Colin O'Mara
Colin  O'Mara

Hometown:
Little Rock, Ark.

High School:
Catholic

Event:
Cross Country/Distance

Birthdate:
01/05/1995

Experience:
Sr./So.


02/24/2017

Men's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (2/24/17)

The men's track & field team opened competition at the BIG EAST Championships on February 24, 2017.

On O'Mara: Tough competitor in the middle distance events and cross country who overcame injuries during his career to have his best season of competition as a senior ... Was a BIG EAST champion in the 4x800 meter relay outdoors in 2017.

2017 Outdoor: Ran the leadoff leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and was a part of a conference title for the first time in his career ... Opened the relay with a personal best split of 1:57.10 and Villanova went on to win the race with a time of 7:37.94 ... Also earned his first career All-BIG EAST honor for being part of the Wildcats relay squad ... Competed in the 1500 meters individually at the conference meet and finished 14th in the preliminary heats with a time of 4:00.55 ... Recorded a personal best time of 3:55.65 in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he finished 38th in the elite section of the event ... Helped the Wildcats to a first place finish in the 4x1500 meter relay at the Colonial Relays ... Ran the leadoff leg of the race and Villanova finished with a winning time of 15:40.36 ... Posted 1500 meter times of 3:59.15 at the Jim Kehoe Invitational and 4:03.16 at the Sam Howell Invitational ... Placed ninth in the 800 meters at the Haverford Invitational with a time of 1:57.26.

2016-17 Indoor: Competed four times in the Mile and once in the 3000 meters during the season ... Advanced to the final of the Mile at the BIG EAST Championships ... Recorded a personal best time of 4:16.89 in the final to finish in 12th place ... Posted a time of 4:18.94 and was also 12th in the preliminary heats at the conference meet ... Posted times of 4:22.83 and 4:22.89 in the Mile at the Villanova Open and the Villanova Invitational, respectively ... Ran the 3000 meters with a personal best time of 8:55.30 at the FastTrack National Invitational.

2016 Cross Country: Ran in five races during the season ... Was the team's fifth scoring runner at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, where he finished with a time of 32:58.1 over 10000 meters ... Finished sixth on the team and 42nd overall at the BIG EAST Championships, where he ran the 8000 meter course in 26:24.1 ... Made his season debut at the Main Line Invitational with a 30th place finish and a personal best time of 20:48.5 over four miles ... Finished 144th in a field of more than 500 runners at the Chile Pepper Festival with an 8000 meter time of 25:46.2 ... Recorded a time of 27:29 over 5.2 miles at the Penn State National.

2016 Outdoor: Did not compete at any meets.

2015-16 Indoor: Did not compete at any meets.

2015 Cross Country: Ran in the Main Line Invitational and finished 87th with a time of 21:42 on the four-mile course at Haverford College.

2015 Outdoor: Did not compete at any meets.

2015 Indoor: Competed in the Mile at the Metro Team Challenge and registered a time of 4:29.00 to finish in 28th place.

2014 Cross Country: Did not compete at any meets.

2014 Outdoor: Redshirted.

2013-14 Indoor: Ran in the 3000 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational and finished in ninth place with a time of 9:19.56.

2013 Cross Country: Redshirted ... Competed at three meets as an unattached runner ... Opened the season with a time of 20:04.20 over 6,000 meters at the Friend Big Five Invitational ... Placed 48th in that meet ... Ran twice on the four-mile course at Haverford, coming in 61st at the Main Line Invitational (21:09.96) and 23rd at the Haverford Invitational (21:18.30).

Catholic High School: Registered consecutive top-15 finishes at the Arkansas 7A Cross Country Championships ... Came in 12th at the state meet as a junior and finished ninth as a senior ... Runner-up in the 1600 meters at the Arkansas Outdoor Track & Field Meet of Champions ... Earned all-state honors in both cross country and track ... Was the 7A state champion in the 1600 meters as a senior ... Member of Mu Alpha Theta (Mathematics Honor Society) and the Beta Club.

Emerald A.C.: Competed for Emerald A.C. in Ireland and was a member of the U18 Boys national championship 4x400 meter relay team ... Placed third individually in the U18 Boys 1500 meters.

Personal: Born 1/5/95 ... One of three sons of Frank and Patty O'Mara ... Has two brothers, Jack and Harry ... Father is a three-time Olympian for his native Ireland and a two-time world indoor champion in the 1500 meters ... Also ran collegiate track at Arkansas and was an NCAA individual champion in the 1500 meters ... Finance major in the Villanova School of Business.

PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)

800 Meters                                    1:57.26                   2017 Haverford Invitational
1500 Meters 3:55.65 2017 Larry Ellis Invitational Mile 4:16.89 2017 BIG EAST Championships 3000 Meters 8:55.30 2017 FastTrack National Invitational
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters                                   20:04.20                  2013 Friend Big Five Invitational
4 Miles                                       20:48.3                   2016 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 25:46.2 2016 Chile Pepper Festival
5.2 Miles 27:29 2016 Penn State National
10000 Meters 32:58.1 2016 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor)

BIG EAST Champion                                                       2017 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2017 (4x800 Meter Relay)

CAREER AWARDS (Academics)

BIG EAST All-Academic Team                                              2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16

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