WASHINGTON - The American University track & field team continued to knock down personal records (PR's) this weekend as the Eagles opened the final stretch of the regular season at the George Mason Spring Invitational.
- A total of eight Eagles departed Saturday's meet with new PR's, including three program top-ten marks from Emily Houghton, Liam Purdy, and Max Lustig.
- Houghton opened the evening schedule with a second-consecutive PR in the 800-meter run, shaving off another second off her previous best from last weekend with a 2:17.76 finish. She now moves up to No. 8 on the program's top-ten list for the event after coming in at No. 10 with her time from last weekend's Colonial Relays (2:18.61).
- Liam Purdy also came away with a new PR on the men's side for the 800m. Purdy opened the season with a 1:50.28 PR to tie with Sean Duffy for the second-fastest time in AU history. He now owns that spot outright after coming through in 1:49.95 on Saturday, becoming only the second Eagle to break 1:50 in the event after Dustin Emrani, who has held the program record since 2007 (1:46.92).
- Purdy continues to lead the Patriot League in the event and now moves into 23rd in the current NCAA East Region rankings to put him in good position for an NCAA Championships qualification.
- Adriana Hooks changed gears a bit this weekend, moving up from her 10,000m specialty to be featured in the 1500m run field. Hooks paced the AU squad with a 13th overall placing and earned a new PR with a 4:38.28 finish.
- Max Lustig rounded out the record book performances for the weekend, hitting the seventh-fastest 3k steeplechase time in program history after cutting nearly eight seconds off his previous PR with a 9:37.73 crossing.
- Other PR's out of the weekend include Caleb Brown (800m), Kassidy Ayres (1500m), Elise Hooker (1500m), and John Pagliaro (1500m).
HEAR FROM COACH GRAHAM...
"Great racing tonight for the vast majority of the Eagles. We're starting to confidently take risks and capitalize on those opportunities! Another night of PR's for both the women and men. The race of the night goes to Liam Purdy, breaking 1:50 in the 800m for the first time. His 1:49 should qualify him for the first round of the NCAA Championships."
|Long Jump, Men||7. Trevor Patton, 6.53m (21-5.25)|
|400m Dash, Men||30. Faolan Coogan Pluck, 54.90 | 31. Justin Dignan, 56.83 | 33. Nick Farrell, 57.53|
|800m Run, Women||18. Emily Houghton, 2:17.76 PR #8 | 45. Kaitlyn McTernan, 2:33.33|
|800m Run, Men||8. Liam Purdy, 1:49.95 PR #2 | 49. Miguel Dickenson, 2:02.41 | 50. Caleb Brown, 2:02.46 PR | 57. Christian Kahn, 2:04.92|
|1500m Run, Women||13. Adriana Hooks, 4:38.28 PR | 28. Kassidy Ayres, 4:50.63 PR | 29. Arianna Lopez, 4:51.18 | 38. Elise Hooker, 5:00.22 PR|
|1500m Run, Men||6. Matthew Rainey, 3:49.60 | 37. Ben Doiron, 4:03.21 | 42. John Pagliaro, 4:06.35 PR|
|5000m Run, Women||19. Katelyn Deibler, 19:05.42|
|3000m Steeplechase, Men||4. Max Lustig, 9:37.73 PR #7|
The Eagles will travel to Baltimore, Md., for one of the final meets of the regular season next weekend with the Morgan State Invitational on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20. The historic Penn Relays (April 25-27) will close out the season with the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships following at Navy on May 3-4.
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