May 28, 2008
WASHINGTON - Three members of the American University men's track and field team will be competing at the NCAA East Regional Meet in Tallahassee, Fla., this Friday and Saturday, May 30-31. Seniors Brendan Fennell and Steve Hallinan will both be making their third appearance at the regional meet and will be joined by junior Carlos Jamieson making his second appearance.
Hallinan will be first to take to the track on Friday when he competes in the 1500 meter prelim. Hallinan qualified for the regional at the Oregon Twilight Meet on May 10 with a personal record time of 3:44.10. Hallinan is seeded seventh in the region and 32nd in the nation. The senior has twice competed at the NCAA East Regional Meet, placing 18th in the 1500 meter run in 2007 and 22nd in the 5000 meter in 2006. He will need to finish in the top-15 during Friday's prelims to advance to the 1500 meter finals on Saturday.
Fennell and Jamieson both qualified for the regional's 5000 meter run at the Adidas Raleigh Relays on March 28. At the meet Fennell set a new school record in the 5000 with a winning time of 13:51.67. This time has Fennell seeded fourth in the region and 18th in the nation. Jamieson placed ninth in the race and posted the school's second fastest time of 14:08.54. Neither runner has competed in the 5000 meter since qualifying for the regional.
Fennell has previously made two appearances at the NCAA East Regional Meet. In 2007 he placed 19th in the 5000 after taking 23rd place in the same race in 2006. Jamieson will be making his second straight appearance at the regional meet. Last year Jamieson placed 29th in the 1500 meter run. Both will attempt to become American's first NCAA Championships qualifier in the event.
Fennell and Jamieson each also qualified for the regional's 1500 meter race but have elected to focus their training on the 5000. The pair first broke the qualifying standard at the Patriot League Outdoor Track and Field Championships where Jamieson set a new meet record of 3:43.24 and Fennell finished in 3:44.12. They later improved on those times with PR's of 3:41.84 and 3:43.26, respectively, at the Oregon Twilight Meet.
To qualify for the NCAA Championships, held this year at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, June 11-14, participants at the regional must finish in the top-5 of their respective finals heat.