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Keith Capecci

Player Profile
Hometown:
New Hope, Pa.

High School:
Council Rock North

Position:
Cross Country/Distance

Birthdate:
01/25/1988

Experience:
Gr./Sr.

On Capecci: One of the team's top cross country runners during his career ... Developed into a consistent performer who helped the Wildcats have success as a team at the conference and national levels ... Strong distance runner on the track.

2011 Cross Country: Finished fifth on the team at the NCAA Championships with a time of 31:03, helping Villanova place 13th as a team ... All-BIG EAST for the second straight year with a sixth place finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... Second on the team at the conference meet with an 8K time of 23:42.2, which was more than 40 seconds faster than his previous personal best set just two weeks earlier ... Helped Villanova win its first BIG EAST team title since 2002 ... Led all runners on the Wildcats with a 33rd place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (24:20) ... Raced for the first time at the Paul Short Run and finished second on the team (17th overall) with a time of 24:42 on the 8K course.

2011 Outdoor: Runner-up in the 10000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a career-best time of 29:41.65 ... Qualified for the NCAA East Regional and came in 21st at that meet in 29:51.43 ... Placed fourth in the 5000 meters at the Colonial Relays with a time of 14:08.77.

2011 Indoor: Did not compete in any events.

2010 Cross Country: Emerged as one of the team's most consistent performers and garnered All-Mid Atlantic Region and All-BIG EAST accolades ... Was the team's second finisher at the NCAA Championships and the Notre Dame Invitational ... Came in third on the team and 14th overall at the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed 17th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a personal best 10K time of 30:40 ... Third on the team and 19th overall out of 266 runners at the Penn State National ... Opened his season by placing 11th at the Main Line Invitational with a time of 20:22.89 on the four-mile course.

2010 Outdoor: Came in third in the 1500 meters and fifth in the 800 meters at the Villanova Duals, registering personal best times in both events in the process ... Missed the remainder of the season with an injury.

2010 Indoor: Came in 10th in the 3000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 8:18.97 ... Earned his qualification to the conference meet at the NYRR II meet, where he placed seventh in 8:21.27 ... Finished fourth in the Mile at the Haverford College Invitational.

2009 Cross Country: Redshirted.

2009 Outdoor: Redshirted.

2009 Indoor: Redshirted.

2008 Cross Country: Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors with an 18th place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... His performance helped Villanova advance as a team to the NCAA Championships ... Placed 177th overall at the national meet with a 10K time of 31:29.7... Came in 20th at the BIG EAST Championships with an 8K time of 25:07.7 ... Finished 18th at the Penn State National and 33rd at the Paul Short Run ... Opened the season with a fourth place finish at the Haverford Invitational.

2008 Outdoor: Competed in the 5000 meters at the Penn Relays and finished 25th in his section with a time of 14:54.76 ... Finished third in the 3000 meters at the Princeton Quad Meet with a time of 8:31.88.

2008 Indoor: Ran twice in the 3000 meters, finishing sixth at the Penn State National with a season-best time of 8:31.58 and coming in 12th at the NYC Gotham Cup.

2007 Cross Country: Enjoyed a strong freshman campaign and was part of the team's lineup for the postseason meets ... Came in 44th at the BIG EAST Championships and 52nd at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Made his collegiate debut at the Haverford Invitational and came in 14th out of 100 runners ... Came in eighth in the JV Race at the Paul Short Run and was 36th in the open race at the Pre-NCAA Meet.

Council Rock North High School: Anchored his school's 4xMile relay team to a national championship at the 2005 Nike Indoor Nationals ... Runner-up in both the 3200 meters and the 5000 meters at the PIAA state championships in 2005 ... Finished in ninth place at the 2005 Foot Locker Cross Country Northeast Regional and advanced to the national meet, where he finished 21st overall.

Personal: Born 1/25/88 in Stamford, Conn. ... One of four sons of John and Jayn Capecci ... Younger brother, Joseph, is also a member of the Villanova cross country and track & field teams ... Other siblings are J.T. and Christopher ... Graduated from Villanova with a degree in Criminal Justice ... Also minored in Spanish ... Currently enrolled in graduate school.

PERSONAL BESTS

800 Meters             1:59.67         2010 Villanova Duals
1500 Meters            3:57.20         2010 Villanova Duals
Mile                   4:17.05         2010 Haverford College Invitational
3000 Meters            8:18.19
5000 Meters            14:08.77        2011 Colonial Relays
10000 Meters           29:41.65        2011 BIG EAST Championships
8000 Meters (XC)       23:42           2011 BIG EAST Championships
10000 Meters (XC)      30:40           2010 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)

All-Mid Atlantic Region                2008, 2010
All-BIG EAST                           2010, 2011
BIG EAST Academic All-Star             2008, 2010

CAREER AWARDS (Track)

All-BIG EAST                           Outdoor 2011 (10000 Meters)
Sister Mary Margaret Cribben Award     Spring 2011 (Villanova University award)
BIG EAST Academic All-Star             2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12
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