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: Three-time All-BIG EAST performer in the 4x800 meter relay and a BIG EAST scorer individually in the 800 meters, the 1000 meters and the 1500 meters during his career ... A versatile competitor in the middle distance events with a terrific work ethic ... Made great strides during the course of his career.
2015 Outdoor: Ran the leadoff leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova earn All-BIG EAST honors in the relay with a third place finish and a time of 7:34.52 ... Also scored individually in the 1500 meters, in which he placed eighth with a personal best time of 3:53.10 ... Also set a personal best in the 800 meters during the season, as he posted a time of 1:56.82 in a fourth place finish at the Haverford Mid-Week Meet ... Tallied first place finishes in the 800 meters at the Delaware Open (1:59.16) and in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:53.64) ... Opened the season by placing 43rd in the seeded section of the 800 meters at the Colonial Relays, where he registered a time of 1:59.55.
2015 Indoor: Established a new personal best in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.52 at the BIG EAST Championships ... Came in sixth in the race at the conference meet to contribute team points towards the Wildcats second straight BIG EAST title ... Opened the season at the Metro Team Challenge with a time of 4:24.66 in the Mile ... Runner-up in the Mile at the McElligott Invitational (4:20.11) ... Ran the 1000 meters at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and finished in 2:28.65 to notch the second-fastest time of his career.
2014 Outdoor: Earned All-BIG EAST honors as part of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships ... Led off the relay and helped Villanova come in second with a time of 7:34.83 ... Also set a personal best in the 1500 meters, crossing the finish line with a time of 3:53.24 and coming in ninth ... Won the 1500 meters at the Widener Invitational (3:53.65) ... Recorded a personal best time of 1:58.28 in the 800 meters at the Haverford Meet ... Came in second in the 1500 meters at the Danny Curran Invitational (3:55.67) and was 54th at the Colonial Relays (4:03.43).
2014 Indoor: Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the third leg of the relay and helped Villanova to a second place finish with a time of 7:37.80 ... Also scored team points individually at the conference meet with a seventh place finish in the 1000 meters, where he registered a personal best time of 2:25.86 ... Placed 21st in the Championship section of the 1000 meters at the Armory Collegiate Invitational and registered a time of 2:30.27 in the race ... Came in 13th in the 1000 meters at the Great Dane Classic (2:32.26) ... Competed twice in the Mile during the season and the better of his two times was 4:15.29 in an eighth place finish in the Unseeded section at the Penn State National ... Finished third in the Mile at the Gotham Cup meet with a time of 4:15.78 ... Opened the season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational and recorded a personal best time of 8:46.54 to place fifth in the 3000 meters.
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 ... Double major in Economics and Humanities.
800 Meters 1:56.82 2015 Haverford Mid-Week Meet 1000 Meters 2:25.86 2014 BIG EAST Championships 1500 Meters 3:53.10 2015 BIG EAST Championships 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 (Outdoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2014, 2015 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2011-12, 2012-13
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
4x800 Meter Relay 2nd 2014 Indoor, 2014 Outdoor
4x800 Meter Relay 3rd 2015 Outdoor
800 Meters 6th 2015 Indoor
1000 Meters 7th 2014 Indoor
1500 Meters 8th 2015 Outdoor