Budris, Belo Score for Eagles at ECAC Outdoor


PRINCETON, N.J.Kelseagh Budris cut five seconds off her career-best time in the women's 1,500-meter run, and Brianna Belo placed fifth in the women's 800 to highlight American University performances at the ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Princeton.

Budris and Belo were attempting to take advantage of strong fields in order to improve their times and earn a berth in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The top 48 in the East Region for both men and women get invitations to the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.
Budris ran 4:26.62 on Saturday in the trials of the 1,500. Her mark snapped her PR of 4:31.784 set in early April at the Colonial Relays. The time also moved her into third place all-time at AU.
Budris went 4:28.19 to finish eighth in Sunday's final. Christine Bendzinski of Bucknell won that race in 4:24.11.
After a school-record 2:08.23 to win the 800 at the Patriot League Outdoor Championships last weekend, Belo's best mark of this weekend was a 2:09.97 in Sunday's final, earning fifth place.
In a tightly contested 800 final, Danielle Gajewski of New Hampshire won in 2:07.82, but there was only one second separating second through sixth.
Belo won her preliminary heat on Saturday in 2:10.71.
American is scheduled to send some participants on Monday to the Swarthmore Final Qualifier.