Several strong performances make weekend a successful one for Villanova
Villanova opened the outdoor season at Franklin Field on Saturday
Villanova sophomore and senior each run personal best times
Villanova sophomore registers time of 3:57.86 at Penn State; 34th in school history to break four minutes
Samuel Ellison wins individual heat in 1000 meters as Wildcats return to action
2012 Outdoor: Recorded a BIG EAST Championships qualifying time of 48.81 in the 400 meters at the season-opening Big Five Invite, where he finished in first place out of 18 runners ... Came in sixth in the 400 meters (49.54) and 26th in the 200 meters (22.70) at the Colonial Relays.
2012 Indoor: Ran the 400 meters at the NYC Gotham Cup and recorded a time of 52.50 ... At the Penn State National came in 26th in the unseeded section of the 400 meters (50.67) and ran the second leg of the unseeded 4x400 meter relay, where the Wildcats finished in 10th place ... Came in 54th in the college section of the 400 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (50.66).
2011 Outdoor: Was a part of the champion distance medley relay squad at the Penn Relays, running the second leg of the race ... Helped Villanova capture its 94th title at the Penn Relays and the 24th in the DMR ... Also anchored the team's 4x400 meter relay to a fifth-place finish in the IC4A section at the Penn Relays ... Was the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay on three occasions and helped the team finish fourth in the preliminaries at the IC4A Championship with a season-best time of 3:10.22 ... Anchored the Wildcats to a first-place finish at the Colonial Relays (3:12.27) ... Registered qualifying marks for the BIG EAST Championships in both the 200 meters and the 400 meters ... Came in 12th at the conference meet with a time of 48.82 in the 400 meters ... Earlier in the season posted a personal best time of 48.06 and came in ninth at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Placed fourth at the Mason Spring Invitational (48.11) ... Ran the 200 meters three times ... Won his section at the Colonial Relays in 21.95 and then established a personal best of 21.92 at the Mason Spring Invitational ... Had a time of 21.99 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Mason Spring Invitational, where Villanova came in first place with a time of 3:13.66.
2011 Indoor: Scored team points for Villanova with a fifth-place finish in the 400 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Had a time of 48.11 in the finals after his mark of 48.37 in the preliminaries was the second fastest overall ... Came in fifth in the 400 meters at the NYRR II meet (49.30) and ninth at the Albany Great Dane Invitational (49.54) ... Placed 31st in the college section at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational ... Opened the season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational and placed fifth in the 300 meters and eighth in the 55 meters (6.70).
2010 Outdoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 400 meters and finished 10th at the conference meet with a season-best time of 48.43 ... Placed eighth at the Colonial Relays and came in 11th overall (seventh collegiate finisher) at the Miami Invitational ... Ran in the 200 meters at the Colonial Relays and finished 13th out of 65 runners with a time of 22.11 ... Was a regular part of the Wildcats 4x400 meter relay squad ... Anchored the team to a fifth place finish at the BIG EAST Championships, a seventh place showing at the Penn Relays and a fifth place finish (third among collegiate entries) at the Miami Invitational ... Was also the anchor of a quartet that placed second at the Colonial Relays ... Ran the leadoff leg of the relay at the IC4A Championship and helped the Wildcats finish in seventh place.
2010 Indoor: Earned a fifth place finish in the 400 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 49.03 in the finals ... Ran slightly faster in the preliminaries, where his mark of 48.85 put him in sixth place ... Finished 11th out of 75 runners at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational ... Came in third in the 200 meters at the Penn State Relays (22.77) and 11th at the NYRR II meet ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships, where the Wildcats finished fourth ... Also ran the second leg of the relay at the NYRR I meet to help Villanova finish first in its section ... Ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400 relay four other times.
The Pingry School: Holds numerous school records in the sprints and hurdles ... Won multiple state medals and titles during his high school career.
Personal: Born 4/28/91 ... Youngest of three children of Charles and Ethelyn Bowers ... Has two older sisters, Nicole (29) and Charlynn (21) ... Undeclared major in the school of Liberal Arts.
200 Meters 21.92 2011 Mason Spring Invitational 400 Meters 48.06 2011 Hurricane Alumni Invitational
Penn Relays Champion 2011 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Academic All-Star 2009-10