Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; team wins title by more than 30 points
Villanova junior continued race and made final jumps after being injured during the race
FitzSimons, McEntee and Denault all won individual conference titles on Sunday afternoon
Denault, Trainer and Tully all win their respective events in Friday's meet
First-year Villanova runner shatters personal best time by more than six seconds
On Basili: Comes off a big junior season in which he developed into a consistent scorer for the cross country team and also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary during the outdoor season ... Enters his final year of eligibility with bright prospects for another successful campaign ... Fierce competitor in the distance events.
2014 Cross Country: Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region and All-BIG EAST recognition for the second straight year ... Was the fifth scoring runner for the Wildcats at each of those meets to help Villanova defend its team titles at both events ... Also was the fifth runner for Villanova at the NCAA Championships, where he registered an 86th place overall finish ... Registered the second fastest 10K time of his career by crossing the finish line in 30:32 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, where he finished 15th overall ... Placed 11th at the BIG EAST meet ... Finished as the second runner for the Wildcats in each of his first three races of the season ... Began the year by coming in fourth overall at the Main Line Invitational ... Set a personal best 8000 meters time of 24:00 and placed 22nd at the Washington Invitational ... Finished in eighth place at the Princeton Invitational as Villanova won the team title at the meet for the second straight year.
2014 Outdoor: Ran a personal best time in the 5000 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary for the first time ... Crossed the finish line at the Larry Ellis meet in 14:08.71 to come in eighth out of 77 runners and shatter his previous personal best by more than 16 seconds ... Placed 18th in his heat and 37th overall in the national semifinals of the 5000 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary (14:58.55) ... Came in sixth at the BIG EAST Championships (14:37.69) and ninth at the Colonial Relays (14:29.08) ... Opened the season by finishing third in the 1500 meters at the Danny Curran Invitational with a time of 3:55.81.
2014 Indoor: Came in fifth in the 3000 meters and 11th in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Posted a personal best time of 8:17.40 in the 3000 meters at the conference meet ... Also crossed the finish line in 14:41.08 in the 5000 meters ... Set a personal best time of 14:25.44 in the 5000 meters at the Armory Collegiate Invitational and came in eighth in the Championship section of the race ... Opened the season at the Penn State National and finished 16th in the Invitational section of the 3000 meters with a time of 8:19.59.
2013 Cross Country: Emerged as a major contributor for Villanova and was one of the team's scoring runners at every meet during the season ... Earned All-BIG EAST and All-Mid Atlantic Region honors ... Was the fifth scoring runner for the Wildcats at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional to help the Wildcats win the team titles at both events ... Came in 12th overall at the NCAA regional with a career-best 10,000 meters time of 30:12 ... Placed 14th at the BIG EAST Championships (24:41) ... Finished 143rd with a time of 31:44.5 at the NCAA Championships, where his third place finish within the team lineup was a career best ... Came in 10th at the Princeton Invitational and set a personal best 8,000 meters time of 24:06 ... Finished fourth on the team and 15th overall at the Chile Pepper Festival (25:02.1) ... Opened the season with a 6,000 meters time of 19:11.35 at the Friend Big Five Invitational, where he came in 18th ... Registered a sixth place finish and a four-mile time of 19:33.93 at the Main Line Invitational.
2013 Outdoor: His only race of the season made headlines, as he ran the 3000 meter steeplechase for the first time in his career ... Despite falling and suffering an arm injury during the race he finished the race and won his heat with a time of 9:20.10 ... That time paced his heat of 14 runners and was the seventh best overall out of 28 competitors in the race ... Missed the remainder of the season due to the injury suffered during the race.
2013 Indoor: Competed at the BIG EAST Championships and came in 22nd in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:33.24 ... Finished fourth in the 5000 meters at the Great Dane Classic in 14:44.66.
2012 Cross Country: Ran six times during the season and was part of the Wildcats top seven in every race ... Counted as the team's fifth runner at the Pre-NCAA Meet, where he came in 130th overall with a career-best 8K time of 24:40.7 ... Was the sixth Villanova runner across the finish line at both the BIG EAST Championships (40th overall) and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional (43rd) ... Posted a time of 25:47.34 at the BIG EAST meet and registered a career best 10K time of 31:30 at the regional meet ... Finished with a time of 32:36.8 at the NCAA Championships ... Was seventh on the team at the national meet as well as at the Paul Short Run, where he came in 55th out of 332 runners with a time of 25:00 ... Opened the season with a four-mile time of 19:37.50 at the Main Line Invitational, where he came in 11th out of 110 runners and fifth in the Villanova lineup.
2012 Outdoor: Competed in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships, coming in 16th at the conference meet in 14:46.65 ... His qualifying time for the BIG EAST meet came at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he registered a personal best mark of 14:34.44 while finishing 39th out of 105 runners ... Came in 25th in 14:44.30 at the Sam Howell Invitational ... Finished the season at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet by running the 1500 meters in 3:55.65 ... Came in sixth out of 117 runners at the Danny Curran Invitational with a time of 3:59.00 in the 1500 meters.
2012 Indoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 3000 meters ... Came in 21st at the conference meet with a time of 8:36.46 ... Registered a personal best time of 8:27.44 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, where he finished 16th in the College section of the event ... Opened the season with a runner-up finish at the Jack Pyrah Invitational (8:45.28) ... Ran the 5000 meters at the Great Dane Classic and came in fifth with a time of 14:38.68.
2011 Cross Country: Came in 15th at the Main Line Invitational to open the season, where he had a four-mile time of 20:06.85 ... Lowered his time to 19:56 on the same course at the Haverford Invitational and placed third out of 110 runners ... Ran in the Men's Open race at the Paul Short Run and came in seventh out of 452 runners with a career-best 8K time of 25:45 ... Finished fourth at the Jack St. Clair Memorial Championships.
2011 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Ran as an unattached entry in the 1500 meters at both the season-opening Big Five Invite as well as the Widener Invitational ... Placed fourth at the Widener meet with a career-best time of 3:55.05.
2011 Indoor: Redshirted ... Competed unattached at the Jack Pyrah Invitational and finished fifth in the 3000 meters with a personal best time of 8:53.38.
2010 Cross Country: Redshirted ... Came in 23rd place as an unattached runner at the four-mile Main Line Invitational, where he registered a time of 20:54.56 ... Placed 17th in the open race at the Paul Short Run with a time of 25:52 on the 8K course ... Came in 40th at the Haverford Invitational.
Columbia High School: Indoor and outdoor track North II Group 4 sectional champion in the 1600 meters ... Outdoor track Group 4 champion in the 1600 meters ... Named the Essex County Breakout Runner of the Year in 2010.
Personal: Born 9/2/92 ... One of two children of Susan and Joseph Basili ... Has a sister, Nicole ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and is majoring in Finance and Accounting.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 1:56 High School 1500 Meters 3:55.05 2011 Widener Invitational 3000 Meters 8:17.40 2014 BIG EAST Championships 3000 Meter Steeplechase 9:20.10 2013 Colonial Relays 5000 Meters 14:08.71 2014 Larry Ellis Invitational 8000 Meters (XC) 24:00 2014 Washington Invitational 10000 Meters (XC) 30:12 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
8000 Meters 24:00 2014 Washington Invitational 10000 Meters 30:12 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2013, 2014 All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14