Ellison leads Villanova to first 4x800 title since 1992 and program's 95th title overall
Villanova also received All-Academic Team recognition
Villanova sophomore will run in the finals of 1500 meters for second straight year
Four of the Villanova runners who move on were automatic qualifiers in their respective events
Official declarations for regional meet were announced on Thursday afternoon
Villanova competed in the Metro Team Challenge at New York Armory on January 23, 2015.
On Denault: Has run three sub-four minute miles during his Villanova career, including two last season ... An elite talent in the Wildcats middle distance group who will continue to be a major contributor in both cross country and track during the coming year ... Expected to make an impact on the national level.
2014 Cross Country: Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the third straight season, as well as All-BIG EAST accolades for the second consecutive year ... Was the second finisher for Villanova at both the NCAA Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Placed fourth overall at the regional meet to help the Wildcats defend their team title at the event ... His time of 30:22 over 10,000 meters at the NCAA Regional was the second fastest of his career ... Came in 56th overall at the national championships ... Finished in sixth place at the BIG EAST Championships and was fourth on the team to help Villanova repeat as conference champions ... Made his season debut at the Paul Short Run, where he finished in 12th place overall and was the Wildcats third runner ... Placed fourth on the team and 10th overall at the Princeton Invitational to help Villanova win the team title at the meet for the second straight year.
2014 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary in the 1500 meters for the third straight year ... Came in eighth in his heat and 34th overall in the national first round of the 1500 meters with a time of 3:50.31 at the NCAA East Preliminary ... Was the runner-up in the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships (3:47.65) to earn All-BIG EAST honors ... Also earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the second leg of the relay and helped the Wildcats to a runner-up finish in the relay with a time of 7:34.83 ... Finished eighth in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:44.28) ... Ran the second leg of the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays and helped Villanova finish in third place with a time of 16:19.98 ... Led off the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays to help lead the Wildcats top relay squad to a winning time of 9:50.37.
2014 Indoor: Ran the second and third sub-four minute miles of his career ... Registered a time of 3:59.86 at the Iowa State Classic and later recorded a time of 3:59.52 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet ... Placed ninth in the Mile at the BIG EAST Championships with a mark of 4:13.26 in the final ... Came in third overall in the preliminary heats at the conference meet in 4:13.37 ... Anchored the distance medley relay to a third place finish and a time of 9:36.89 in the Invitational section at the Penn State National.
2013 Cross Country: Key performer for Villanova in the team's victories at the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the second straight year and All-BIG EAST accolades for the first time ... Was among the Wildcats top four runners in every scored meet during the season ... Came in sixth individually at the BIG EAST Championships (24:18) and ninth at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... His time of 29:58 over 10,000 meters in the regional meet was a personal best and nearly a full minute faster than the time he ran at that meet the previous season ... Finished in 160th place and was the team's fourth finisher at the NCAA Championships (31:53.2) ... Set a personal best 8,000 meters time of 23:51 in a sixth place finish at the Princeton Invitational, where the Wildcats were also the team champions ... Came in 19th overall at the Chile Pepper Festival (25:06.1) ... Opened the season with a fourth place finish at the 6,000 meter Friend Big Five Invitational, where he recorded a time of 18:52.32.
2013 Outdoor: As an individual runner competed solely in the 1500 meters during the season ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships and advanced to the national semifinals of the event ... During the season he twice posted times that were below the 1500 meters equivalent of a four-minute mile (3:42.20) ... At the NCAA East Regional posted a personal best time of 3:41.58 in the national quarterfinal round, coming in 11th out of 24 runners and securing his spot at the NCAA Championships ... Earlier in competition at the East Regional came in eighth out of 48 runners in the national first round (3:49.91) ... Came in 18th out of 24 competitors in the national semifinals at the NCAA Championships (3:44.65) ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors with a third place finish at the conference meet ... Recorded times of 3:53.65 in the preliminaries and 3:48.53 in the finals at the BIG EAST Championships ... Opened the season with a first place finish at the Widener Invitational, where he paced 97 runners with a winning time of 3:46.39 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships, where the Wildcats finished fifth with a time of 7:37.41 ... At the Penn Relays ran the third leg of the 4xMile relay and helped lead Villanova to a third place finish (16:18.53) ... Led off the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays, where the Wildcats finished in second place with a time of 9:56.03.
2013 Indoor: Became the 35th member of the sub-four minute mile club at Villanova ... Ran a career best time of 3:59.39 at the Alex Wilson Invitational to join the most exclusive club of elite Wildcats runners ... Finished fourth in a field of 33 runners in that race and solidified a spot in the NCAA Championships ... Placed seventh in his preliminary heat at the NCAA meet in 4:04.29 ... BIG EAST individual champion in the Mile with a time of 4:07.43 in the finals-only race at the conference meet ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and earned All-BIG EAST honors for helping Villanova to a runner-up finish with a time of 7:32.66 in the relay ... Opened the indoor season by winning the 3000 meters in 8:15.73 at the Great Dane Classic ... Competed in the invitational section of the Mile at the Penn State National and clocked a time of 4:00.04 ... Finished third out of 43 runners in the Championship section of the 1000 meters at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, where he posted a time of 2:24.61.
2012 Cross Country: Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors and helped Villanova receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships by finishing 19th overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Crossed the finish line in that race in 30:54 and was the Wildcats fifth counting runner ... Finished in the team's top five at all five scored meets during the season ... Placed second on the team and 53rd overall at the Pre-NCAA Meet with a collegiate-best 8K time of 24:04.7 ... Third finisher for Villanova and came in 21st overall at the BIG EAST Championships (25:12.18) ... Came in 166th at the NCAA Championships (31:16.7) ... Opened the season with a 26th place finish and a time of 24:37 at the Paul Short Run, where he helped the Wildcats capture the team title.
2012 Outdoor: Came on strong during the second half of the season and reached the NCAA East Regional in the 1500 meters ... Posted a time of 4:07.99 at the NCAA East Regional meet ... Ran a personal best time and finished in first place out of 81 runners with a time of 3:42.26 in the 1500 meters at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet ... Scored team points at the BIG EAST Championships with a fourth place finish in the finals (3:51.75) ... Moved up six spots after ranking 10th in the preliminary heats (3:52.12) at the conference meet ... Also ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova finish in fourth place in the relay ... Ran in a Villanova shirt for the first time at the Larry Ellis Invitational and came in sixth out of 80 runners with a time of 3:45.89 ... Led off the Wildcats distance medley relay at the Penn Relays ... Competed as an unattached runner in the Sam Howell Invitational and finished in fourth place (3:47.15).
2012 Indoor: Competed as an unattached runner at the Great Dane Classic and came in second in the 3000 meters with a personal best time of 8:15.72 ... Shattered his previous top time in the event by more than 15 seconds.
2011 Cross Country: Competed as an unattached runner ... Came in 19th in the Main Line Invitational with a time of 20:26.25 over four miles ... Placed 28th in the Men's Open race at the Paul Short Run with an 8K time of 26:07 ... Individual winner at the Jack St. Clair Memorial Championships ... Runner-up at the Haverford Invitational.
Aurora High School: Team MVP all four years in track, as well as his junior and senior years in cross country ... Holds the Canadian Youth 1500 meters record (3:45.87) ... 2009 OFSAA Junior Boys 1500 meter record holder (3:55.38) ... 2010 Ontario Youth Distance Athlete of the Year ... Canadian Junior champion in the 1500 meters (2011) ... Previously was the Canadian Youth champion in the 1500 meters in 2009 and 2010 ... Received a bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Cross Country Championships in 2010 ... Member of the Canadian team at the 2011 World Cross and NACAC Cross Country Championships, as well as at the 2011 Pan-American Track Championships ... Achieved Honor Roll status academically all four years.
Personal: Born 4/27/93 ... Second of three children of David and Kristine Denault ... Has an older brother, Alex, and a younger sister, Carolyn ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and is majoring in Marketing with minors in Entrepreneurship and Business Analytics.
1500 METERS EQUIVALENT
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 1:52.54 High School 1000 Meters 2:24.61 2013 Armory Collegiate Invitational 1500 Meters 3:41.58 2013 NCAA East Regional Mile 3:58.25 2015 Penn State National 3000 Meters 8:15.72 2012 Albany Great Dane Invitational
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
8000 Meters 23:51 2013 Princeton Invitational 10000 Meters 29:58 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2012, 2013, 2014 All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (Second Team) 2013 (Mile) BIG EAST Champion 2013 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2013 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2013 (4x800 Meter Relay) Sub-Four Minute Mile (first career) 2013 (Alex Wilson Invitational) (3:59.39)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014 (1500 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 (Track) USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2013 (Cross Country) BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14