@AU_TrackXC Stays Close to Home with George Mason Spring Invite

Seniors Alaeldin Tirba, Liam Purdy at the 2018 Terrapin Invitational

WASHINGTON - The American University track & field will begin the final stretch of the regular season on Saturday as the Eagles travel to nearby George Mason for the Spring Invitational. This is one of the last regular meets of the season for AU with the Patriot League Championships rapidly approaching on May 4-5.

It will be a full day for the Eagles with events starting at 10:30 a.m. on the long jump runway. Junior Trevor Patton will feature in most of the early events, starting with the long jump and continuing with the 400-meter, 100m, and 200m dashes.

On the women's side, juniors Chia-Ry Chang Urena and Sammie Paul, and sophomore Grace Goulding will take the blocks for the 400m dash, followed by sophomore Emily Houghton and junior Lucia Rose in the women's 200m.

Senior Brianna Belo will return to the track for the first time since her record-breaking 800m performance last week as she takes on her first 1500m run of the season. Belo broke her own record in the 800m during the Colonial Relays with a 2:07.52 finish. She now sits well within the top-48 in the east region for the event at No. 20 to qualify for the NCAA East Regional Championship. Belo currently holds the seventh-fastest time in program history for the 1500m run with her personal record (PR) from the 2017 season (4:33.29).

Joining Belo on the line for the 1500m will be senior Jude Mabone, who is coming off an individual win in the event at the Navy Invitational, along with junior Kassidy Ayres and sophomore Arianna Lopez.

In the men's 1500m, junior Matthew Rainey will look to earn his second consecutive PR in the event after he hit the tenth-fastest time in program history last weekend (3:48.98). He will be joined by senior Alaeldin Tirba, sophomore Faolan Coogan Pluck, and freshman Chris Tibbetts.

Junior Adriana Hooks will make her season debut in the women's 5000m run after coming away with the third-fastest 10,000m time in program history at the Raleigh Relays two weeks ago (35:45.81). Sophomore Katelyn Deibler and freshman Shelbi Wuss will join her in the field.

The men's 5000m will close events for the day with senior Jim Belfatto, junior Ben Doiron, sophomore Gerard D'Ambrosio III and freshman Michael Weidenbruch.

10:30 a.m. - Long Jump, Men (Trevor Patton)
12:30 p.m. - 400m Dash, Women (Chia-Ry Chang Urena, Grace Goulding, Sammie Paul)
1:00 p.m. - 400m Dash, Men (Trevor Patton)
2:05 p.m. - 100m Dash, Men (Trevor Patton)
3:30 p.m. - 200m Dash, Women (Emily Houghton, Lucia Rose)
4:00 p.m. - 200m Dash, Men (Trevor Patton)
6:30 p.m. - 800m Run, Women (Emily Houghton, Kaitlyn McTernan, Lucia Rose)
6:55 p.m. - 800m Run, Men (Caleb Brown, Justin Dignan, John Pagliaro)
7:20 p.m. - 3000m Steeplechase, Women (Nadia Stratton)
7:40 p.m. - 3000m Steeplechase, Men (Max Lustig, Tommy Sommer)
8:00 p.m. - 1500m Run, Women (Kassidy Ayres, Brianna Belo, Arianna Lopez, Jude Mabone)
8:30 p.m. - 1500m Run, Men (Faolan Coogan Pluck, Matthew Rainey, Chris Tibbetts, Alaeldin Tirba)
9:00 p.m. - 5000m Run, Women (Katelyn Deibler, Adriana Hooks, Shelbi Wuss)
9:25 p.m. - 5000m Run, Men (Jim Belfatto, Gerard D'Ambrosio III, Ben Doiron, Michael Weidenbruch)

The Eagles will be back for the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 26-28. For the latest on American Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.