WASHINGTON – The American University track & field teams will divide and conquer this weekend as seven Eagles travel to the Adidas Raleigh Relays, hosted by N.C. State, and another 22 head to Annapolis for the Navy Invitational.
The weekend will open on Friday morning with the women's 5,000-meter run at the Paul Derr Track & Field Facility in Raleigh, N.C. Freshman Shelbi Wuss will be the sole AU representative in the event as she makes her outdoor 5k debut after opening the season with the 3000m steeplechase at the Shamrock Invitational two weeks ago.
Junior Ben Doiron and senior Alaeldin Tirba will take the track next in their 5k season debuts. Doiron opened the season with a 3000m personal record (PR) at the Shamrock Invitational, leading the field in 8:29.53 while Tirba opened his with a third-place finish in the mile (4:13.07).
Junior Matthew Rainey will look to bump into AU's all-time top-ten list in the 1500m run on Friday after falling a mere 0.02-seconds during his PR performance last season (3:49.06). Classmate Adriana Hooks will close the day with her career debut in the women's 10,000m run.
Seniors Brianna Belo and Liam Purdy feature in Saturday's events as both are set to take the line in the 800m run. Belo is the AU school record holder in the event with her 2:07.53 PR from last season while Purdy holds the seventh-fastest time in program history on the men's side with his 1:51.70 PR from 2017.
#AUTF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – FRIDAY
9:00 a.m. – 5000m Run, Women (Shelbi Wuss)
10:25 a.m. – 5000m Run, Men (Ben Doiron // Alaeldin Tirba)
3:27 p.m. – 1500m Run, Men (Matthew Rainey)
8:47 p.m. – 10,000m Run, Women (Adriana Hooks)
The majority of the team will travel to nearby Annapolis, Md., on Saturday for the Navy Spring Invitational. Events will begin at noon with freshman Nadia Stratton's first career 3000m steeplechase. Freshman Max Lustig and junior Tommy Sommer will follow in the men's 3k steeplechase. This will be an event debut for Lustig while Sommer will look to improve on his 10:14.06 performance from the Shamrock Invitational.
Junior Trevor Patton will be the sole AU competitor in the field events as he continues the hunt for the school record in the men's long jump. Patton is No. 2 on the all-time top ten list for AU with his 6.86m (22-6.25) PR. He will also be featured in a pair of events on the track with the 400m and 200m dashes later in the day.
#AUTF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
12:00 p.m. – 3000m Steeplechase, Women (Nadia Stratton)
12:15 p.m. – 3000m Steeplechase, Men (Max Lustig // Tommy Sommer)
12:45 p.m. – Long Jump, Men (Trevor Patton)
12:45 p.m. – 1500m Run, Women (Kassidy Ayres // Arianna Lopez // Jude Mabone // Kaitlyn McTernan)
12:55 p.m. – 1500m Run, Men (Caleb Brown // Gerard D'Ambrosio III // John Pagliaro // Chris Tibbetts)
1:35 p.m. – 400m Dash, Women (Chia-Ry Chang Urena)
1:50 p.m. – 400m Dash, Men (Trevor Patton)
2:25 p.m. – 800m Run, Women (Emily Houghton // Lucia Rose)
2:40 p.m. – 800m Run, Men (Faolan Coogan Pluck // Justin Dignan)
3:25 p.m. – 200m Dash, Women (Grace Goulding)
3:40 p.m. – 200m Dash, Men (Trevor Patton)
3:55 p.m. – 5000m Run, Women (Katelyn Deibler)
4:15 p.m. – 5000m Run, Men (Jim Belfatto // Michael Weidenbruch)
4:35 p.m. – 4x400m Relay, Women
The Eagles will return to competition on Saturday, April 14 with the George Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va. For the latest on American Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.