Wildcats Break into National Poll with No. 22 Ranking
Oct. 2, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Villanova men's cross country team broke onto the national scene this week receiving a ranking of No. 22 from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after the Wildcats captured their first victory of the season at the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The highly touted race is one of the largest events in the country featuring 91 college teams and 21 nationally ranked squads in Divisions I, II, and III.
Villanova senior standout Bobby Curtis set a new course record and clinched a first place finish at the event. Curtis, along with his teammates, combined for a total of 44 points to beat out all other competing schools, including then No. 26 Syracuse and No. 27 Princeton, who finished second and third respectively, winning back-to-back titles for this race.
The Wildcats placed three runners in the top-seven, while also securing the 18th and 21st spots. Curtis led all runners with an outstanding time of 23.39 over the 8K course. He was followed by junior Robert Papazian, who clocked in at 24.17 for fourth place, and senior Michael Kerrigan, who placed seventh with a time of 24.26. Freshmen Brian Long and Hugo Beamish took the 18th and 21st places in their first official collegiate meet under the Villanova banner. Long finished in 24.42, while Beamish was right behind him with 24.46.
The Wildcats will look to climb the ranks on Saturday, Oct. 13 when they compete in the Pre-NCAA Meet in Terre Haute, Ind., as well as the Princeton Invitational in Princeton, N.J.
For a complete list of the NCAA Division I men's cross country rankings, click here.