WASHINGTON – It's championship season for the American University track & field team as the Eagles travel to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Holy Cross on Friday and Saturday (May 3-4).
- The women return two of the scorers from last year's seventh-place team with seniors Adriana Hooks and Arianna Lopez.
- Hooks was third in the 10,000-meter run last year, making the podium before returning the next day to place fifth in the 5000m. She will be back in both events this weekend, starting with her main event – the 10k – on Friday morning.
- Hooks will close her career as one of the top distance runners in program history, owning the third-fastest time in AU history for the 10k (35:45.81) and fourth-fastest time in the 5k (16:59.13). She enters the weekend with a season-best 35:57.30 in the 10k from the Penn Relays which is the second-fastest time in the league this season behind Boston University's Abigail Gugel (34:56.97).
- Lopez is the only returning member of the sixth-place 4x800m relay team from last season. She will join Emily Houghton on Saturday in the women's 800m run, both of whom have hit new personal records (PR) this season – 2:16.89 and 2:17.76, respectively. Both of those times also bumped Lopez and Houghton into the program top-ten list for the event. Lopez currently ranks seventh in program history while Houghton sits in ninth.
- Shelbi Wuss and Clare Hernandez round out the competitors on the women's side. Both will join Hooks on Saturday in the 5k.
- The men, who finished eighth last season, return three of their five scorers from last season, including Liam Purdy who is riding some serious momentum heading into the weekend as he hit back-to-back PR's in the 800m run, both good for No. 2 in program history.
- Purdy tied the No. 2 time in program history at the Raleigh Relays with a 1:50.28 PR. He knocked that time down another few notches at the George Mason Spring Invitational, becoming the first AU runner since 2007 to break 1:50 in the 800m with a 1:49.95 crossing to own the No. 2 spot in the record book outright. That 1:49.95 continues to lead the Patriot League this season and puts him within qualification for the NCAA Championships Preliminary Round ranked No. 36 in the east region.
- Matthew Rainey also enters the weekend as one of the top mid-distance runners in the league, ranked eighth in the 1500m run with his season-best 3:49.04. Rainey qualified for the NCAA Championships Preliminary Round in the event last season after hitting the sixth-fastest time in program history (3:45.70).
- Ben Doiron rounds out the list of returning scorers from last season. He will join Gerard D'Ambrosio III on Saturday in the 5k.
- Trevor Patton and Max Lustig finish out the list of AU competitors. Patton will open in the long jump on Friday before taking the track for the 400m dash on Saturday. Lustig will be featured in the 3000m steeplechase on Saturday.
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|Friday||9:45 a.m.||10,000m Run, Women||Adriana Hooks|
|Friday||1 p.m.||Long Jump, Men||Trevor Patton|
|Saturday||Noon||3000m Steeplechase, Men||Max Lustig|
|Saturday||1:20 p.m.||1500m Run, Men||Matthew Rainey|
|Saturday||2:10 p.m.||400m Dash, Men||Trevor Patton|
|Saturday||3:10 p.m.||800m Run, Men||Liam Purdy|
|Saturday||3:25 p.m.||800m Run, Women||Emily Houghton | Arianna Lopez|
|Saturday||4:35 p.m.||5000m Run, Men||Gerard D'Ambrosio III | Ben Doiron|
|Saturday||4:55 p.m.||5000m Run, Women||Clare Hernandez | Adriana Hooks | Shelbi Wuss|