Curtis Clinches Fourth Place Finish at NCAA Finals
Nov. 19, 2007
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Senior Bobby Curtis closed a six-spot gap in the remaining 1000m of the 2007 NCAA Division I cross country finals to place an impressive fourth on Indiana State University's LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. Curtis finished the highly competitive 10k course in 29:47 after making a tremendous run in the remaining 1000m stretch passing six other runners in the process, moving from 10th to his eventual finish at fourth. Senior Josh McDougal of Liberty won the race edging junior Galen Rupp of Oregon and Lopez Lomong of Northern Arizona, who placed second and third respectively.
As a team, Villanova retained their pre-race No. 25 ranking by finishing 25th at today's event with 526 total points. Freshman Ben Guest clocked in at 31:09 to place 102nd, followed by senior Michael Kerrigan at 31:25, good enough for 132nd. Sophomore Bobby Papazian was Villanova's fourth runner to cross the line for the Wildcats finishing 182nd overall with a time of 31:47. Rounding out the final three was freshman Brian Long clocking in at 32:40 for 225th, senior Geoffrey Doody finishing 232nd with a time of 33:00, and freshman Keith Capecci posting a 33:17 for 241st.
"I am very proud of our team as a whole," says Villanova head coach Marcus O'Sullivan. "Bobby (Curtis) ran a terrific race as our only runner who has competed in a race of this caliber prior to today. We are walking away from this with more experience and are ready to conquer whatever the future seasons bring."
Representing the Villanova women's squad today was freshman Sheila Reid, who qualified as an individual competitor in her first season as a Wildcat. Reid earned herself the opportunity to compete with the other top-runners from around the country and finished 148th overall with a time of 21:53.2 on the 6k course.
For complete results from today's race, click here.