Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; team wins title by more than 30 points
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
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.
2014 Indoor: First team All-American and the BIG EAST champion in the Mile ... Even before those performances had stood out on the national scene after recording a time of 3:56.84 in a first place finish at the Iowa State Classic ... That was the first official sub-four minute mile of his career and the fastest time by a Villanova runner since Wildcats head coach Marcus O'Sullivan ran faster during his own racing career ... Williamsz is now part of the group of 36 elite runners from Villanova who have run a sub-four minute mile during their careers and he is one of just 13 from the group to have a time as fast as his mark at Iowa State ... Ranked second in the nation during the regular season with that time ... Came in eighth in the final at the NCAA Championships with a time of 4:04.79 running at altitude in New Mexico ... Lowered his time from 4:10.18 in the preliminary heats, when he was 12th overall but made a furious charge in the home stretch to finish fourth in his heat and earn an automatic spot in the final ... Won the BIG EAST title with a winning time of 4:08.90 ... Was second overall in the preliminaries at the conference meet with a time of 4:13.31 ... Anchored the distance medley relay at the Boston University Last Chance Meet ... Helped the Wildcats win the relay with a time of 9:28.06 to earn the DMR squad a berth in the NCAA Championships ... Opened his indoor season at the Penn State National, where he finished second individually in the Invitational section of the Mile (4:00.18) and also led off the DMR which finished third in the Invitational section with a time of 9:36.89.
2013 Cross Country: Was a fixture in the lineup for a Villanova squad that won team titles at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Earned All-BIG EAST and All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades ... Set personal best times for both an 8,000 meter course (23:50) and a 10,000 meter course (30:10) ... Came in 10th overall (30:10) at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional to help the Wildcats wrap up a team bid to the NCAA Championships for a program-record seventh consecutive season ... Came in 11th at the BIG EAST Championships (24:34) ... Helped lead Villanova to the team title at the Princeton Invitational with a fourth place overall finish (23:50) out of 272 runners ... Was the second scoring runner for the Wildcats at both the Princeton meet and the Chili Pepper Festival in Arkansas, where he finished eighth in 24:37.8 ... Opened the season at the Friend Big Five Invitational and was the individual winner with a 6,000 meters time of 18:50.95 ... Finished as the runner-up at the four-mile Main Line Invitational (19:21.24).
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.
1500 METERS EQUIVALENT
800 Meters 1:47.34 High School 1500 Meters 3:36.74 High School Mile 3:56.84 2014 Iowa State Classic 3000 Meters 8:13.71 High School 8000 Meters (XC) 23:50 2013 Princeton Invitational 10000 Meters (XC) 30:10 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2012, 2013 All-BIG EAST 2013
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-American (First Team) 2014 (Mile) BIG EAST Champion 2014 (Mile) BIG EAST Champion 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2014 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2013 (3000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2013 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2013 (1500 Meters)