Tirba, Sommer Clinch Event Wins at Legacy Meet

Tirba, Sommer Clinch Event Wins at Legacy Meet

BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior Alaeldin Tirba and sophomore Tommy Sommer highlighted one of the final regular season meets of the year for the American University track & field team on Saturday, as they led the 11-athlete squad at the Morgan State Legacy Meet with individual wins in the 1500m and 5000m runs, respectively.

Sommer was one of three Eagles to close the weekend with new personal records (PRs), after he led the 5000m field in 15:23.36.  Freshman Gerard D'Ambrosio closed not far behind, taking third overall in 15:34.57.

Tirba battled with the lead pack in the 1500m run throughout the majority of the race before edging out Norfolk's Felix Kiprotich for the win in 4:03.31.  He returned to the track later that day, placing 15th in the 800m run in 1:57.40.  Freshman Justin Dignan followed with the second PR of the day, taking 22nd overall in 2:00.60.

On the women's side, junior Jude Mabone led the team with her 11th place finish in the 1500m run (4:58.10), followed by sophomore Kailee Traficante in 16th (5:02.79) and freshman Katelyn Deibler in 20th (5:09.40).

The third and final PR of the day came out of the lone AU event at the Princeton Invitational, where sophomore Benjamin Doiron hit a new career-best 14:30.32 in the 5000m run to take 15th in the field.

The team will return to the track later this week for the Penn Relays, set to take place starting Thursday, April 27, to Saturday, April 29.  From there, AU will make the trip to Bethlehem, Pa., for the Patriot League Outdoor Championships on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6.

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Long Jump, Men - 6. Trevor Patton, 6.77m (22-2.50)

400m Dash, Women - 36. Emily Houghton, 1:03.47
800m Run, Women - 20. Sammie Paul, 2:25.84 // 22. Kaitlyn McTernan, 2:26.49
800m Run, Men - 15. Alaeldin Tirba, 1:57.40 // 22. Justin Dignan, 2:00.60 PR
1500m Run, Women - 11. Jude Mabone, 4:58.10 // 16. Kailee Traficante, 5:02.79 // 20. Katelyn Deibler, 5:09.40
1500m Run, Men - 1. Alaeldin Tirba, 4:03.31
5000m Run, Men - 1. Tommy Sommer, 15:23.36 PR // 3. Gerard D'Ambrosio, 15:34.57 

5000m Run, Men - 15. Benjamin Doiron, 14:30.32 PR