Budris, Rainey Lead Eagles at Mason Spring Meet


FAIRFAX, Va.Kelseagh Budris won the women's 1,500-meter run and Matthew Rainey hit an IC4A-qualifying mark in the men's 1,500 as American University competed on a chilly Saturday at the Mason Spring Invitational track and field meet.

Budris ran 4:39.41 to outrun a tightly knit pack at the end of the women's 1,500. Five runners finished within a second and a half at the end, with Budris earning a half-second edge at the line.
Rainey placed second in the men's 1,500 at 3:54.96, running behind only Tim Gorman of Dartmouth (3:52.56). Rainey's time was nearly two seconds better than the IC4A mark and cut nearly six seconds off his previous season-best.
AU placed four runners among the top 10 in the men's 1,500, with Alaeldin Tirba in third (3:55.47), Chandler Ross in seventh (3:56.75) and Ben Doiron in 10th (3:58.88). Rainey becomes the third Eagle to hit the IC4A standard in the 1,500 (Tirba and Jim Belfatto).
Brendan Johnson continued a strong outdoor season with a second-place finish in the men's 5,000, running 15:02.09. Tom Dengler earned 10th in 15:28.85.
Also for the AU women, Brianna Belo was ninth in the  800 at 2:18.02 and Chia-Ry Chang Ureña went 13.77 in the 100-meter dash, posting the ninth-best mark ever for the Eagles.
American is scheduled to have next weekend off from competition before participating on April 23 at the Morgan State Legacy Meet. The Eagles are in preparation for the Patriot League Outdoor Championships on May 6 and 7 at Bucknell.