March 22, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's and women's track teams continued their 2008 seasons on Saturday, competing at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. Senior Brendan Fennell won men's 1500 meter run to lead the men's team to a fourth-place finish while senior Kate Lilley and junior Meghan Mason each placed fifth in separate events to help the women's team to fifth place.
Fennell won the 1500 in a time of 3:50.33, placing him comfortably ahead of second-place finisher Andrew Hanko from Navy who finished in 3:52.02. Brian McCabe and Conor Sullivan also scored in the event, placing third and fifth, respectively, in times of 3:54.29 and 3:56.72.
Fennell's win is his second of the season after also taking first in the men's 3000 meter run at last week's Coastal Carolina University Invitational.
AU's Dan King earned two top-five finishes on the day, placing second in the 400 meter dash and fourth in the 200 meter dash. King's time of 50.35 in the 400 put him just behind Navy's Will Ricks who won the event and moves him from ninth to eighth on AU's all-time top-10 list. In the 200, King finished in a time of 23.61, less than one second behind George Mason's Justin Nelson who won the event in 22.72. King's 200 time also registered on AU's all-time list, entering him at 10th.
The men's team also received an all-time top-10 finish from Carlos Jamieson. Jamieson placed second in the 800 meter dash in 1:51.87, just four one-hundreths of a second slower than Navy's Paul Harris who won the event in 1:51.83. Jamieson's time places him at eighth on the school's all-time list.
The women's team was led by Lilley and Mason who placed fifth in the 800 meter run and 1500 meter run, respectively. Lilley's fifth-place finish came in a time of 2:21.52 which replaces her previous personal-best in the event at ninth on AU's all-time list. Mason's fifth-place time of 4:51.20 in the 1500 moves her to tenth place all-time at AU.
Overall the men's team finished in fourth place with 57 points while the women's team finished in fifth place with 38 points. Navy won both the men's and women's competition with 286 points and 303.5 points, respectively. Lehigh and Maryland also competed in both the men's and women's competitions while George Mason competed on the men's side and Virginia Commonwealth competed on the women's.