@AU_TrackXC Set to Close Regular Season at Historic Penn Relays

Adriana Hooks at the 2017 Mount St. Mary's Duals

WASHINGTON - The American University track & field team is closing the 2018 regular season campaign this weekend at the 124th Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. 

The world's first and largest track & field relay meet, the Penn Relays attracts some of the top collegiate, post-collegiate and high school athletes from across the world. Last year marked the 14th-consecutive running of the meet that drew over 100,000 spectators throughout the three days of competition.

Patriot League teams scheduled to attend: Army West Point, Boston University, Bucknell, Lafayette, Lehigh, Loyola Maryland, and Navy.

USTFCCCA Division I Top-25 teams (Men/Women): Stanford (No. 20/7), Florida State (No. 7/20), Houston (No. 6/--), Mississippi State (No. 16/--), South Carolina (No. 23/--), and Penn State (No. 25/--).

Ten AU student-athletes are making the trek to Philadelphia to compete in one of the world's most prestigious track & field meets, including two relays and three individual competitors. Senior Alaeldin Tirba and junior Ben Doiron will open competition for the Eagles Thursday evening with the men's 5,000-meter run. Tirba, who ran a personal record (PR) of 14:29.62 earlier this season at the Raleigh Relays, will take the line first in section 1, followed by Doiron in section 2. Doiron enters the meet with a season's best of 14:41.19 from the Raleigh Relays and owns a PR of 14:30.32 from the 2017 Larry Ellis Invitational.

Junior Adriana Hooks will be the third and final individual competitor for the Eagles in the women's 10,000m run at 10:25 p.m. on Thursday. Hooks made her debut in the event earlier this season, running the third-fastest time in program history with a 35:45.81 finish at the Raleigh Relays. She will look to improve upon that time as she ranks 59th in the NCAA East Region, only 11 spots and less than 20 seconds off from the coveted top-48 which will secure her qualification into the NCAA Championships East Preliminary Round. 

The men's distance medley will highlight events on Friday followed by the women's 4x800m on Saturday. The women's 4x800m currently leads the Patriot League rankings after seniors Jude Mabone and Brianna Belo, and sophomores Emily Houghton and Kaitlyn Deibler timed through in 9:28.93 during the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational.

The Eagles will open the championship season with the Patriot League Outdoor Championships, hosted by Lafayette in Easton, Pa., on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5. For the latest on American Track & Field, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_TrackXC.