The AU men’s indoor track team registered three, top-10 finishes at the 2013 Patriot League Championships Feb.15-17, concluding the indoor portion of the schedule.
The strongest event for the Eagles was the 5,000-meter run, which saw Mark Leininger and Mark Allen finish second and third respectively in the run. Leininger finished the race with a time of 14:32.65 while his teammate Allen came in approximately three seconds later with a time of 14:35.93.
Both Allen and Leininger improved their finishes in the 5,000-meter run after coming in sixth and tenth respectively at the 2012 Indoor Championship.
In the 3,000-meter run, Leininger led AU with a fifth place finish in the event with a time of 8.28.14. John Pope’s time of 8.38.02 put him in 11th, and Allen’s time of 8.48.31 was good for 17th in the event.
The men’s medley team, consisting of Constantine Matsakis, David Hamilton, David McCombs and Nick Regan led the Eagles to a sixth place finish with a time of 10.22.48.
Navy took home the team title with a score of 204.5. AU finished fifth out of eight teams with a score of 17.
On the women’s side, Carly Birkhold and Julia Sullivan finished 14th and 16th, respectively, in the 3,000-meter run. Birkhold posted a time of 10.24.22, knocking almost two seconds off of her time from the 2012 Championship. Sullivan completed the event in 10.29.65.
Bucknell won the championship on the women’s side with a total of 162 points. AU did not receive a team score due to no runner finishing in the top five.
AU opens the outdoor season on March15 and 16 at the Coastal Carolina Shamrock Invitational in Conway, S.C.