Curtis Clinches BIG EAST Title in Hometown
Oct. 27, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Senior sensation Bobby Curtis clinched the 2007 BIG EAST Cross Country Individual Championship in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. earlier today leading the Wildcats to an overall sixth place finish. Curtis clocked in at 23:08.85 on the 8K course to set a new record at the E.P. `Tom' Sawyer State Park, marking his third record-setting day this season. He also set new course records at Haverford College and the Paul Short Invitational earlier this year.
"At first I was apprehensive about Bobby running in his hometown," says Villanova head coach Marcus O'Sullivan. "However, he remained poised and really displayed a terrific performance today."
The men's squad finished with 124 total points with strong efforts from senior Michael Kerrigan, who completed the race in 24:14.65 to place 15th overall, and junior Bobby Papazian, who was the third runner to cross the finish line for the Wildcats in 24:37.60 ranking him 27th. The Louisville Cardinals secured the team title to finish with 55 total points, followed by Georgetown, Providence, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Villanova, respectively.
The women's squad also had a strong showing to place fifth overall at the conference championships. Freshman Sheila Reid turned in another top-notch performance to finish seventh overall with an impressive time of 20:53.40. Senior Akilah Vargas, who placed 22nd, clocked in at 21:27.40, while fellow freshman Callie Hogan came in third for the Wildcats, placing just behind Vargas with a time of 21:31.40 to rank 24th.
The West Virginia Mountaineers claimed the first place victory for the women with 77 points, followed by Providence with 87, Georgetown at 92, and Syracuse with 119. The Wildcats rounded out the top-five with 125 total points.
Villanova will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 10, when they compete in the NCAA Regionals in Bethlehem, Pa.
For complete results from today's BIG EAST Championships, click here.