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
Wildcats are runners-up in 4x800 meter relay, finish third in 4xMile relay
Villanova opened competition at Penn Relays on Friday afternoon
Villanova duo ran at Princeton on Friday night
Villanova men's track & field opened competition at the Penn Relays on April 26, 2013.
On Williamsz: Terrific talent who emerged as one of the team's top runners during his first collegiate season ... Still has room to continue growing and is expected to make an impact on the national level during the coming year ... Will be among the top returnees to both the cross country and track squads.
2013 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 1500 meters and advanced to the national quarterfinals in the event ... Also earned All-BIG EAST honors and was the conference runner-up in the 1500 meters ... In the national first round was an automatic qualifier with a time of 3:47.95 and moved on to the national quarterfinals, where he came in 16th in 3:48.15 ... Posted a time of 3:47.83 in the finals at the BIG EAST Championships ... During the preliminary heats he led a field of 26 runners with a time of 3:53.57 ... First place finisher in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a time of 3:44.43 ... Only team member who competed on all three relays at the Penn Relays ... Anchored the distance medley relay team to a runner-up finish (9:26.80) and ran the second leg of the second-place 4x800 meter relay (7:17.37) ... Also ran the second leg of the 4xMile relay and Villanova came in third with a time of 16:18.53 ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the distance medley relay as the Wildcats won the relay at the Colonial Relays (9:56.02).
2013 Indoor: First team All-American and a BIG EAST champion in the distance medley relay ... Led off the DMR at both the Alex Wilson Invitational and the NCAA Championships ... Villanova finished fifth at the national meet with a time of 9:35.46 to earn All-America accolades ... At the Alex Wilson meet the team's time of 9:30.47 secured the NCAA Championships berth and was good for a ninth place finish ... Anchored the distance medley relay squad to a conference winning time of 9:47.59 at the BIG EAST Championships ... Scored team points individually at the conference meet and received All-BIG EAST honors by finishing third in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:04.77 ... Earlier in the season was the runner-up in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:18.71 at the Great Dane Classic ... Set a personal best time in the Mile with a mark of 4:00.12 at the Husky Classic, where he came in seventh in the second invitational section of the race.
2012 Cross Country: Made his collegiate debut at the Paul Short Run and instantly became one of the Wildcats top contributors ... Went on to earn All-Mid Atlantic Region honors and help Villanova secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... Finished in fourth place overall and was second on the team at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a time of 30:36 ... Was the fourth counting runner for the Wildcats at the NCAA Championships, where he placed 161st in 31:12.8 ... Came in fourth on the team with an 8K time of 25:19.83 and was 26th overall at the BIG EAST Championships ... Third counting runner for Villanova in each of his first two meets at the Paul Short Run and the Pre-NCAA Meet ... Came in ninth at the Paul Short Run (24:23) and 57th at the Pre-NCAA Meet (24:06.0).
Haileybury College High School: Advanced to the World Youth semifinals ... Australian champion in the 800 meters, 1500 meters and 3000 meters and was the runner-up in cross country.
Personal: Born 8/21/92 ... One of two children of Craig and Deidre Williamsz ... Has a sister, Laura ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and has yet to declare a major.
800 Meters 1:47.34 High School 1500 Meters 3:36.74 High School Mile 4:00.12 2013 Husky Classic 3000 Meters 8:13.71 High School 8000 Meters (XC) 24:06.0 2012 Pre-NCAA Meet 10000 Meters (XC) 30:36 2012 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2012
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013 (3000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2013 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2013 (1500 Meters)