Hooks Tops @AU_TrackXC Finishers at Regionals

Adriana Hooks at Paul Short Run (9/29/2018)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.Adriana Hooks placed 28th individually in the women's race to lead American University performances Friday at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Cross Country Championships hosted by Penn State.

Hooks led the AU women to a 19th-place finish as a team, while the AU men finished 18th.

Matthew Rainey led the Eagle men with a 61st-place individual finish.


• Hooks finished the 6-kilometer women's course in 21 minutes, 51 seconds. She led the AU women to the line for the sixth time in six meets this season. 

• Fellow senior Brianna Belo was 87th individually in 22:55, with junior Arianna Lopez placing 100th at 23:06.

• Freshman Clare Hernandez (135th, 23:43), Kassidy Ayres (176th, 24:30) and Katelyn Deibler (177th, 24:31) were in the 4-6 spots for the Eagles.

• Rainey covered the 10K men's course in 32:44, finishing as the top AU male for the fourth straight meet.

Ben Doiron ran 33:20 over the Penn State course, placing 99th individually, and Liam Purdy was 113th in 33:48, putting seniors in the first three finishing spots for the Eagle men.

• Sophomore Max Lustig (135th, 34:21) was fourth for the Eagles, followed by freshmen Miguel Dickenson (142nd, 34:34) and Aidan Caggiano (145th, 34:49).

• Villanova scored 33 points to win the women's team title, putting four finishers among the top nine. Sophomore Rachel McArthur of Villanova was the women's individual champion, finishing in 21:03.

• Princeton edged the Wildcats for the men's team title, 61-73. The Tigers had three runners among the top eight.

• Villanova junior Casey Comber was the men's individual champion, finishing in 31:05.