Ellis, Velazco, Gallagher Top AU Results at Penn Relays

Ellis, Velazco, Gallagher Top AU Results at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIAJosh Ellis finished second in the men's steeplechase to post American University's top individual finish at the historic Penn Relays held at Franklin Field.

AU assistant coach Kerri Gallagher made a big splash on the national stage by winning the Olympic Development Women's mile. Gallagher, who won the Army 10-Miler in D.C., won in a wire-to-wire run of 4:34.42, besting a field that included Olympians, NCAA champions and top collegiate runners.
 
Ellis ran 9:10.08 in the college division of the steeplechase, finishing behind only Khalil Rmidi Kinini of UMES, who ran 9:02.84. Ellis will be one of the top seeds for next week's Patriot League Outdoor Championships.
 
Eagle sophomore Corina Velazco posted a season-best by 19 seconds with her time of 10:02.33 in the championship division of the women's 3,000-meter run. Velazco's mark moved her from seventh to fourth on AU's all-time list in that event.
 
Brendan Johnson, making his first appearance of the outdoor season since the opener, finished ninth in the men's college division 5,000 at 14:30.94, missing an IC4A-qualifying mark by less than a second.
 
Tom Woermer was 22ndin 14:49.92 in that event.
 
Eagle assistant coach Chris Kwaitkowski was fifth in the Olympic Development Men's 5,000, running 14:33.39.
 
American will compete on Friday and Saturday in the Patriot League Outdoor Championships, to be held at Army West Point.