AU Track Has Good Weekend in Raleigh, College Park


A pair of IC4A-qualifying marks for the men and a school record for the women highlighted the weekend performances for American University track teams in Raleigh, N.C., and College Park, Md.

At the Raleigh Relays, junior Josh Ellis won the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:04.28, improving his personal-best mark that was already second-best in AU school history. He won over Coastal Carolina's Joseph Keitt, who finished within a second of Ellis' time.
Also in Raleigh, senior Tom Woermer went 30:38.31 in a fast field in the men's 10,000. His mark was also an IC4A-qualifier and moved him into seventh all-time at AU.
At a frigid Maryland Invitational on Saturday, junior Kinnari Badger won the women's 100-meter dash in 12.64 seconds, edging her way to the school record by 0.01 seconds. Chanel Spriggs went 12.65 in 2002 to set AU's previous standard in that event.
Also for the Eagles' women, sophomore Corina Velazco won the 3,000-meter run in 10:21.57, posting the seventh-best mark in school history. Teammate Jillian O'Donohoe also scored for AU in that event, finishing eighth.
Kelseagh Budris finished fourth in the women's 800 (2:24.30), while Brianna Belo was eighth in the women's 200, with her mark of 26.69 ranking second on AU's all-time lists outdoors.
For the men, sophomore Brendan Johnson had AU's best individual finish at Maryland, placing second in the 3,000. He ran 8:42.76 and was just out-kicked by Maryland freshman Louis Corgliano, who was timed in 8:42.65.
Sam Doud placed fourth for the Eagles in that event at 8:55.89.
Jim Belfatto was the other scorer for AU on the men's side, as his mark of 4:03.86 eanred him fifth in the 1,500.
American is scheduled to compete next weekend at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.