May 3, 2008
The American University men's and women's track and field teams combined to score eight times and crowned one champion on Day Two of the 2008 Patriot League Track and Field Championships Saturday at the U.S. Naval Academy. Junior Carlos Jamieson set a new meet record on his way to victory in the men's 1500 meter run and senior Cathleen Ford took second in the women's 5000 meter.
Jamieson moved from third to first in the final 200 meters of the men's 1500 to win his first individual PL Outdoor Championship, finishing in an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 3:43.24. The event's second-place finisher, John Mickowski from Army, and third-place finisher Brendan Fennell finished just behind Jamieson in 3:43.98 and 3:44.12, respectively, and also qualified for the NCAA Regional. Steve Hallinan and Brian McCabe also scored for AU in the event, taking fifth and sixth place in IC4A qualifying times of 3:49.20 and 3:49.31.
Jamieson's time in the 1500 set a new meet record by more than 1.5 seconds. The previous mark of 3:44.97 was set by former Eagle Sean Duffy in 2005. The time also represents a new PR for Jamieson and moves him from fifth to third on AU's all-time list.
Jamieson returned to the track once more on Saturday and scored again for AU in the 800 meter run. Jamieson finished the event in 1:52.25 to take sixth. Navy's Craig Meekins won the race in 1:49.35.
Ford recorded the women's team's highest finish at the 2008 championships, placing second in the women's 5000 meter in 17:42.41. Ford was edged out by Navy's Erica Ziel who finished in 17:41.27.
Junior Frank Borden, who was recently added to the men's track and field roster after starting for the men's basketball team in its NCAA Div. I Tournament game against Tennessee, placed third in the high jump as AU's lone field competitor. Borden successfully cleared a height of 6'4.25" and became the Eagles' first field competitor to score at the PL Championships. William Stillman from Navy won the high jump with a final height of 6'8.25".
Senior Kate Lilley entered the meet as the conference's top seed in the women's 1500 meter but despite leading for the first three laps of the race fell behind down the stretch and placed fifth. Lilley posted a time of 4:42.72 while first-place finisher Shannon Alejandro from Lehigh took first in 4:38.17.
The men's team finished the two day meet with a total of 35 points to place sixth and the women's team scored 11 points to finish eighth. Navy took the men's team championship with 199 while Army won the women's competition with 148 points.
Three members of the men's track team will continue their season in three weeks at the NCAA East Regional Meet in Tallahassee, Fla., May 30-31. Fennell and Jamieson have both qualified for the regional's 1500 and 5000 meter competitions and will be joined by Hallinan in the 1500.