Wildcats are runners-up in 4x800 meter relay, finish third in 4xMile relay
Villanova opened competition at Penn Relays on Friday afternoon
Wildcats wrapped up two days of competition at local meet on Saturday afternoon
Fifth place finish in distance medley relay highlighted results at indoor championships
Excellent performance lifts Wildcats four spots higher than their seed
Villanova men's track & field opened competition at the Penn Relays on April 26, 2013.
On FitzSimons: Comes off a very successful season and is poised for another big upcoming year ... Valuable contributor for the Wildcats in the relays and also continues to make big strides in his individual events ... Steady BIG EAST scorer who will be counted on as a contributor in meets this season.
2013 Outdoor: Came in first in the 800 meters at the Widner Invitational with a time of 1:50.58 ... Paced a field of 72 runners in that race ... Ran in the Invitational section of the 800 meters at the Virginia Challenge and placed eighth in 1:53.54 ... Competed on the third leg of both the distance medley relay and the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays ... Villanova was the runner-up in both races with times of 7:17.37 in the 4x800 relay and 9:26.80 in the DMR ... Ran the second leg of the DMR at the Colonial Relays, where the Wildcats were second with a time of 9:56.03 ... Also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Colonial Relays ... Villanova finished fifth in that race witha time of 3:17.58.
2013 Indoor: First team All-American in the distance medley relay and individual BIG EAST champion in the 800 meters ... Ran the third leg of the DMR at both the Alex Wilson Invitational and the NCAA Championships ... Villanova came in fifth at the national meet with a time of 9:35.46 to earn first team All-America honors ... One week before the NCAA Championships the same DMR squad posted a time of 9:30.47 at the Alex Wilson Invitational to secure their spot at the national meet ... Posted a time of 1:51.56 in the finals of the BIG EAST Championships to claim his first career individual conference title ... Also won his preliminary heat in 1:51.79 a day earlier ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the BIG EAST meet and the Wildcats came in fourth with a time of 3:13.22 ... Runner-up in the Championship section of the 800 meters at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (1:49.86) ... Finished third out of 26 competitors in the 1000 meters at the Great Dane Classic and recorderd a personal best time of 2:25.83.
2012 Cross Country: Redshirted.
2012 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 800 meters ... Came in 26th in the national first round with a time of 1:50.90 at the regional meet ... Posted his top collegiate time of 1:48.91 in a fourth place finish at the Virginia Challenge to secure his spot in the East Regional ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors for a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... Lowered his time from 1:52.51 in the preliminary heats to 1:51.24 in the finals ... Came in second at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (1:51.07), finished sixth out of 78 runners at the Colonial Relays (1:52.49) and came in 22nd at the Larry Ellis Invitational (1:52.00) ... Won the 1500 meters at the Widener Invitational (3:51.67) and came in 14th out of 117 runners at the Danny Curran Invitational (4:01.83) ... Ran the third leg of the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays.
2012 Indoor: Helped lead Villanova to a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay and a Millrose Games championship in the distance medley relay ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST meet as the Wildcats won with a time of 7:27.91 ... Competed on the third leg of the DMR at the Millrose Games and Villanova finished first in 9:38.02 ... Individually came in fifth in the 800 meters (1:54.13) at the BIG EAST Championships ... Recorded the second-fastest time (1:54.12) in the BIG EAST preliminary heats ... Finished seventh in the invitational section (1:51.06) at the Penn State National ... Came in 21st in the 1000 meters in 2:40.92 at the Great Dane Classic ... Ran the third leg of the distance medley relay in a first place finish at the NYC Gotham Cup (10:13.58) and a fourth place finish in the invitational section of the Penn State meet (9:48.64).
2011 Cross Country: Finished in 42nd place as an unattached runner at the Main Line Invitational ... Had a time of 21:23 on the four-mile course ... Lowered that mark to 20:53 at the Haverford Invitational on the same course and came in 20th out of 110 runners.
2011 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Won the 800 meters as an unattached runner at the Widener Invitational, with a winning time of 1:53.37 ... Had his top time of the season at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, where he crossed the finish line in 1:49.91 as an unattached entry ... Placed fourth out of 69 runners in that race.
2011 Indoor: Placed third in the 1000 meters at the Albany Great Dane Invitational with a time of 2:27.52.
2010 Cross Country: Redshirted ... Ran unattached on the four-mile course at Haverford College for the Main Line Invitational and came in 44th with a time of 21:43.27 in his first collegiate race.
Hamden High School: Anchored the winning 4x800 and distance medley relay teams at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals ... Placed third in the 800 meters at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships ... His personal best in the 800 meters is a Connecticut state record ... Connecticut Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Personal: Born 8/8/92 ... One of two sons of Tom and Mary Sue Fitzsimons ... Has a brother, Tom ... Majoring in Communication.
800 Meters (Relay) 1:47.15 High School 800 Meters (Open) 1:48.83 High School 1000 Meters 2:25.83 2013 Great Dane Classic 1500 Meters 3:51.67 2012 Widener Invitational
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2013 (800 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013 (800 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay) Millrose Games Champion 2012 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2012 (800 Meters)