@AU_TrackXC's Belo Claims Patriot League Title on Final Day

Brianna Belo leads the 800m field at the 2018 Patriot League Championships

EASTON, Pa. - A dominant performance from senior Brianna Belo highlighted the final day of the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships for American University on Saturday as she claimed her third career league title in the 800-meter run.

Belo led the 800m field from the gun, battling a headwind to cross less than a second off her school record in the event with a 2:07.79 finish. This is the third league title in the event for Belo, who missed the outdoor championship last season with an injury. She was back on top of the podium during the 2018 indoor championship meet with her 2:12.12 winning performance and entered this weekend with a target on her back after leading the league rankings for the majority of the outdoor season. 

With her 2:07.52 school record performance from the Colonial Relays in April, Belo is in a good position for qualification into the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Tampa, Fla., later this month. She currently ranks 41st in the east region with qualification based on the top-48 performances in each individual event.

In the men's 800m, senior Liam Purdy returned to the track after missing much of the season due to injury and earned a point for the Eagles' final tally with an eighth-place crossing in 1:53.97.

In her final meet as an Eagle, senior Jude Mabone put up a strong performance in the first of two sections of the women's 1500m run. She led the section in 4:34.55 to earn a new personal record (PR) and fourth overall in the field. That time also ranks eighth in program history.

Junior Adriana Hooks and freshman Shelbi Wuss made their return to the track in the 5,000m run after opening the meet in the 10,000m run on Friday morning. Hooks paced through with the leaders for the majority of the race before closing in fifth overall for four points. Wuss closed in 15th overall with a new PR of 18:02.94.

A pair of freshmen highlighted the events early in the day, as Nadia Stratton and Max Lustig both earned PR's in the women's and men's 3000m steeplechase, respectively. Stratton cut off 26 seconds with her 11:31.66 finish for 11th in the women's field while Lustig just edged under his previous best with a 9:53.40 crossing for 17th.

Senior Alaeldin Tirba paced the trio of Eagles in the men's 5,000m run to close out the weekend's events for American. He closed in sixth overall in 14:47.54 for three points and was followed by junior Ben Doiron in 13th and Lustig in 29th.

400m Dash, Men - 16. Trevor Patton, 52.26
800m Run, Women - 1. Brianna Belo, 2:07.79 // 24. Kaitlyn McTernan, 2:19.27 // 25. Emily Houghton, 2:19.50 PR
800m Run, Men - 8. Liam Purdy, 1:53.97 // 15. Chris Tibbetts, 1:55.79 // 23. Faolan Coogan-Pluck, 1:58.65 PR
1500m Run, Women - 4. Jude Mabone, 4:34.55 PR #8 // 16. Arianna Lopez, 4:44.39
1500m Run, Men - 6. Matthew Rainey, 3:50.58
5000m Run, Women - 5. Adriana Hooks, 17:27.00 // 15. Shelbi Wuss, 18:02.94 PR
5000m Run, Men - 6. Alaeldin Tirba, 14:47.54 // 13. Ben Doiron, 15:10.55 // 29. Max Lustig, 16:45.15
3000m Steeplechase, Women - 11. Nadia Stratton, 11:31.66 PR
3000m Steeplechase, Men - 17. Max Lustig, 9:53.40 PR

Long Jump, Men - 12. Trevor Patton, 6.77m (22-2.50)

10,000m Run, Women - 3. Adriana Hooks, 36:14.23 / 17. Shelbi Wuss, 39:16.50 #9
4x800m Relay, Women - 6. (Mabone, Lopez, McTernan, Belo), 9:11.85
4x800m Relay, Men - 4. (Tirba, Tibbetts, Doiron, Rainey), 7:40.08

1.  Navy, 178.5 points
2.  Bucknell, 141
3.  Lehigh, 134
4.  Army West Point, 129
5.  Boston University, 115.5
6.  Holy Cross, 93
7.  AMERICAN, 28
8.  Loyola (Md.), 25
9.  Lafayette, 9
10.  Colgate, 4

1.  Navy, 281 points
2.  Army West Point, 217
3.  Bucknell, 114.5
4.  Boston University, 84
5.  Lehigh, 64.5
6.  Lafayette, 52
7.  Holy Cross, 21
8.  AMERICAN, 12
9.  Colgate, 10

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