WASHINGTON - The American University track & field team will close its 2017 regular season at one of the oldest and most prestigious outdoor meets in the country this week, as five Eagles head to Philadelphia for the 123rd Penn Relays.
Boasting one of the top fields in the country for the outdoor season, including elite athletes from around the world ranging from the high school to professional level, the Penn Relays has become one of the premier meets of the season in the U.S. For AU, this will be the final test before the start of postseason competition as the Patriot League Outdoor Championships (May 5-6) quickly approaches.
First up for the Eagles will be sophomore Adriana Hooks in the women's 3000m, scheduled to go off at 8:35 p.m. on Thursday. Hooks enters the 49-woman field after a personal record (PR) performance in the 1500m run at the George Mason Spring Invitational, where she crossed in 4:39.86 to take 17th in the field.
Earlier in the season, Hooks hit a new AU top-ten time for the 5000m run, crossing with the No. 4 time in program history with a 16:59.13 performance at the Colonial Relays.
Events will continue into Friday for AU with the men's distance medley at 5:33 p.m. The Eagles will draw from the five-man pool of sophomore Ben Doiron, junior Alaeldin Tirba, sophomore Matthew Rainey, sophomore Trevor Patton and junior Liam Purdy to fill the four-person squad.
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