WASHINGTON - Senior Brianna Belo was one of three podium finishes to close out the 2018 Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday. The American track & field team finished out the two-day meet with five medal performances, four personal records, and six all-time top ten marks in program history.
Belo led the Eagles on Sunday with the program's first gold medal finish in the women's indoor 800-mark run after she outkicked the rest of the field in 2:12.12. It was a battle to the line between Belo and Holy Cross' Zoe Matherne, but a strong final 50m gave Belo the final edge by a mere tenth of a second.
Senior Alaeldin Tirba also earned a podium spot after he finished second in the 3000m run in 8:20.66, just missing on his first career individual title by less than two seconds. This was the third runner-up finish for Tirba this weekend after he opened with second-place finishes in the 5000m run (14:29.44) and 4x800m relay (7:39.71) on Saturday.
It was junior Matthew Rainey who opened the day's events, though, with the third personal record (PR) performance of the weekend as he crossed in 4:13.02 for fifth in the mile run.
The men's distance medley relay closed out the top-three finishes for the day, as the squad of senior Liam Purdy, junior Trevor Patton, freshman Chris Tibbetts and junior Matthew Rainey timed through with the eighth-fastest time in program history for second in the field.
The women's DMR also hit an all-time top ten mark, with senior Jude Mabone, sophomore Emily Houghton, Belo and sophomore Arianna Lopez timing through in 12:10.98 for the No. 4 spot in the AU record books, fifth in the Patriot League field.
In the men's 800m, senior Liam Purdy was in the hunt through the first two laps, sitting right in with the lead pack. The field began to separate at the 600m mark, though, and a strong final lap from Navy's Justin Hyytinen expanded the gap with the rest of the field. By the finish, Purdy fell just 0.01-seconds shy of a podium finish in fourth overall (1:55.97).
Both teams closed with the highest point tallies in recent years. The men finished in sixth with 41 points, the most since 2010, while the women compiled their highest total since 2011 with 17 points for eighth.
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Long Jump, Men - 16. Trevor Patton, 6.47m (21-2.75)
800m Run, Men - 4. Liam Purdy, 1:55.97
800m Run, Women - 1. Brianna Belo, 2:12.12
Mile Run, Men - 5. Matthew Rainey, 4:13.02 PR / 14. Gerard D'Ambrosio III, 4:24.79 PR
3000m Run, Men - 2. Alaeldin Tirba, 8:20.66 / 14. Ben Doiron, 8:34.68
3000m Run, Women - 11. Adriana Hooks, 10:12.96 / 12. Shelbi Wuss, 10:13.66
5000m Run, Men - 2. Alaeldin Tirba, 14:29.44 PR #9
5000m Run, Women - 7. Shelbi Wuss, 17:30.66 PR #5 / 9. Adriana Hooks, 17:43.23
4x800m Relay, Men - 2. (Alaeldin Tirba, Ben Doiron, Matthew Rainey, Liam Purdy), 7:39.71 #10
4x800m Relay, Women - 8. (Arianna Lopez, Kaitlyn McTernan, Jude Mabone, Brianna Belo), 9:29.39 #8
DMR, Men - 2. (Liam Purdy, Trevor Patton, Chris Tibbetts, Matthew Rainey), 10:07.96 #8
DMR, Women - 5. (Jude Mabone, Emily Houghton, Brianna Belo, Arianna Lopez), 12:10.98 #4
1. Navy (240 points)
|1. Bucknell (158.50 points)
2. Army West Point (154)
3. Navy (140)
4. Boston University (129)
5. Lehigh (77.50)
6. Holy Cross (67)
7. Loyola (Md.) (28)
8. AMERICAN (17)
9. Lafayette (7)
10. Colgate (2)