WASHINGTON – Eleven Eagles will close the 2017-18 indoor track & field regular season on Friday with a trip to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Camel City Invitational.
AU will be the sole representative from the Patriot League during Friday's events at the JDL Fast Track. The meet will conclude on Saturday with elite races in the 3,000-meter, 800m and mile runs featuring a number of professional athletes from across the country.
The day will open at 1 p.m. with the women's mile and close at 7:30 with the men's 3000m run.
Among the highlights for American's entries is senior Liam Purdy, who is scheduled to return to the 800m after timing through with the third-fastest time in program history during his win at the Dr. Sander Invitational last week (1:52.81). He sits less than two seconds away from Andy Harp's 1:51.04 school record from 1973.
Senior Alaeldin Tirba also comes into the meet off of a record book performance after he broke into the top-ten in program history for the 5000m run last weekend (14:33.79). He will join junior Ben Doiron in the 3000m run.
Juniors Matthew Rainey and Trevor Patton round out the men's entries. Rainey clocked in with a new personal record (PR) of 4:16.12 in the mile run during last weekend's Patriot Games. He will be back on the line for the mile on Friday, while Patton is set to take on the 400m dash and the long jump. He owns the current school record in the latter event with his PR from last season – 7.11m (23-4).
The women's entries also feature a few members of the AU record book, including freshman Shelbi Wuss who cracked into her first top-ten list last week with a 10:08.66 PR in the 3000m run (No. 9). She will be back in the 3000m on Friday alongside sophomore Arianna Lopez and junior Adriana Hooks, who ranks fifth in AU history with her 9:53.05 PR.
Senior Brianna Belo will make her first appearance in the 400m dash since her school record performance (59.57) in 2015.
AU will open the championship portion of the indoor schedule on Feb. 17-18 with the Patriot League Championship, hosted by Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. For the latest on AU Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.
1:00 p.m. – Mile Run, Women (Jude Mabone // Kaitlyn McTernan)
1:40 p.m. – Mile Run, Men (Matthew Rainey)
2:20 p.m. – 400m Dash, Women (Brianna Belo)
3:00 p.m. – Long Jump, Men (Trevor Patton)
3:05 p.m. – 400m Dash, Men (Trevor Patton)
5:50 p.m. – 800m Run, Men (Liam Purdy)
6:30 p.m. – 3000m Run, Women (Adriana Hooks // Arianna Lopez // Shelbi Wuss)
7:30 p.m. – 3000m Run, Men (Ben Doiron // Alaeldin Tirba)