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Allen headlines AU runners at Terrapin Invitational

Mark Allen has been one of the top runners for the Eagles all season, and that continued at the Terrapin Invitational Jan. 19 in College Park, Md.

Allen raced to a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter run, finishing just over six seconds behind first place. Allen earned his second consecutive All-Patriot League First Team honor during the fall’s cross-country season and has continued that success into the winter’s track campaign.

Mark Leininger led a group of three AU runners who earned top 10 finishes in the mile run as the senior finished fifth out of 33 runners after posting a time of 4:20.30.

Constantine Matsakis and John Pope followed Leininger by placing seventh and 10th, respectively, in the event.

Another notable result for the Eagles came in the 600-meter run, where David Hamilton came in eighth place in a field of 19 competitors. Just a freshman, Hamilton will be one runner to keep an eye on in the future.

Julia Sullivan earned top finisher honors on the AU women’s side, recording a sixth-place result in the mile run that saw 24 runners compete. Teammate Krystal Foster finished ninth in the event, which gave the Eagles a combined five top 10 finishes in the men’s and women’s mile run.

Despite recording a 35th-place finish, Juliana Crum registered the 10th-fastest time in program history with her time of 8.71 in the 60-meter dash.

No team scores were recorded at the event.

The Eagles will next travel to George Mason to compete in the George Mason Patriot Games Jan. 26 in Fairfax, Va.

Leininger and Matsakis each notched top 10 finishes in last year’s event, as the duo came in eighth and 10th, respectively, in the mile run.

Sullivan also had success at the 2011 Patriot Games, running to the eighth-best time in AU history in the 1,000-meter run.

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