@AU_TrackXC Earns Record Book Marks During Two-Meet Weekend

Liam Purdy at the 2017 Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships

WASHINGTON – The American University track & field team came away with a six personal records (PR's) and three AU all-time top-ten performances this weekend after the team split between the Raleigh Relays and Navy Invitational.

Seven Eagles opened competition on Friday with the two-day Raleigh Relays, hosted by N.C. State at the Paul Derr Track & Field Facility. Senior Brianna Belo earned the highest finish of the day, crossing less than a second off her school record performance from last season with a 2:08.06 for fourth in the field.

In the men's 800m, senior Liam Purdy moved up to No. 4 in the AU record book with a new PR of 1:50.93, good for a sixth-place finish.

Junior Adriana Hooks was the only other Eagle to walk away from Raleigh with a record-book mark after she made her 10,000m debut with the third-fastest time in program history at 35:45.81 for 35th overall.

Senior Alaeldin Tirba also earned a new PR in Raleigh with his 14:29.62 crossing for 34th in the 5000m.

In Annapolis, the women's 4x400m relay was the only record-book mark of the day after the foursome of sophomore Emily Houghton, sophomore Kaitlyn McTernan, senior Jude Mabone, and senior Sammie Paul placed sixth in the field with a final time of 4:21.81 – the tenth-fastest in AU history.

Leading the way for the Eagles at Navy was Mabone, who paced the 1500m field with a new PR of 4:41.02. Sophomore Arianna Lopez and McTernan followed close behind with PR's of their own. Lopez crossed in 4:45.98 for fourth in the field while McTernan timed through in 4:54.12 to place tenth.

Houghton closed out the PR performances for the weekend with her eighth-place finish in the 800m run in 2:23.76.

On the men's side, junior Trevor Patton earned the highest individual finish of the day after he closed in third in the long jump with a top mark of 6.75m (22-1.75).

UP NEXT…
The Eagles will return to competition on Saturday, April 14 with the George Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va. For the latest on American Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC. 

#AUTF RESULTS – RALEIGH RELAYS
800m Run, Women – 4. Brianna Belo, 2:08.06
800m Run, Men – 6. Liam Purdy, 1:50.93 PR #4
1500m Run, Men – 26. Matthew Rainey, 3:50.31
5000m Run, Women – 121. Shelbi Wuss, 18:04.43
5000m Run, Men – 34. Alaeldin Tirba, 14:29.62 PR // 55. Ben Doiron, 14:41.19
10,000m Run, Women – 35. Adriana Hooks, 35:45.81 #3

#AUTF RESULTS – NAVY INVITATIONAL
Long Jump, Men – 3. Trevor Patton, 6.75m (22-1.75)

200m Dash, Women – 17. Grace Goulding, 28.69w
200m Dash, Men – 21. Trevor Patton, 23.85
400m Dash, Women – 10. Chia-Ry Chang Urena, 1:03.94
800m Run, Women – 8. Emily Houghton, 2:23.76 PR // 17. Lucia Rose, 2:31.88
800m Run, Men – 13. Faolan Coogan Pluck, 2:00.25 // 21. Justin Dignan, 2:11.13
1500m Run, Women – 1. Jude Mabone, 4:41.02 PR // 4. Arianna Lopez, 4:45.98 PR // 10. Kaitlyn McTernan, 4:54.12 PR // 16. Kassidy Ayres, 4:58.92
1500m Run, Men – 4. Chris Tibbetts, 4:03.87 // 10. Gerard D'Ambrosio, 4:10.92 // 12. John Pagliaro, 4:11.41 // 18. Caleb Brown, 4:25.28
5000m Run, Women – 11. Katelyn Deibler, 19:21.17
4x400m Relay, Women – 6. (Houghton, McTernan, Mabone, Paul), 4:21.81 #10