Relays Highlight AU Efforts at Colonial Relays


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A pair of distance relay squads scored team points and earned spots on all-time lists to highlight American University track performances this weekend at the Colonial Relays hosted by William and Mary.

The Eagles finished second in the men's 4 x 1,500-meter relay, as Liam Purdy, Jim Belfatto, Josh Ellis and Alaeldin Tirba ran 16:02.73. They were less than four seconds behind first-place New Hamsphire.
The top women's finish for American was the distance medley relay quartet of Corina Velazco, Brianna Belo, Kelseagh Budris and Julienne DeVita, which was seventh in 12:15.91. The time was second best outdoors in the DMR in AU history.
American's men's DMR placed 11th, but Peter Rowe, Terrell Green, Liam May and Brendan Johnson ran 10:29.23 to move into eighth on the Eagles' list in that event.
AU's individual finishers each posted the best marks of the season, with Belo (2:20.02) and Budris (2:20.22) having quick times in the 800 and Velazco besting her mark in the 1,500 (4:44.67).
Belfatto (3:56.57), Tirba (3:56.69) and Purdy (4:00.85) each had the best marks by an Eagle so far this season in the 1,500, as did May (2:00.32) in the 800.
American is scheduled to compete next weekend at George Mason and at Bucknell. The Eagles are preparing for the 2015 Patriot League Outdoor Championships, to be held May 1 and 2 at Army.