WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – It has been a steady climb for junior Brianna Belo, but she can now finally put American University school record holder next to her name, after she hit the top time in school history in the 800m run on Saturday. Belo was one of six Eagles to highlight the weekend's events at the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., as the team departed its last regular season indoor competition with five new personal records (PR), a school record, and the fourth-fastest 5000m time in school history from sophomore Adriana Hooks.
Belo wasted no time in her climb toward the top of the record board this season, improving on her 2:17.06 PR during the indoor debut on Dec. 1 with a second-place finish at the Navy Lid Lifter in 2:16.81 to maintain the No. 3 position on the AU All-Time Top Ten. Since then, she has taken the line for three 800m races and cut her time down twice, including the 2:11.41 crossing on Saturday that knocked down the 12-year-old record by Zaia Wharton.
Sophomore Adriana Hooks also caused some reshuffling in the record books, as she made her indoor 5000m debut with the fourth-fastest time in school history, 17:32.45.
Other PR's from the weekend include a new mile best from freshman Arianna Lopez, who continues to edge closer to an All-Time Top Ten performance with her 5:08.90 finish. On the men's side, junior Liam Purdy placed fifth in the 800m with a PR of 1:54.35 while sophomores Chandler Ross and Matthew Rainey each hit new career-bests in the mile with 4:13.57 and 4:18.72 crossings, respectively.
The teams will now take a week break from competition before they head to Boston for the Patriot League Indoor Championships on Feb. 17-19. For the latest on AU Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.
800m Run, Women – 2. Brianna Belo, 2:11.41 PR
800m Run, Men – 5. Liam Purdy, 1:54.35 PR
Mile Run, Women – 5. Arianna Lopez, 5:08.90 PR // 17. Kaitlyn McTernan, 5:19.47
Mile Run, Men – 1. Chandler Ross, 4:13.57 PR // 7. Alaeldin Tirba, 4:16.70 // 15. Matthew Rainey, 4:18.72 PR // 28. Ben Doiron, 4:25.15
5000m Run, Women – 3. Adriana Hooks, 17:32.45