Belo, Tirba Clinch Victories at Patriot Games

Belo, Tirba Clinch Victories at Patriot Games

FAIRFAX, Va. - Juniors Brianna Belo and Alaeldin Tirba closed January with yet another set of individual victories to highlight the American University track & field team's performances at the Patriot Games, hosted by George Mason on Saturday, Jan. 28.

Belo just missed on her 500m dash school record mark (1:14.46) with a 1:15.58 crossing to lead the 11-woman field.  She is now 3-of-4 for individual victories this season after she placed first in the 800m runs at the Terrapin Invitational and Navy Mid-Week Meet.  Her only loss of the season came at the Navy Lid Lifter in December, where she crossed in second over 800m in 2:16.81.

Sophomore Sammie Paul joined her on the line on Saturday and crossed in sixth overall with a final time of 1:25.24.

On the men's side, Tirba led a 1-2-3 effort from the Eagles in the mile, finishing with a season's best 4:16.04 to lead the 48-man field.  Junior Liam Purdy was close behind in 4:18.51 for second overall, followed by a PR effort from sophomore Ben Doiron, who crossed in 4:18.64 for third.

In the women's 1000m run, freshman Arianna Lopez added her name to the AU record book with the No. 7 time in school history, crossing in 3:01.68 for tenth in the field.  Sophomore Adriana Hooks and freshman Kaitlyn McTernan were close behind in 11th and 12th overall.

The Eagles will be back on Friday, Feb. 3, with a trip down to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Camel City Invitational.  For the latest on AU Track & Field, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.

HIGH JUMP, WOMEN - 5. Grace Goulding, 1.55m (5-1)
LONG JUMP, MEN - 5. Trevor Patton, 6.70m (21-11.75)

400m DASH, MEN - 21. Liam May, 54.83 PR // 35. Nick Sifrin, 58.80 PR
500m DASH, WOMEN - 1. Brianna Belo, 1:15.58 // 6. Sammie Paul, 1:25.24
800m RUN, WOMEN - 18. Grace Parke, 2:30.66 PR
800m RUN, MEN - 5. Chandler Ross, 1:57.29 // 11. James Belfatto, 2:01.94 // 14. Justin Dignan, 2:03.65 PR
1000m RUN, WOMEN - 10. Arianna Lopez, 3:01.68 #7 // 11. Adriana Hooks, 3:03.32 // 12. Kaitlyn McTernan, 3:04.20
1000m RUN, MEN - 6. Matthew Rainey, 2:30.27 PR // 10. Gerard D'Ambrosio, 2:35.68
MILE RUN, MEN - 1. Alaeldin Tirba, 4:16.04 // 2. Liam Purdy, 4:18.51 // 3. Ben Doiron, 4:18.64 PR
3000m RUN, WOMEN - 13. Jude Mabone, 11:25.67 // 14. Kailee Traficante, 11:29.63
3000m RUN, MEN - 32. Faolan Coogan-Puck, 9:48.03