March 15, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's and women's track teams notched seven top-10 finishes Saturday on Day Two of the Coastal Carolina University Invitational. Senior Cathleen Ford and junior Carlos Jamieson headlined the impressive performance by the Eagles in the non team-scoring event with first-place finishes in the men's and women's 1500 meter run.
Ford won the women's 1500 in a time of 4:37.99, nearly three seconds ahead of Cornerstone's Andi Owens who finished in second with a time of 4:40.72. Ford's winning time topped her previous personal record of 4:45.03 and moved her from sixth to fifth on AU's all-time top-10 list.
In the men's 1500, Jamieson recorded an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 3:47.39 to take first place. Jamieson just edged out Winthrop's Matt Elliot for the win as Elliot took second in 3:47.93. AU's Kyle Gaffney, Jeff Brannigan and Colin Eustis also earned top-10 finishes in the event, placing fourth, sixth and tenth, respectively. Gaffney finished in a time of 3:56.61 while Brannigan finished in 3:58.85 and Eustis finished in 4:02.75.
American also received top-10 finishes from Brian McCabe and Conor Sullivan in the men's 800 meter run. McCabe finished second in the event in 1:55.30 behind only Brandon Jones from N.C. Central who won the race in 1:54.12. Sullivan placed fifth with a time of 1:56.38.
The American University men's and women's track teams will continue their seasons next Saturday, March 22, at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., at 10 a.m.