Ellis Earns Silver at PL Outdoor

Ellis Earns Silver at PL Outdoor

WEST POINT, N.Y.Josh Ellis finished second in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, giving American University it's top finish this weekend at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Army West Point.

Ellis was edged at the line by Tomas Girardot of Army, finishing just 0.27 seconds ahead of Ellis, who had a career-best of 9:00.38. Ellis ' mark is within a second of the 42-year-old AU school record of 8:59.44, set by David Reinhart in 1973.
 
On the women's side, freshman Brianna Belo continued her assault on the AU school record in the 400-meter dash. She finished fifth in 57.05, erasing her own record of 57.52. Prior to the spring of 2015, the old AU mark was 58.59, set by Zaia Wharton in 2006.
 
Brendan Johnson also medaled for the Eagle men, finishing third in the 5,000. His mark of 14:29.51 was a season-best and a qualifier for the IC4A Outdoor Championships later this month. The men's 5K was one of the best races of the meet as less than two seconds separated the top three finishers.
 
Jim Belfatto was fourth in the men's 1,500 with a mark of 3:52.54, while Tom Woermer started the meet well for the Eagles by finishing sixth in the men's 10,000 on Friday morning in a career-best 30:35.95. Woermer remained in seventh on the Eagles' all-time list in the event.
 
AU scored in both the men's and women's 4x800 relays, each finishing sixth in easily their best times of the season and each hitting ECAC/IC4A standards.
 
Belo, Kelseagh Budris, Judy Mabone and Corina Velazco went 9:14.29 to move into eighth all-time at AU, while Alaeldin Tirba, Liam May, Terrell Green and Belfatto went 7:40.34.
 
American finished in seventh in the men's team standings with 25 points, and tied for ninth on the women's side with seven.
 
Navy's men dominated that side of the meet, finishing with 251.5 points to easily outscore Army's second-place total of 152. Bucknell had a 16-point cushion on Boston U. to win the women's team title.