May 3, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's and women's teams track teams began competition on Friday at the 2008 Patriot League Track and Field Championships, scoring in both events they entered. The men's team captured its seventh-consecutive 4x800 meter championship on Day One and senior Meghan Mason placed sixth in the women's 10,000 meter run.
The men's 4x800 meter relay team of Steve Hallinan, Conor Sullivan, Brendan Fennell and Carlos Jamieson won the Eagles first title of the weekend with a time of 7:29.49. AU held off the team from Colgate for the win which finished second in 7:30.64. The victory is American's seventh straight in the event as it has won the men's 4x800 meter title each year since joining the conference. AU's time in the event was the third fastest in school history.
Mason was the lone woman to compete on Friday as she took sixth place in the 10,000 meter run. Mason completed the course in 39:07.47 while the event's winner, Meghan Curran from Army, finished in 37:31.22.
The men's team is currently in fifth place after the first day with 10 team points and the women's team sits in seventh place with one point. Navy leads the men's competition with 67 points while Bucknell is atop the women's scoreboard with 58 points.
Competition will continue on Saturday, May 3, at the 2008 Patriot League Track and Field Championships hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy. A host of Eagles will be in action on Day Two including seniors Kate Lilley, Fennell and Hallinan in the men's and women's 1500 meter run, classmate Cathleen Ford in the women's 5000 meter run and junior Frank Borden in the men's high jump.