WASHINGTON – The American University track and field team will be staying close to home for much of the 2018-19 indoor and outdoor slate.
The Eagles will get in an early rust-buster on Dec. 2 with the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. From there, the teams will take a long break over the holiday to focus on training before retaking the track on Jan. 19 with the Terrapin Invitational at the PG Sports Complex in Landover, Md.
American will have its longest road trip of the season on Feb. 1-2 with the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., before closing the regular season at the VMI Winter Relays in Lexington, Va.
AU will be back at Navy for the Patriot League Indoor Track & Field Championships on Feb. 16-17.
The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held in Birmingham, Ala., on March 8-9.
The Eagles will start the outdoor season with another long road trip, this time to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for the Shamrock Invitational on March 16. American will split squads on March 29-30 between the Raleigh Relays (Raleigh, N.C.) and the Navy Spring Invitational (Annapolis, Md.).
The Penn Relays once again highlight the outdoor regular-season schedule on April 25-27, and will serve as the final meet before American heads to Worcester, Mass., for the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 3-4.
The NCAA East Preliminary Round will be back in Jacksonville, Fla., this year from May 23-25, followed by the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, from June 5-8.
AU returns an exciting group for the 2018-19 indoor and outdoor seasons led by returning NCAA Championships qualifier senior Matthew Rainey on the men's side and three-time All-Patriot League finisher senior Adriana Hooks on the women's.
Rainey was one of seven program all-time top-ten performers from last season as he clocked in with the sixth-fastest outdoor 1500-meter time in AU track & field history during the George Mason Spring Invitational (3:45.60). That time also earned Rainey his first qualification into the NCAA East Preliminary Round where he placed 47th overall.
On the women's side, Hooks is among the highlights for the returners as she comes into the season off her third consecutive cross country All-Patriot League finish and second career podium finish during last year's outdoor Patriot League championship meet.
Hooks is one of six returning all-time top ten performers for the women along with sophomore Shelbi Wuss, junior Emily Houghton, junior Arianna Lopez, junior Kaitlyn McTernan, and sophomore Shelbi Wuss.
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