@AU_TrackXC Opens 2018 at Terrapin Invitational

Tommy Sommer, Ben Doiron, Matthew Rainey, Alaeldin Tirba at the 2017 Patriot League Cross Country Championship

WASHINGTON – The American University track & field team is back in action this weekend, as the Eagles open their 2018 slate at Maryland's Terrapin Invitational on Saturday.

Events in the PG Sports Complex will begin at 10 a.m. with junior Trevor Patton's return to the long jump. Patton is the AU record holder in the event with his personal record from last year's Patriot League Indoor Championship – 7.11m (23-4).

Patton will also get events rolling on the track at 11:55 a.m. with his career debut in the 60m dash.

Patton isn't the only record holder slated to take the track on Saturday. Senior Alaeldin Tirba, senior Liam Purdy, and junior Matthew Rainey will all be featured in the middle distance events. Tirba, Purdy, and Rainey were three of the four members of the record-breaking 4x800m relay team last season who won back-to-back Patriot League titles during the indoor and outdoor championships. 

Tirba and Purdy will join sophomore Caleb Brown and junior Ben Doiron in the mile run while Rainey will take to the line for the 800m run alongside sophomore Justin Dignan and freshman Christopher Tibbetts.

Events for the men will close with the 3000m run, featuring junior Tommy Sommer, and sophomores Gerard D'Ambrosio and Michael Weidenbruch.

The women's events will also feature an AU record holder with senior Brianna Belo returning to the 800m run. Belo owns a personal record of 2:11.41 in the event from the 2017 Camel City Invitational. Senior Jude Mabone and sophomore Kaitlyn McTernan will both join Belo in the event along with freshman Nadia Stratton, who opened her AU career as one of the consistent top five finishers during the cross country season.

Junior Kassidy Ayres, sophomore Arianna Lopez, and freshman Nadia Stratton will get the events going for the AU women, though, with the mile run at 12:10 p.m. Ayres currently holds the fourth-fastest time in program history with her 4:54.10 personal record from 2016. Lopez, on the other hand, will look to add to her list of all-time top ten marks – she currently holds record book performances in the 800m and 1000m runs.

The day's events will also feature a set of performances in the sprints, starting with sophomore Emily Houghton, junior Sammie Paul and junior Lucia Rose in the 400m dash. Houghton will return later in the afternoon for the 200m dash along with junior Grace Goulding and junior Chia-Ry Chang Urena.

Rounding out the day's events is the 3000m run, featuring junior Adriana Hooks, who holds the fifth-fastest time in program history (9:53.05). Freshman Shelbi Wuss will join her on the track. Wuss joined Stratton as two of the consistent scorers throughout the cross country season.

For the latest on AU Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.

#AUTF SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10 a.m. – Long Jump, Men (Trevor Patton)

10:55 a.m. – DMR, Men
11:55 a.m. – 60m Dash, Men (Trevor Patton)
12:10 p.m. – Mile Run, Women (Kassidy Ayres // Arianna Lopez // Nadia Stratton)
12:30 p.m. – Mile Run, Men (Caleb Brown // Ben Doiron // Liam Purdy // Alaeldin Tirba)
2:20 p.m. – 400m Dash, Women (Emily Houghton // Sammie Paul // Lucia Rose)
2:50 p.m. – 800m Run, Women (Brianna Belo // Jude Mabone // Kaitlyn McTernan)
3:10 p.m. – 800m Run, Men (Justin Dignan // Matthew Rainey // Chris Tibbetts)
3:30 p.m. – 200m Dash, Women (Grace Goulding // Emily Houghton // Chia-Ry Chang Urena)
4:10 p.m. – 3000m Run, Women (Adriana Hooks // Shelbi Wuss)
4:40 p.m. – 3000m Run, Men (Gerard D'Ambrosio // Tommy Sommer // Michael Weidenbruch)
5:10 p.m. – 4x400m, Women