WASHINGTON - The American University track & field team closed its indoor regular season on Friday at the Camel City Invitational with a pair of program all-time top ten performances, including a new school record from senior Brianna Belo in the 400m dash.
In her first 400-meter dash since 2015, Belo broke her own program record with a 58.43 pacing for 12th in the field at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C. This was only Belo's fourth career 400m finish during the indoor season. She raced it three times during the 2014-15 season, ending with her previous record run of 59.57 at the Armory Track Invitational.
Senior Alaeldin Tirba was the second record book performance to come out of the day's events after he placed second in the men's 3000m field. His final time of 8:17.98 was good for a new personal record (PR) and puts him at No. 10 on the program all-time list.
Juniors Ben Doiron and Matthew Rainey both joined Tirba on the line in the 3000m. Doiron crossed in ninth with a new PR of 8:28.81 while Rainey made his indoor 3000m debut with an 11th-place finish (8:31.57).
Junior Adriana Hooks led the Eagles squad in the women's 3000m run, hitting her second-fastest time of the season to place sixth overall (10:05.56). Freshman Shelbi Wuss also landed just outside of her PR in 10:13.02 for 11th while sophomore Arianna Lopez earned her first 3000m finish in 10:21.42 (18th).
Senior Liam Purdy returned to the 800m run after his PR of 1:52.81 at the Dr. Sander Invitational, which edged him even closer to the top two in program history. He finished just off that time on Friday, finishing third in the field with a final crossing of 1:54.62.
The Eagles will be back for the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championship on Feb. 17-18, hosted by Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa. For the latest on American Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.
HEAR FROM COACH GRAHAM...
Today was another good step forward for both teams. This was our last meet before the Patriot League Championship, and the student-athletes are putting themselves in a great position in the races ow to succeed in a few weeks. We got a handful of personal records and an all-time top ten mark, including a school record in the 400m dash. But they're hungry for more. We'll sharpen up these next two weeks and be ready to go for conference."
Long Jump, Men - 19. Trevor Patton, 6.26m (20-6.50)
400m Dash, Women - 12. Brianna Belo, 58.43 SR
800m Run, Men - 3. Liam Purdy, 1:54.62
Mile Run, Women - 12. Jude Mabone, 5:18.57 // 18. Kaitlyn McTernan, 5:23.95
3000m Run, Women - 6. Adriana Hooks, 10:05.56 // 11. Shelbi Wuss, 10:13.02 // 18. Arianna Lopez, 10:21.42
3000m Run, Men - 2. Alaeldin Tirba, 8:17.98 PR #10 // 9. Ben Doiron, 8:28.81 PR // 11. Matthew Rainey, 8:31.57