Track & Field Closes Out Patriot League Championships

Track & Field Closes Out Patriot League Championships

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The American University track and field team shut the book on the Patriot League Championships on Saturday, May 6, with four top-ten finishes and a pair of personal record (PR) performances from sophomores Sammie Paul and Tommy Sommer.

The day's events began with the women's 1500m run, where freshman Arianna Lopez led the field in the first of two sections and placed tenth overall with a final time of 4:49.03.  Junior Jude Mabone was next across the line for the Eagles in 16th, followed by sophomore Kailee Traficante in 19th and freshman Katelyn Deibler in 22nd.

Junior Liam Purdy was next up on the track, making his return after anchoring the men's 4x800m to a first-place finish on Friday (7:34.64).  He closed in tenth overall for the open 800m run, crossing in 1:55.12.

Sophomore Sammie Paul highlighted the women's 800m run with a PR crossing of 2:23.08, good for 27th overall in the field.  She was followed by freshman Kaitlyn McTernan in 30th.

The 5000m runs closed out the weekend's performances for the Eagles, starting with freshman Gerard D'Ambrosio, sophomore Ben Doiron, sophomore Tommy Sommer, and junior Alaeldin Tirba in the men's race.  Doiron led the squad across the line with a 10th-place finish in 14:50.65, followed by Tirba in 16th, Sommer in 23rd with a new PR of 15:16.99, and D'Ambrosio in 29th.

Sophomore Adriana Hooks was last up on the track in the women's 5000m run, where she crossed in sixth overall (17:09.66).

The American University track and field team closed the first day of the Patriot League Outdoor Championships on Friday with yet another 4x800m title after the Eagles repeated their winning performance from the indoor season.  The team will be back in action at Lehigh's Goodman Track & Field Complex on Saturday for the final day of competition.

The men's 4x800m was certainly the highlight of the day, as junior Alaeldin Tirba, sophomore Ben Doiron, sophomore Matthew Rainey and junior Liam Purdy landed back atop the podium with their 7:34.64 winning performance.  For Tirba, Rainey and Purdy, this was familiar territory as the three were also members of the first-place team during the indoor PL Championships.  

The squad entered the weekend after hitting the sixth-fastest DMR time in program history during last weekend's Penn Relays (9:55.18).  They now add their names to another all-time top ten list with the eighth-fastest 4x800m time in AU history (7:34.64).

Also notching a couple of points for the men's team was sophomore Trevor Patton, who closed the long jump competition in seventh with a top mark of 6.71m (22-0.25).

The AU women also saw their first competition of the weekend Friday afternoon, as the young crew of sophomore Adriana Hooks and freshmen Kaitlyn McTernan, Emily Houghton and Arianna Lopez placed tenth in the 4x800m (9:38.75).

The Eagles will return to the track next week for the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet in Swarthmore, Pa., on Monday, May 15.  For the latest on American Track & Field, stay tuned to and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.  

Long Jump, Men - 7. Trevor Patton, 6.71m (22-0.25)
4x800m, Men - 1. (Tirba, Rainey, Doiron, Purdy), 7:34.64 #8
4x800m, Women - 10. (Hooks, McTernan, Houghton, Lopez), 9:38.75

800m Run, Men - 10. Liam Purdy, 1:55.12
800m Run, Women - 27. Sammie Paul, 2:23.08 PR // 30. Kaitlyn McTernan, 2:29.52
1500m Run, Women - 10. Arianna Lopez, 4:49.03 // 16. Jude Mabone, 5:02.05 // 19. Kailee Traficante, 5:02.89 // 22. Katelyn Deibler, 5:11.95
5000m Run, Men - 10. Benjamin Doiron, 14:50.65 // 16. Alaeldin Tirba, 15:01.49 // 23. Tommy Sommer, 15:16.99 PR // 29. Gerard D'Ambrosio, 15:43.15
5000m Run, Women - 6. Adriana Hooks, 17:09.66