WASHINGTON – The American University cross country team is taking the line one final time before the start of championship competition this week as the men and women travel to the Princeton Invitational on Friday, Oct. 12.
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The men's 8,000-meter race will open the day at 4:30 p.m. followed by the women's 6,000m at 5 p.m. Both races will be held on the West Windsor Fields in Princeton, N.J.
Among the 24 teams slated to compete on Friday is fellow-Patriot League competitor Lehigh, along with three of the top-30 ranked teams in Division I on the women's side. Villanova was slotted at sixth in the latest USTFCCCA (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association) poll followed No. 17 Columbia and host Princeton at No. 29.
Both races will also feature some of the top-15 ranked teams in the Mid-Atlantic Region with Villanova, Princeton, Temple, Saint Joseph's, Maryland, Monmouth, Lehigh, La Salle, and George Washington.
Teams competing: AMERICAN, Binghamton, Buffalo, Columbia, Cornell, George Mason, George Washington, Hofstra, La Salle, Lehigh, Maryland, Monmouth, Princeton, Quinnipiac, Rider, South Carolina, St. Joseph's, Stony Brook, Temple, Towson, UConn, UMass Lowell, UMBC and Villanova.
- The Eagles are coming off a two-week break after facing the largest field of the season at the 45th Annual Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh on Sept. 29.
- Senior Adriana Hooks led the women's team with an impressive 30th-place finish in a stacked race that included two national-ranked teams and six top-15 programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
- On the men's side, it was senior Matthew Rainey who paced the squad with a 72nd-place individual finish.
- Hooks has been a consistent leader for the women's team since 2016. Five other women have earned spots in the team's top-five scorers throughout the season, including freshman Clare Hernandez, sophomore Shelbi Wuss, junior Arianna Lopez, and seniors Brianna Belo and Kassidy Ayres.
- Three different seniors have taken the reins for the men with Liam Purdy, Ben Doiron, and Matthew Rainey. Freshman Aidan Caggiano, sophomore Max Lustig, and junior Gerard D'Ambrosio have also earned scoring spots for the Eagles throughout the season.
AU will close October at the Patriot League Cross Country Championships, hosted by Bucknell in Lewisburg, Pa., on Saturday, Oct. 27.
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