Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; team wins title by more than 30 points
Wildcats wrapped up two days of competition at local meet on Saturday afternoon
FitzSimons, McEntee and Denault all won individual conference titles on Sunday afternoon
Four runners register personal best times for Villanova on Saturday afternoon
Villanova also gets terrific performance from Rob Denault in the invitational Mile
On Bates: Has demonstrated consistent progress in the middle distance events during his time on the team ... Expected to continue improving during the coming year ... Will look to earn a spot on the team during meets.
2013 Cross Country: Ran in four races during the season ... Set a personal best 8,000 meters time of 25:10 at the Princeton Invitational, where he finished 84th overall ... Opened the season at the Friend Big Five Invitational and had a 6,000 meters time of 20:06.14 to come in 50th ... Placed fifth out of 78 runners at the four-mile Haverford Invitational (20:15.60) and came in 54th on the same course at the Main Line Invitational (21:01.24).
2013 Outdoor: Ran three races in the 1500 meters ... His time of 3:54.29 at the Haverford Tri-Meet was a personal best and he paced a field of 19 runners to win that race ... Came in third at the Delaware Open (3:58.11) and finished in 30th place at the Widener Invitational (4:06.55).
2013 Indoor: Set personal bests in both the 1000 meters and the Mile ... Ran his only race in the 1000 meters at the Penn State National and finished with a time of 2:29.83 in the invitational section ... Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the Mile and came in 12th at the conference meet in 4:17.95 ... Set a personal best with a time of 4:14.01 and came in fourth out of 26 runners at the Great Dane Classic ... Also came in fourth at the New York City Gotham Cup (4:16.67) ... Finished 21st in the College section at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (4:16.67) ... Opened the season with a fifth place finish at the Jack Pyrah Invitational (4:21.47).
2012 Cross Country: Came in 34th in the Open race at the Paul Short Run with a time of 26:10 ... Finished third among seven Villanova runners in that race ... Ran twice on the four-mile Alumni Course at Haverford during the season, coming in 42nd at the season-open Main Line Invitational (20:41.80) and fifth at the Haverford Invitational (20:22.40) later in the year.
2012 Outdoor: Ran five times in the 1500 meters and established a personal best time of 3:57.65 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet ... Broke the four-minute mark for the first time in his collegiate career at the Swarthmore race ... Came in 17th out of 84 runners at the Widener Invitational (4:00.33) ... Finished 20th at the Danny Curran Invitational (4:02.93) and 48th at the Colonial Relays (4:01.06) ... Opened the season with a 21st place finish in 4:08.37 at the Big Five Invite.
2012 Indoor: Finished 12th in the Mile at the NYC Gotham Cup with a time of 4:23.77 ... Improved that time to 4:20.54 at the Great Dane Classic and registered a 21st place finish ... Came in 10th at the Seamus McGelligott Invitational (4:30.52) ... Began the season by competing as an unattached runner at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, where he finished 16th in the Mile (4:40.34) ... Ran the unseeded section of the 1000 meters at the Penn State National and came in eighth with a time of 2:30.90.
2011 Cross Country: Made his collegiate debut as an unattached runner at the Main Line Invitational and came in 46th with a time of 21:41.11 over four miles ... Lowered that mark to 20:59 at the Haverford Invitational and came in 25th.
Saint Peter's Prep: Established personal bests in the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters during the indoor 2011 season ... Both marks are school records as well ... His time of 4:22.7 at the Hudson County Indoor Championships in 2011 is a meet record ... Received third team All-State Non-Public Group honors as a senior in cross country and indoor track (3200 meters) ... Also was first team All-Hudson County in cross country as well as indoor track (1600 meters, 3200 meters) and outdoor track (3200 meters) ... Achieved First Honors status academically as a junior and a senior ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Recipient of the National Latin Exam Gold Medal (junior and senior) and the John Adams Award (senior).
Personal: Born 7/15/93 in New York, N.Y. ... Older of two children of David Bates and Joan Allman Bates ... Has a younger sister, Sarah (16) ... Majoring in Economics.
800 Meters 1:58.7 High School 1000 Meters 2:25.86 2014 BIG EAST Championships 1500 Meters 3:54.29 2013 Haverford Tri-Meet Mile 4:14.01 2013 Great Dane Classic 3000 Meters 8:46.54 2013 Jack Pyrah Invitational 8000 Meters (XC) 25:10 2013 Princeton Invitational
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2011-12, 2012-13