Record Book Finishes Highlight Penn Relays Performances

Record Book Finishes Highlight Penn Relays Performances

PHILADELPHIA - Record book performances highlighted the final meet of the regular season for the American University Track & Field squad, as five Eagles traveled to Franklin Field to participate in the 123rd Penn Relays.

All five closed the meet with new top-ten performances in program history, starting with sophomore Adriana Hooks who took 16th in the 3000m run on Thursday night with a new outdoor personal record (PR) of 9:51.04.  Hooks entered the season with the No. 8 time in school history for the event with her 2016 PR (10:19.40), and now moves up into the No. 4 slot after dropping 28 seconds.  

The men's distance medley relay (DMR) followed with a record book performance of their own on Friday, as junior Alaeldin Tirba, junior Liam Purdy, sophomore Matthew Rainey and sophomore Ben Doiron hit the fifth-fastest time in school history with a 9:55.18 finish.  The squad maintained a position with the leaders from the gun, eventually falling in with the chase pack as Oklahoma distanced itself from the rest of the field.  The Eagles closed in fifth overall behind Oklahoma, La Salle, Pittsburgh, and Providence.

AU will be back next weekend with the start of the postseason competition, as the team prepares for the two-day Patriot League Outdoor Championships in Bethlehem, Pa., on May 5-6.  For the latest on American Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.