Top Three Finish Closes Out Colonial Relays

Top Three Finish Closes Out Colonial Relays

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The American University track and field team closed out the two-day Colonial Relays on Saturday, April 1, with a top-three finish from the men's 4x1500m relay.  The Eagles departed Williamsburg, Va., with three personal records (PR's), two All-Time Top Ten marks, and a new school record from junior Brianna Belo.

Sophomores Ben Doiron and Matthew Rainey, and juniors Liam Purdy and Alaeldin Tirba took the line for AU's only event of the day with the men's 4x1500m relay, placing third in the field with a final time of 15:47.40.  A non-NCAA Championship event unique to relay meets, the Eagles' squad now sits at No. 5 in the NCAA rankings behind Eastern Michigan, Villanova, Eastern Kentucky and William & Mary.

4x1500m Relay, Men - 3. (Doiron, Purdy, Rainey, Tirba), 15:47.40

Brianna Belo
 continued her record-breaking junior campaign on Friday, March 31, as she surpassed her own 800m run school record en route to her second consecutive event win of the season.  Junior Liam Purdy and sophomore Adriana Hooks joined Belo with personal record marks of their own during the second of three days at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.

Already one of the best middle distance runners to ever pass through the program, Belo continued to solidify her position in the AU record books during the indoor season with school records in the 500m dash (1:12.63), 800m run (2:11.41) and 1000m run (2:50.90).  She started her outdoor season in a similar fashion, just missing out on her own record mark in the 800m (2:08.23) during the Navy Invitational, where she crossed for her first win of the season in 2:09.67.  Now, in only the third meet of her outdoor campaign, Belo has cruised through that record mark with her 2:07.53 finish at the Colonial Relays, currently one of the top ten times in the NCAA and No. 5 in the East Region.

Record marks continued to fall throughout the rest of the evening's events, starting with junior Liam Purdy who timed through his third PR in as many meets this season.  He was fourth across the line in the 800m run and added his name to the AU history books with the seventh-fastest time in school history at 1:51.70.  

Sophomore Adriana Hooks closed the day with her season debut in the 5000m run, breaking through the coveted 17-minute barrier for the first time in her career with a 16:59.13 finish for seventh in the field.  Hooks already held the fifth-fastest time in school history with her freshman PR (17:10.46), but now moves into the No. 4 slot midway through the 2017 season.

Other performances for the day include sophomore Matthew Rainey, who placed 13th in the 800m run (1:52.90), and junior Alaeldin Tirba, who took 16th in the 1500m run (3:54.99).  

800m Run, Men - 4. Liam Purdy, 1:51.70 PR #7  //  13. Matthew Rainey, 1:52.90
800m Run, Women - 1. Brianna Belo, 2:07.53 PR SR
1500m Run, Men - 16. Alaeldin Tirba, 3:54.99
5000m Run, Women - 7. Adriana Hooks, 16:59.13 PR #4

# - All-Time Top Ten
SR - School Record

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