Rainey Selected to Academic All-Patriot League Team

Junior Matthew Rainey at the 2018 Terrapin Invitational

WASHINGTON - American University track & field junior Matthew Rainey earned his third career Academic All-Patriot League nod, the league office released on Monday.

The Brentwood, Tenn., native made his debut on the Academic All-League squad during the 2017 outdoor season then followed it up with another selection during the 2017 cross country season. He currently holds a cumulative GPA of 3.53 as a CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics & Government) major.

Rainey closed his indoor campaign with a pair of podium finishes at the Patriot League Championships, placing second as a member of the men's 4x800-meter relay and distance medley relay (DMR). Both teams earned new AU all-time top ten finishes, with the 4x800m squad crossing with the tenth-fastest time in program history (7:39.71), and the DMR finishing with the eighth-fastest (10:07.96).

Rainey also earned a new personal record (PR) of 4:13.02 in the mile run at the league championship meet for fifth in the field.

The junior also earned a new 1500m PR earlier in the season after he timed through in 3:50.38 to place third at the Navy Invitational.

The Eagles will open the outdoor season on Saturday, March 17, with the Shamrock Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For the latest on AU Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.