Relay Finishes Highlight Eagles' Efforts at PL Indoor

Relay Finishes Highlight Eagles' Efforts at PL Indoor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – American University's women's and men's distance medley relay squads finished second and third, respectively, on Sunday, earning the Eagles' best finishes this weekend at the Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Navy.

The Eagles also scored Saturday in both 4x800-meter relays, with each foursome posting the fourth-fastest mark all-time indoors at AU. The men were fifth in the event, with the Eagles placing sixth on the women's side.
Reagan Kolakowski, Brianna Belo, Kelseagh Budris and Corina Velazco ran the DMR on Sunday in 12:04.28, finishing just over a second behind first-place Bucknell. The mark was the second best in AU school history, and just off the school record of 12:03.92 set in 2003.
 
For the men, the Eagles posted an all-freshman team of Liam Purdy, Terrell Green, Alaeldin Tirba and Jim Belfatto, which ran 10:04.11. It was a season-best by 14 seconds and less than 1.5 seconds off the winning time posted by Bucknell. The mark was the eighth-best all-time indoors at AU.
 
Belfatto, Purdy, Liam May and Tirba went 7:37.16 to finish fifth Saturday in the 4x800 relay. The time was a season-best by 22 seconds and the fourth-best all-time at AU. That quartet was the first to crack the Eagles' 4x800 top-10 list since 2009.
 
Also Satyurday, Belo, Budris, Kolakowski and Velazco ran 9:13.78 in the 4x800, placing sixth and moving into fourth all-time at AU.
 
Relays accounted for American's points in the team scoring in the meet. The men's 10 points earned them eighth, while the women also placed eighth after scoring 11 points.
 
AU's top individual finish came from junior transfer Kinnari Badger. She ran a season-best 7.96 in the women's 60-meter dash on Saturday to post the ninth-best qualifying mark, but her 7.99 in the semifinals failed to move her into Sunday's final.
 
Badger improved her school record in the women's 200 to 25.80, becoming the first Eagle female to break with 26.00 indoors. She was 12th in qualifying.
 
For the men, Tom Woermer also placed 12th in the 5,000 meters (15:00.13), May was 12th in the men's 800, running a season-best 1:56.43 to post the best indoor 800 of the season for AU.
The Bucknell women and Navy men won team championships at the meet.
 
American is scheduled to be off until the outdoor season begins on March 13 and 14 at the Coastal Carolina Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.