Ben Malone finished strong despite falling just thousandths of a second short of advancing
Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; team wins title by more than 30 points
Villanova competed in the Championship of America DMR and several other events at the Penn Relays on April 28, 2017.
Men's track & field photo gallery from the second and final day of action at the BIG EAST Championships in Geneva, Ohio
Men's track & field photo gallery from the first day of BIG EAST Championships -- May 13, 2016
Villanova ran in the Championship of America sprint medley relay and distance medley relay on Friday afternoon.
Villanova won its third straight team title at the indoor BIG EAST Championships.
2017 Cross Country: Competed in four races during the season ... Finished in 28th place at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 25:50.2 over 8,000 meters ... Tallied a personal best 8K time of 25:12.1 at the Paul Short Run ... Recorded a time of 26:55.1 over 5.2 miles at the Penn State National Open ... Began the season with a 17th place finish at the Main Line Invitational, where he had a time of 20:32.0 over four miles.
2017 Outdoor: Helped the Wilddcats win a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the second leg of the relay ath the BIG EAST Championships with a split of 1:53.24 and Villanova won the race with a time of 7:37.94 ... Also placed ninth individually in the 1500 meters at the conference meet ... Crossed the finish line in 3:52.55 in the preliminary heats and was ranked 11th overall before moving up to ninth with a time of 3:58.13 in the final ... Led off the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays and had a split of 2:58.16 over 1200 meters ... Villanova finished fifth in that race with a time of 9:34.59 ... Opened the season by anchoring the 4x1500 meter relay squad to a first place finish with a time of 15:40.36 at the Colonial Relays ... Ran three other races in the 1500 meters and had a season-best time of 3:48.05 in a runner-up finish at the Jim Kehoe Invitational ... Came in fifth at the Sam Howell Invitational (3:52.56) and was 30th in the elite section at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:53.46).
2017 Indoor: Ran his only race of the season at the Gotham Cup, where he notched a first place finish in the 3000 meters and produced a personal best time of 8:21.23 ... Missed part of the indoor season with an illness and did not compete after the middle of January.
2016 Cross Country: Ran in five races during the season ... Began the year by placing 19th overall and third on the team at the Big 5 Invitational, where he posted a time of 19:52.9 over 6000 meters ... Ran in the four mile Main Line Invitational and finished 18th with a time of 20:27.0 ... Registered a time of 26:32.1 over 8000 meters at the Chile Pepper Festival ... Competed in the 5.2 mile race at the Penn State National and registered a time of 27:44 ... Came in 58th at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 26:51.3 over 8000 meters.
2016 Summer Season: Became the 39th member of Villanova's esteemed group of sub-four minute milers ... One week after the end of the collegiate season, he raced in a Princeton qualifying meet and recorded a time of 3:39.82 in the 1500 meters ... That is the metric equivalent of a sub-four minute mile and earned Malone consideration for the United States Olympic Trials ... He also competed at the New Balance Inferno in Guelph, Ont. and registered a second-straight sub-four equivalent when he posted a time of 3:40.11.
2016 Outdoor: Reached the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career as a qualifier in the 1500 meters ... In the national semifinal heats of the 1500 meters, produced a time of 3:49.54 and finished in a virtual tie for fifth place in his heat and the final qualifying spot in the final ... The times of Malone and another competitor were extended out to the thousandths of a second, and Malone's time of 3:49.540 fell seven-thousandths of a second short (3:49.533) of moving on to the final ... Earned honorable mention All-America honors and was ranked 17th overall at the NCAA meet ... Was an automatic qualifier coming out of both the national first round and national quarterfinal heats of the 1500 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary ... Ranked third overall after recording a time of 3:43.28 in the first round, and finished fifth overall in the quarterfinal round with a time of 3:44.28 ... Was part of a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the third leg of the relay at the BIG EAST Championships and Villanova won the relay with a time of 7:39.00 ... Also placed fourth individually in the 800 meters at the conference meet ... Had a time of 1:52.14 in the final after leading the field with a time of 1:50.51 in the preliminaries ... Led off the distance medley relay and anchored the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays ... Had a split of 2:57.74 over 1200 meters in the DMR and the Wildcats placed fifth in the race with a time of 9:39.10 ... Produced a split of 4:08.6 on the anchor leg of the 4xMile relay and Villanova again came in fifth with a time of 16:34.64 ... Won his first race of the season when he captured the championship section of the 1500 meters in 3:45.73 at the Colonial Relays ... Finished 11th in the elite section of the event at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:44.66) ... Came in fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.21 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational.
2016 Indoor: Contributed to the Wildcats third straight team title at the BIG EAST Championships by being part of the lineup for the distance medley relay and the 4x800 meter relay ... Led off the conference champion 4x800 relay and Villanova posted a winning time of 7:28.96 ... Ran the 800 meter leg of the DMR, in which the Wildcats finished second with a time of 9:29.17 ... That time represents the fourth-fastest indoor DMR race in school history ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in both relays ... Anchored the DMR earlier in the season at the Penn State National, where Villanova came in seventh in the invitational section of the relay and posted a time of 9:44.75 ... Registered personal best times individually in the Mile and the 3000 meters during the season ... Ran the Mile three times and had a top mark of 4:00.72 at the FastTrack National Invite, where he placed third in the invitational section ... Also recorded times of 4:08.27 in the invitational section at the Penn State National and came in second at the Great Dane Classic (4:10.91) ... Opened the season by winning the 3000 meters in a personal best time of 8:33.60 at the Villanova Open ... Placed fourth in the 800 meters at the Villanova Invitational with a time of 1:51.48.
2015 Cross Country: Ran five races during the season and was a part of the Wildcats lineup for the BIG EAST Championships ... Finished 57th at the conference meet with a time of 25:34.1 over 8,000 meters ... Established a personal best time for that distance at the Princeton Invitational, where he came in 64th overall and posted a time of 25:15.7 ... Also came in 141st at the Paul Short Run (25:51) ... Opened the season by coming in 33rd at the 6,000 meter Big Five Invitational with a time of 20:03.6 ... Placed 48th out of 150 runners at the Main Line Invitational with a time of 20:53 over four miles.
2015 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary meet and advanced to the national quarterfinal round of the 800 meters ... Won his heat in the national first round at the NCAA East Preliminary with a personal best tine of 1:48.60 ... Ranked sixth overall out of the qualifiers for the quarterfinal heats ... Finished 19th overall in the quarterfinals with a time of 1:49.28 ... Finished the season by winning the Rich Kenah 800 Meters (1:49.88) at the New Jersey International Invitational ... Scored team points in the 800 meters with a fifth place finish at the BIG EAST Championships while also earning All-BIG EAST accolades as part of the team's lineup in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the third leg of the relay, which finished in third place with a time of 7:34.52 ... Posted times of 1:50.55 in the preliminary heats and 1:50.34 in the final of the 800 meters ... Had the fastest overall time in the preliminaries before racing to a fifth place finish in the final ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 relay at the Penn Relays, where the Wildcats finished third with a time of 7:18.84 ... Opened the season by finishing fifth in the 1500 meters at the Danny Curran Invitational with a time of 3:59.77 ... Ran the second leg of the second-place 4x800 meter relay (7:33.29) at the Colonial Relays ... Runner-up in the 800 meters (1:49.96) and ran the third leg of the victorious 4x400 meter relay (3:14.95) at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Finished seventh in the elite section of the 800 meters (1:49.13) at the Larry Ellis Invitational.
2015 Indoor: Ran the third leg of the BIG EAST champion 4x800 meter relay ... Produced a split of 1:54.21 to help Villanova register a winning time of 7:30.61 in the relay en route to its second straight team title at the conference meet ... Also was an individual scorer in the 1000 meters, where he finished seventh with a time of 2:27.15 ... Prior to the BIG EAST Championships, ran the 1000 meters at both the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and the Metro Team Challenge ... Produced a season-best time of 2:25.46 at the Valentine Invitational and registered a time of 2:34.73 at the Metro Team Challenge ... Anchored the 4x800 relay squad to a first place finish at the Gotham Cup, where the Wildcats finished with a winning time of 7:49.23.
2014 Cross Country: Individual champion at the Haverford Invitational ... Opened the season at the Big Five Invitational and tallied a 30th place finish with a personal best time of 19:46.9 over 6000 meters ... Competed on an 8000 meter course for the first time at the Princeton Invitationala nd finished 51st in the Open race at the meet ... Placed 70th at the Main Line Invitational.
2014 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached runner at four meets during the season ... Came in fourth in the Elite section of the 800 meters at the Princeton Elite Meet with a time of 1:51.92 ... Placed fourth in the 800 meters at the Haverford Mid-Week Meet (1:54.58) ... Ran the 1500 meters at the Widener Invitational and finished third with a time of 3:54.73 ... Finished in 32nd place in the event at the Colonial Relays (3:57.34).
2013-14 Indoor: Was a BIG EAST champion in the distance medley relay and an All-BIG EAST performer in the 800 meters as Villanova won the team title at the conference meet ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR at the BIG EAST meet and the Wildcats registered a winning time of 9:42.08 ... Was the runner-up in the 800 meters individually with a season-best time of 1:51.80 ... Also ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay in a fourth place finish at the conference championships ... Villanova finished the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:20.69 ... Competed in the 800 meters two other times during the season, finishing 18th at the Boston University Last Chance Meet (1:54.84) and 42nd in the College section at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (1:56.66) ... Was a part of the Wildcats lineup for the Byron Dyce College 4x800 meter relay at the Millrose Games ... Ran the third leg of the relay and helped Villanova tally a second place finish with a time of 7:31.57 ... Helped the Wildcats win the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn State National, running the third leg of the race as Villanova finished with a winning time of 7:36.41 ... The Wildcats also won the 4x800 relay at the Gotham Cup, with Malone running the second leg ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR and Villanova came in first with a winning time of 9:58.26 at the Great Dane Classic ... Was an unattached runner at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational and came in fifth in the Mile with a time of 4:23.78.
2013 Cross Country: Competed at three meets as an unattached runner ... Opened the season with a time of 19:56.34 over 6,000 meters at the Friend Big Five Invitational ... Placed 47th in that meet ... Ran twice on the four-mile course at Haverford, coming in 26th at the Main Line Invitational (20:15.93) and 15th at the Haverford Invitational (21:01.60).
Pascack Valley High School: Set a New Jersey state prep record and registered the second-fastest time in the country in the 1500 meters with a personal best mark of 3:46.97 as a senior ... Indoor national champion in the 800 meters in 2012 with a time of 1:49.94 at the New Balance Indoor Nationals ... That time ranked No. 2 all-time on the US prep school list ... United States junior record holder indoors in the 800 meters and the 1000 meters ... As a senior was a Millrose Games champion in the high school Mile ... New Jersey state champion in the 1600 meters indoors and the 800 meters outdoors as a junior.
Personal: Born 11/13/94 ... One of three children of John and Nina Malone ... Has a brother, Daniel, and a sister, Lilly ... Double major in Economics and Political Science.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
400 Meters (Relay) 47.6 High School 400 Meters (Open) 48.94 High School 800 Meters 1:48.60 2015 NCAA East Preliminary 1000 Meters 2:23.56 High School 1500 Meters (Non-VU) 3:39.82 2016 Princeton Qualifier #2
1500 Meters (VU) 3:43.28 2016 NCAA East Preliminary Mile 4:00.72 2016 FastTrack National Invite
3000 Meters 8:15.93 2018 Nittany Lion Challenge
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters 19:46.9 2014 Big Five Invitational1500 METERS (SUB-3:42.20) (metric equivalent of sub-4:00 mile)
4 Miles 20:16.0 2013 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 25:12.1 2017 Paul Short Run
5.2 Miles 26:55.1 2017 Penn State National Open
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
BIG EAST Champion 2015, 2016 (4x800 Meter Relay)
BIG EAST Champion 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2014 (800 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2015, 2016 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2014, 2016 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-American (Honorable Mention) 2016 (1500 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion 2016, 2017 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2015, 2016, 2017 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17