WASHINGTON - The American University track & field team will look to continue its string of record performances this weekend as the Eagles travel to nearby George Mason for the Spring Invitational on Saturday, April 13.
ABOUT THE MEET
Location: George Mason Stadium
Teams: Bowie State, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, James Madison, La Salle, LIU Brooklyn, Maryland, Mount St. Mary's, Navy, Richmond, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis, Towson, UMBC, VCU, Villanova, Virginia State, William and Mary
- Five Eagles came away with personal record (PR) marks during last weekend's Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
- Katelyn Deibler and Gerard D'Ambrosio III will return to the women's and men's 5,000-meter run, respectively, after timing through with new career bests in Williamsburg. Deibler shaved off an impressive 32 seconds with her 18:49.03 performance while D'Ambrosio knocked off 12 seconds in 15:21.79.
- Deibler will be joined on the line by teammates Shelbi Wuss, Clare Hernandez, and Lucia Rose.
- Emily Houghton will make her return to the 800m run after her PR of 2:18.61 last weekend and will be joined by Kaitlyn McTernan.
- The foursome of Adriana Hooks, Arianna Lopez, Kassidy Ayres, and Elise Hooker will highlight the field in the women's 1500m. Ayres hit a new PR of 4:51.67 in the event last weekend.
- For Hooks, the 1500m will be a change of pace after she landed just outside of her PR in the 10,000m run last weekend.
- The men's 1500m field also features a big return as Matthew Rainey retakes the line in the event for the first time since he hit what was then the top time in the Patriot League two weeks ago with his 3:49.04 season best. He currently ranks second in the conference with that time. Ben Doiron and John Pagliaro will both join him in the field
- In the men's 800m, Liam Purdy will look to continue edging his way toward the program record. He hit the second-fastest time in AU history two weeks ago with his 1:50.28 PR and sits less than four seconds from Dustin Emrani's record from 2007 (1:46.92).
- Purdy continues to sit atop the league rankings in the event. He will be joined on the line by Caleb Brown, Christian Kahn, and Miguel Dickenson.
|10:30 a.m.||Long Jump, Men||Trevor Patton|
|Noon||4x100m Relay, Women|
|12:20 p.m.||4x100m Relay, Men|
|12:40 p.m.||400m Dash, Women||Lucia Rose|
|1:10 p.m.||400m Dash, Men||Faolan Coogan Pluck | Nick Farrell | Justin Dignan|
|6:30 p.m.||800m Run, Women||Emily Houghton | Kaitlyn McTernan|
|6:55 p.m.||800m Run, Men||Liam Purdy | Caleb Brown | Christian Kahn | Miguel Dickenson|
|7:55 p.m.||3000m Steeplechase, Men||Max Lustig|
|8:15 p.m.||1500m Run, Women||Adriana Hooks | Arianna Lopez | Kassidy Ayres | Elise Hooker|
|8:40 p.m.||1500m Run, Men||Matthew Rainey | Ben Doiron | John Pagliaro|
|9:05 p.m.||5000m Run, Women||Shelbi Wuss | Clare Hernandez | Katelyn Deibler | Lucia Rose|
|9:25 p.m.||5000m Run, Men||Gerard D'Ambrosio III|
The Eagles will travel to Baltimore, Md., for one of the final meets of the regular season next weekend with the Morgan State Invitational on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20. The historic Penn Relays (April 25-27) will close out the season with the Patriot League Outdoor Track & Field Championships following at Navy on May 3-4.
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