PRINCETON, NJ – Two sophomores led the way as the men and women of American University cross country closed out their regular season on Saturday at the Princeton Invitational. Both teams beat out fellow-Patriot League competitors, Loyola Maryland, en route to a 13th-place team finish for the women, and a 15th-place finish for the men.
The women were up first, with Adriana Hooks pacing the Eagles for the third consecutive time this season, hitting a new personal record (PR) of 21:58.20 to finish 19th in the field.
Freshman Arianna Lopez (56th, 22:39.60), senior Corina Velazco (87th, 23:11.90), and sophomores Kassidy Ayres (115th, 23:33.60) and Kailee Traficante (126th, 23:41.90) rounded out the top-five scorers for AU.
Matthew Rainey took the reins for the first time on the men's side, also hitting a new PR of 25:02.0 on the 8000m course to finish in 47th overall.
Both teams tallied some key wins over fellow-NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region competitors, including LaSalle, Rider, NJIT, and Loyola.
The Eagles will return in two weeks for the Patriot League Championships, hosted by Lafayette in Easton, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 29. For the latest on the Eagles, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.
Team: 15th, 373 points
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