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Villanova Men Finish Third at Big East Championships



Oct. 29, 1999

Bronx, N.Y.--- At the Big East Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday, Oct. 29, at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y., the Villanova University men’s cross country team recorded a third place finish with 60 points, just 17 points behind Notre Dame who won the title with 43 points. The Wildcats, who had their best showing since 1994 when they placed second, had four runners finish in the top 10 led by senior Scott Tantino’s (North Wales, Pa./ North Penn) fifth place time of 24:42.

Following right behind Tantino in sixth place was senior Cory Smith (Baltimore, Md./ Calvert Hall) who crossed the finish line in 24:48. Villanova’s other top 10 finishers included sophomore Eric Reese (Dushore, Pa./ Sullivan County) who placed 8th in a time of 24:57, and freshman Tom Parlapiano (Honeybrook, Pa./ St. Pius X) who was 10th in 25:00.

Georgetown finished second behind Notre Dame with 57 points, followed by Villanova with 60, Providence in fourth with 61, and Boston College in fifth with 146. Rounding out the field was West Virginia (178), Connecticut (190), Pittsburgh (240), Seton Hall (291), Rutgers (299), Miami (314), Syracuse (366) and St. John’s (370).

Winning the Big East individual title was Notre Dame’s Ryan Shay in 24:22. Keith Kelly of Providence was just off Shay’s pace finishing second in 24:27. The Irish had their second top five finish of the championships with a third place performance by Luke Watson who ended the race in 24:36. Georgetown’s Justin McCarthy tallied a fourth place finish in 24:40.

Other Villanova finishers included sophomore Ben Showers (West Chester, Pa./ Henderson) who finished 33rd in 26:04, and freshman Tim Styler (Cranford, N.J./ Cranford) who placed 42nd in 26:19. Five other Wildcats participated but did not place. Sophomore Dan Tantino (North Wales, Pa./ North Penn) finished in 26:51, sophomore Colin McManus (Lafayette Hill, Pa./ La Salle) in 27:10, freshman Chris Johnson (Easton, Mass./ Oliver Ames) in 27:14, freshman Hao Pan (Manhattan Beach, Calif./ Mira Costa) in 27:53, and freshman John Rogener (Lawrenceville, N.J./ Lawrenceville) in 28:12.