Villanova competed on the first day of the NCAA East Preliminary on May 24, 2018 in Tampa, Fla.
Villanova competed in the women's 800 meters and the men's distance medley relay at the indoor NCAA Championships.
Villanova won its seventh indoor BIG EAST title in Staten Island, N.Y. on February 24, 2018.
Villanova competed on the first day of the BIG EAST Championships at Ocean Breeze on February 23, 2018.
Villanova competed in the Championship of America DMR and several other events at the Penn Relays on April 28, 2017.
2017-18 Indoor: First team All-American in the distance medley relay ... BIG EAST champion in the 400 meters and the 4x400 meter relay ... Ran the 800 meter leg of the distance medley relay twice during the season, first to help Villanova earn a bid to the NCAA Championships and later at the NCAA meet ... Had a split of 1:49.51 at the national championships as the Wildcats earned first team All-America honors with an eighth place finish and a time of 9:35.49 ... He previously had a split of 1:49.57 at the UCS Invitational in North Carolina, where Villanova came in third in the DMR with a time of 9:37.30 and later had the time converted due to the flat-track venue ... Won the BIG EAST title in the 400 meters with a winning time of 47.49 in the final ... Ranked third in the preliminary heats with a time of 48.85 before lowering his time by more than a second in the final ... His conference title matches the one he captured in the 400 meters as a freshman outdoors in 2016 and marked the fifth straight conference meet in which he has finished in the top-three of the 400 meters ... Ran the third leg of the team's conference champion 4x400 meter relay ... Villanova won the relay with a time of 3:12.84, with Purcell posting a split of 47.65 for his leg of the race ... Named BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week on January 16 after he won the 600 meters in 1:17.85 at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... The mark was the fastest in the country at the time of the race and is the second-fastest in Villanova history ... Also competed in the 4x400 relay at the Nittany Lion Challenge, running the third leg of the relay for a squad which finished third with a time of 3:13.38 ... Recorded a personal best time of 1:02.35 in the 500 meters at the Columbia Challenge, where he finished second in the college section of the event ... The time puts him ninth on the Wildcats all-time performance list in the 500 meters ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay for a team which finished third at the Columbia meet in 3:15.98 ... Won the 400 meters in 47.80 at the Villanova Invitational, and anchored the 4x400 relay squad to a third place finish with a time of 3:18.68 ... Opened the season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational and tallied a first place finish in the 500 meters with a time of 1:03.39.
2017 Outdoor: Had a strong season of competition which included earning All-BIG EAST honors in the 400 meters and the 4x400 meter relay, in addition to a pair of strong performances at the Penn Relays ... Runner-up in the 400 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 47.57 in the final ... Was also second in the preliminary heats with a time of 48.23 before lowering that time to his best collegiate mark in the final ... Anchored the Wildcats to a third place finish and a time of 3:16.85 in the 4x400 relay ... Had a split of 48.99 on the anchor leg of the relay ... Ran the 400 meter leg of the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays, where his split of 46.77 was a a career best ... Villanova finished fifth in the DMR with a time of 9:34.59 and was fourth in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 7:21.18 at the Penn Relays ... Was timed in 1:49.62 on the second leg of the 4x800 relay ... Opened the outdoor season at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, where he came in ninth in the 400 meters in 48.19 and ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay for a Villanova lineup which recorded a season-best time of 3:15.09 ... Finished third in the 400 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational (47.58).
2017 Indoor: First team All-American in the distance medley relay for the second straight year ... Ran the 400 meter leg of the DMR at the NCAA Championships and had a split of 48.17 ... Villanova finished eighth in the relay at the national meet with a time of 9:39.38 ... Also was part of the Wildcats effort to qualify for the NCAA Championships ... Ran the 400 meter leg of the DMR with a split of 48.05 at the UCS Invitational ... Villanova finished in third place with a time of 9:37.90 in that race, which was held on a flat track in Winston-Salem, N.C. ... Was the BIG EAST runner-up in the 400 meters and earned All-BIG EAST honors in the event for the second straight year ... Recorded a time of 48.22 in the final after leading the field of competitors with a time of 48.48 in the preliminary heats ... Began his indoor season at the Nittany Lion Challenge, where he came in fourth in the 600 meters with a time of 1:18.86 and also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay for a team which finished fifth in 3:18.09 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay in a third place finish at the Villanova Open (3:19.32), in addition to coming in third in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.66 at that meet ... Finished fourth in the 800 meters (1:51.55) at the Villanova Invitational, and was also part of a relay quartet which won the 4x400 relay in 3:15.83.
2016 Outdoor: Won an individual BIG EAST title in the 400 meters and also was a part of the Wildcats conference champion 4x400 meter relay squad ... Posted a season-best time of 48.11 in the preliminary heats of the 400 meters and was in first place entering the final ... Defended his position by winning the final in 48.66 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay and helped Villanova post a winning time of 3:15.14 ... Ran the 400 meter leg of the distance medley relay and had a split of 47.92 at the Penn Relays ... Villanova finished fifth in the relay with a time of 9:39.10 ... Ran the 400 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational and finished third with a time of 47.82.
2016 Indoor: Earned first team All-America honors as part of the Wildcats team for the distance medley relay at the NCAA Championships ... Ran the 400 meter leg of the relay with a split of 48.32 and Villanova tallied a sixth place finish with a time of 9:34.30 ... During the season ran on two other DMR squads that posted the fourth and seventh fastest indoor times in the relay in school history ... Ran the 400 meter leg of the relay at the BIG EAST Championships, where the Wildcats runner-up time of 9:29.17 is the fourth-fastest indoors in the Villanova record book ... Also ran the 400 meter leg at the FastTrack National Invite, where the team's winning time of 9:30.66 is seventh on the Villanova performance list ... Helped the Wildcats win their third straight team title at the BIG EAST Championships ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors individually in the 400 meters as well as in the DMR and the 4x400 meter relay ... Placed second in the 400 meters with a time of 48.14 in the final after leading the field with a time of 47.98 in the preliminary heats ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay which finished second overall with a time of 3:14.67 ... Made his collegiate debut at the Villanova Open and led off the 4x400 meter relay which finished sixth in 3:19.54 ... Won the 800 meters at the Great Dane Classic with a time of 1:50.43 in his first collegiate individual race ... Anchored the 4x400 relay squad to a runner-up finish with a time of 3:14.01 at the Penn State National ... Also came in 13th in the invitational section of the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.07 at the Penn State meet.
Castleknock College Secondary School: Competed in the 400 meters and the 800 meters ... One of his coaches was Villanova track & field legend Eamonn Coghlan ... Named his school's Sports Person of the Year in 2014 ... Set the All-Ireland Schools record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.42 in 2014 ... Two-time All-Ireland Schools first team performer in the 400 meters (2013, 2014) and also earned the honor once in the 800 meters (2014) ... Holds the top times in the history of the Irish Schools Championships in both the 400 meters and the 800 meters ... Was part of a 4x400 meter relay team which finished sixth at the Senior European Indoor Championships in Prague, Czech Republic in 2015 ... Also came in 10th at the European Junior Championships in Sweden in 2015 ... Was the Irish Junior indoor 800 meters champion in 2014 and 2015, as well as the Irish Junior outdoor 800 meters champion in 2015 ... Outside of track & field, also played rugby, gaelic football, hurling, golf and tennis ... Winner of the Meath Young Sports Person of the Year Award in 2014 ... Member of the Meath Minor Gaelic Football Team in 2013 and the underage Meath Hurling and Gaelic Football teams from 2010-13 ... Captain for his Trim GAA club which won the u16 County Gaelic Football Championship in 2012 ... Won the Junior Captains prize at his local golf club in 2011.
Personal: Born 1/13/96 in Dublin, Ireland ... One of three children of Pat and Patricia Purcell ... Has a twin sister, Jennifer, and a younger brother, Hugo (15) ... Hobbies include playing golf, water sports, mountain biking and listening to music ... Chose to attend Villanova for its athletic and academic resources, as well as the Irish pipeline to the track & field program ... Liberal Arts major.
400 Meters (relay) 46.77 2017 Penn Relays
400 Meters (open) 47.33 High School
500 Meters 1:02.35 2018 Columbia Challenge
600 Meters 1:17.85 2018 Nittany Lion Challenge 800 Meters 1:49.42 High School
CAREER AWARDS (INDOOR TRACK)
All-American (First Team) 2016, 2017, 2018 (Distance Medley Relay)
BIG EAST Champion 2018 (400 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion 2018 (4x400 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2016, 2017, 2018 (400 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2016, 2018 (4x400 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (Distance Medley Relay)
BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week 2018: January 8-14
CAREER AWARDS (OUTDOOR TRACK)
BIG EAST Champion 2016 (400 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion 2016 (4x400 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2016, 2017 (400 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2016, 2017 (4x400 Meter Relay)
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
400 Meters 1st 2016 Outdoor, 2018 Indoor
4x400 Meter Relay 1st 2016 Outdoor, 2018 Indoor
400 Meters 2nd 2016 Indoor, 2017 Indoor
400 Meters 2nd 2017 Outdoor
4x400 Meter Relay 2nd 2016 Indoor
Distance Medley Relay 2nd 2016 Indoor
4x400 Meter Relay 3rd 2017 Outdoor
400 Meters 5th 2018 Outdoor