Sep 04, 2014
The American University men's cross country team gets a strong early season test on Friday when it races in the Bill Dellinger Invitational at the University of Oregon.
The field of teams will include the third-ranked Ducks, Michigan State and Portland State on the men's side. The 8-kilometer event will cover Pre's Trail, named in honor of famous Oregon standout Steve Prefontaine.
The trip to Eugene is a homecoming for longtime AU head coach Matt Centrowitz, where he helped the Ducks win a NCAA national championship in men's cross country in 1977.
He will take a 2014 Eagles team led by senior Nick Regan, who is a two-time All-Patriot League honoree. Many of AU's top runners will be making their first appearance of the new season after sitting out last week's Mount St. Mary's Duals.
One Eagle who did not train through at the Mount was sophomore Brendan Johnson, who won the 5K event in 14:58. He earned American's GEICO Student-Athlete of the Week and the M-F Athletics Patriot League Male Runner of the Week award after his victory.
Following the trip west, American will return to the area to compete in the Navy Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 13.