Indoor season starts on a successful note at local meet
Long Jump 6.15 Meters 2012 Jack Pyrah Invitational
Rob Denault and Patrick Tiernan Named to Academic All-Area Track & Field Team
Senior distance runners Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) and Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) were each named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team for track & field in an announcement made on Friday morning. Both student-athletes also earned the honor for cross country back in the fall. The Academic All-Area teams in each sport are voted on by the sports information directors at the Philadelphia area colleges and universities, and take into account both academic and athletic achievements.
Patrick Tiernan Earns First Team All-America Honors in 5000 Meters
The list of All-Americans for the outdoor track & field season was announced on Monday afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and Villanova had three athletes garner All-America honors. Senior distance runner Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) earned first team All-America recognition in the 5000 meters, while senior Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Ben Malone (River Vale, N.J.) were second team and honorable mention selections, respectively, in the 1500 meters.
Patrick Tiernan Finishes Third in 5000 Meters at NCAA Championships
Senior distance runner Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) had the lead for much of the race and still had something left in the tank to close strong and finish third in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Championships on Friday night. This is the best career NCAA finish on the track either indoors or outdoors for Tiernan, who scored in the 5000 meters outdoors with a top-eight finish for the second time in three years. Senior middle distance runner Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) ran in the final of the 1500 meters at Hayward Field and registered a ninth place finish.
Jordy Williamsz Advances to Final of 1500 Meters at NCAA Championships
Middle distance runners Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) and Ben Malone (River Vale, N.J.) were on the track for Villanova in the semifinal heats of the 1500 meters as the NCAA Championships got underway at Hayward Field on Wednesday afternoon. Both runners finished sixth in their respective heats and Williamsz advanced on time to Friday evening’s final, where he will compete for the national title in the 1500 meters for the third consecutive season. Malone, who came on strong this season to earn his first individual qualifying spot at the NCAA meet, had an incredible final lap but came up just short of moving on to the final by the most miniscule of margins.
Tiernan, Malone and Williamsz Head to NCAA Championships This Week
A trio of Villanova distance runners are headed to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week, as senior Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia), senior Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) and sophomore Ben Malone (River Vale, N.J.) will compete at the national meet in Eugene, Ore. beginning on Wednesday afternoon. Tiernan is a qualifier for the NCAA Championships in the 5000 meters for the third straight year, while Williamsz and Malone will each compete in the 1500 meters. Williamsz is also returning to the national championships for a third straight season, while Malone qualified as an individual for the NCAA meet for the first time.
Tiernan, Malone and Williamsz All Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships
Villanova had three runners in competition at the NCAA East Preliminary on Saturday night and all three punched tickets to the national championships in Oregon next month by advancing out of their respective heats at Hodges Stadium. Sophomore Ben Malone (River Vale, N.J.) and senior Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) were each automatic qualifiers for the NCAA meet in the 1500 meters and senior Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) was an automatic qualifier in the 5000 meters.
Malone and Williamsz Advance in 1500 Meters at NCAA East Preliminary
Sophomore Ben Malone (River Vale, N.J.) and senior Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) each advanced in the 1500 meters during competition in the national first round heats of the event at the NCAA East Preliminary on Thursday evening. Both runners were automatic qualifiers for the quarterfinal round by finishing in the top five of their respective heats at Hodges Stadium. Freshman Ville Lampinen (Vantaa, Finland) was also in action for the Wildcats in the first round of the 800 meters later on Thursday.
Men's Track & Field Qualifies Four for NCAA East Preliminary
The accepted entries for the NCAA East Preliminary were revealed on Thursday afternoon and Villanova has four men’s track & field athletes headed to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete in the early rounds of the national championships next week. This is the third straight year that the East Preliminary meet will head to Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus. The meet takes place next Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28.