May 1, 2008
WASHINGTON - The American University men's and women's track teams are headed to Annapolis, Md., this weekend for the 2008 Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the United States Naval Academy, May 2-3. Both teams are looking to improve on last year's performances at this meet where they combined for three individual championships.
The meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, May 2, with the men's team taking to the track first in the 4x800 meter relay. The team of Carlos Jamieson, Brendan Fennell, Steve Hallinan, and Conor Sullivan will look to give the Eagles their seventh-consecutive victory in the event. Also scheduled to compete on Friday are Meghan Mason in the women's 10,000 meters and Gena Turner in the 200 meter trials. Mason will look to close out her collegiate running career with her first PL title.
Both teams return to the track on Saturday, opening with the men's high jump. AU's lone field athlete and member of the men's basketball team Frank Borden enters the event ranked sixth in the conference. This event will be followed by the 1500 meter run where Kate Lilley will compete for the women and nine competitors will take the track for the men's side. Lilley is currently the top-ranked female in the event with a time of 4:31.98. The men's team has four runners in the top eight of the conference, led by Hallinan's 3:44.28. The men swept the first four places in this event last year.
Following the 1500 will be Morgan Block and Dan King in the 400 meter dash, where both will look to contribute to the Eagles' scoring. Block and King will be followed by Mary Jane Egan in the women's 800 meter and Hallinan, Jamieson, and Kris Kagan in the men's 800.
The last individual event of the meet is the 5,000 meter run, in which both the women's and men's teams have three competitors entered. Competing on the women's side will be Cathleen Ford, Rachel Forcino, and Greta Wicklund. Ford currently has the top time in the conference this season with a 17:14.31 effort. For the men, Fennell, Jamieson, and Jeremy Scheid will be in action. Fennell and Jamieson are ranked 1-2 in the conference.
AU's meet will conclude with the men's 4x400 meter relay on Saturday ran by a team yet to be determined.