Ellison leads Villanova to first 4x800 title since 1992 and program's 95th title overall
Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; team wins title by more than 30 points
Tiernan ran the nation's second-leading time in the 5000 meters; DMR now ranks fifth in the country
Villanova also received All-Academic Team recognition
McEntee moves up two spots from last year's finish to wrap up outdoor season
Villanova finished strong and earned a second place finish in the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays on April 25.
On McEntee: One of 36 sub-four minute milers in school history ... During his Villanova career was a six-time All-American, four-time BIG EAST champion and 12-time All-BIG EAST performer spanning the cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons ... Was both a Penn Relays and Millrose Games champion ... His personal best time of 3:36.81 in the 1500 meters was the 10th fastest time in NCAA history at the time of the race (May 14, 2012 - Swarthmore Last Chance Meet) ... Had an equally impressive list of academic accomplishments and was chosen as the 2014-15 BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports ... Was a seven-time selection to national All-Academic teams by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
2015 Outdoor: Led off the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays and helped Villanova win the Championship of America title in the event ... Produced a split of 4:02.00 for the opening leg of the relay and the Wildcats eventually tallied a winning time of 16:18.07 ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 5000 meters with a runner-up finish and a time of 14:39.49 ... Posted a season-best time of 3:43.50 in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he placed 10th overall ... Competed in the national first round heats of the 1500 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary ... Placed sixth in his heat and 32nd overall with a time of 3:50.68.
2014 Cross Country: Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the fourth straight year and became the fifth person in program history to be a four-time all-region honoree ... Also garnered All-BIG EAST recognition for the third time in his career ... Finished third on the team at both the NCAA Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Placed 57th overall at the national meet and was seventh overall at the regional meet to help Villanova defend its Mid-Atlantic Regional title ... Was part of a 1-2-3 sweep by the Wildcats at the BIG EAST Championships, where he finished in second place and helped the team repeat as conference champions ... Helped lead Villanova to its second straight team title at the Princeton Invitational with a ninth place overall finish (third on the team) ... Made his season debut at the Paul Short Run and was the second runner for the Wildcats while coming in sixth overall.
2014 Outdoor: Advanced to the national quarterfinal round in the 1500 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary ... Placed sixth in his heat and 13th overall in the national quarterfinals with a time of 3:46.05 ... Came in fourth in his national first round heat and was 14th overall in the first round at the NCAA East Preliminary to earn an automatic qualifying spot in the quarterfinals ... Posted a time of 3:46.30 in the first round heats ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 5000 meters with a runner-up finish and a time of 14:22.13 at the BIG EAST Championships ... Opened the season by winning the 1500 meters at the Delaware Open, where he registered a time of 3:59.57 ... Came in fourth overall at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:43.33), where his time ranked as his fourth-fastest in a collegiate race ... Led off both the distance medley relay and the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays ... Villanova finished second in the DMR with a time of 9:28.93 and third in the 4xMile relay with a time of 16:19.98.
2014 Indoor: Second team All-American in the distance medley relay and also successfully defended his BIG EAST title in the 3000 meters ... At the BIG EAST Championships contributed to the Wildcats capturing the team title by winning the 3000 meters (8:10.52) and finishing third in the 5000 meters (14:12.91) ... His 5000 meters time was a personal best and his third place finish garnered him All-BIG EAST honors in the event ... Ran his first race of the indoor season at the Penn State National and finished fourth in the Invitational section of the 3000 meters with a time of 8:02.07 ... Anchored the distance medley relay at both the NCAA Championships and the Iowa State Classic ... Villanova finished ninth at the NCAA meet with a time of 9:51.63 and tallied a first place finish at the Iowa State meet in 9:35.08.
2013 Cross Country: Helped lead Villanova to team titles at both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the BIG EAST Championships ... Was second in the Wildcats lineup at each of the three postseason meets ... Earned All-America honors for the first time in cross country ... Received All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades for the third straight year and All-BIG EAST recognition for the second time ... Set personal best times on both 8,000 meter and 10,000 meter courses ... Finished 27th overall at the NCAA Championships with a time of 30:36.7 ... Individual runner-up at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a personal best 10K time of 29:44 ... Came in fourth at the BIG EAST Championships (24:17) ... Helped Villanova win the team title at the Princeton Invitational, where his time of 23:50 was a personal best (8K) and placed him fifth overall out of 272 runners ... Finished in 13th place at the Chile Pepper Festival ... Opened the season with a 15th place finish at the 6,000 meter Friend Big Five Invitational (19:09.18) ... Finished third out of 122 runners at the Main Line Invitational with a time of 19:25.05 on the four-mile course.
2013 Outdoor: First team All-American in the 1500 meters ... Came in seventh in the finals at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:51.35 ... Improved upon a second team All-America finish from one year earlier ... In the national semifinals at the NCAA meet had the third-fastest time out of 24 runners (3:41.32) ... Was an automatic qualifier through each round national round ... Came in second in the national first round (3:47.37) and eighth in the quarterfinals (3:48.06) at the NCAA East Regional to earn a return trip to the NCAA Championships ... Secured his spot in the national meets with a time of 3:44.69 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, where he was first out of 74 runners ... Opened the outdoor season with a time of 3:44.53 at the Larry Ellis Invitational, placing second out of 60 competitors in that race ... Came in fifth in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 14:33.37 ... Led off the distance medley relay and anchored the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays ... Villanova was runner-up in the DMR and finished third in the 4x800 relay.
2013 Indoor: Earned first team All-America honors by leading Villanova to a fifth place finish in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Championships ... Anchored the Wildcats DMR squad at both the Alex Wilson Invitational as well as the NCAA meet ... At the national championships Villanova posted a time of 9:35.46 to come in fifth out of 12 teams ... Helped lead the Wildcats to a time of 9:30.47 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, which clinched the team's berth to the national meet ... BIG EAST individual champion in the 3000 meters ... Came in first of 26 at the conference meet with a time of 8:03.95 ... Also came in fifth in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships (14:22.43) ... Recorded a personal best time in the 3000 meters at the Husky Classic, where he crossed the finish line in 7:54.34 and came in eight out of 20 runners in the first invitational section ... Opened the season by winning the invitational section of the 3000 meters at the Penn State National (8:08.39).
2012 Cross Country: Individual runner-up at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, receiving All-Mid Atlantic Region honors and helping Villanova capture an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... Posted a career best 10K cross country time of 30:34 at the regional meet ... Top runner for the Wildcats in each of the first four races he finished and was the team's third finisher at the NCAA Championships ... Came in 150th at the national meet with a time of 31:06.6 over 10,000 meters ... Finished in 17th place at the BIG EAST Championships (25:04.13) ... Helped the Wildcats capture the team title at the Paul Short Run with a fourth place finish and a time of 24:13 ... Began the season as the individual runner-up at the Main Line Invitational, where he came in second overall with a four-mile time of 19:13.50.
2012 Outdoor: Highlighted his season by running the 10th fastest time in the 1500 meters in the history of NCAA outdoor competition ... He ran a time of 3:36.81 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet in May and also shattered his previous personal best with that mark ... Went on to earn second team All-America honors in the 1500 meters with a ninth place finish in the finals at the NCAA Championships ... Automatic qualifier from the national first round at the NCAA East Regional all the way through the national championship race ... His time of 3:42.73 in the semifinal heats at the NCAA Championships was his second-fastest of the season ... Also ran 3:46.37 in the national first round, 3:46.41 in the finals and 3:46.73 in the national quarterfinal heats ... Opened his outdoor season with a third place finish in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:45.15) ... BIG EAST individual champion in the 5000 meters with a personal best time of 14:19.75 ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay squad to a fourth place finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 relay and anchored the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays.
2012 Indoor: Ran the first sub-four minute Mile of his career at the Penn State National, becoming the 34th Villanova to accomplish the feat and the 10th under head coach Marcus O'Sullivan ... Crossed the finish line in 3:57.86 and finished third in the invitational section of the Mile at the Penn State meet ... Went on to earn first team All-America and All-BIG EAST honors in the Mile during the season ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships and came in fourth in the finals at the NCAA meet with a time of 4:01.91 ... Moved up two spots after ranking sixth in the preliminary heats in 4:06.47 ... At the BIG EAST meet ran a time of 4:10.90 in the preliminaries and was in first place entering the finals for the second straight year ... Lowered his time nearly five full seconds in the finals to 4:05.92 and came in second overall ... Won the 3000 meters in a personal best time of 8:13.93 at the Great Dane Classic to open his indoor season ... Led Villanova to a title at the Millrose Games by anchoring the distance medley relay squad which finished with a time of 9:38.02 ... Also a BIG EAST champion in the 4x800 meter relay after running the third leg of the relay at the conference championships.
2011 Cross Country: Broke into the team's lineup midway through the season and was a scoring runner at all three postseason meets ... Finished third on the team at both the NCAA Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Placed 77th at the national meet and earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for a 16th place finish at the regional meet ... His 10K time of 30:38 at the national championships was 21 seconds faster than in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional race ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors with an 11th place finish at the conference meet, where he was fourth on the team with a time of 23:54.1 to help lead the Wildcats to the team title ... Ran as part of the Villanova lineup for the first time at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and was the team's third runner, coming in 83rd out of 270 competitors (24:44) ... Competed as an unattached runner in two meets earlier in the season ... Placed third out of 85 runners at the Main Line Invitational with a four-mile time of 19:35.91 in his collegiate cross country debut ... Individual winner of the Men's Open race at the Paul Short Run with an 8K time of 25:25.
2011 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached runner at the Larry Ellis Invitational and recorded a time of 3:47.77 in the 1500 meters ... Came in fifth in his section and seventh overall with that time ... Also ran in the 1500 meters at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet and posted a time of 3:43.34 to finish in fourth place.
2011 Indoor: Placed sixth at the BIG EAST Championships in the Mile with a time of 4:10.61 in the finals ... He stood first overall after the preliminaries with a mark of 4:11.42 ... Made his Villanova debut at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, where he posted a time of 4:09.84 to finish in third place ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova place second with a time of 7:28.28.
Personal: Born 2/3/92 in Melbourne, Australia ... One of four children of Peter and Karen McEntee ... Siblings are Alysha, Maddison and Chantel ... Mathematics and Economics major.
1500 METERS EQUIVALENT
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters (Relay) 1:49.60 2012 Penn Relays 1500 Meters 3:36.81 2012 Swarthmore Last Chance Meet Mile 3:57.86 2012 Penn State National 3000 Meters 7:54.34 2013 Husky Classic 5000 Meters 14:12.91 2014 BIG EAST Championships
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
8000 Meters 23:50 2013 Princeton Invitational 10000 Meters 29:44 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-American 2013 All-Mid Atlantic Region 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 All-BIG EAST 2011, 2013, 2014
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2012 (Mile) All-American (First Team) 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-American (Second Team) 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2013, 2014 (3000 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2011 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014 (3000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2014 (5000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2011, 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay) Millrose Games Champion 2012 (Distance Medley Relay) Sub-Four Minute Mile (first career) 2012 (Penn State National) (3:57.86)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2013 (1500 Meters) All-American (Second Team) 2012 (1500 Meters)
Penn Relays Champion 2015 (4xMile Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2012 (5000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2014, 2015 (5000 Meters)
CAREER AWARDS (Academic)
BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2014-15
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2012, 2013 (Cross Country) USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 (Track) Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team 2013, 2014 (Cross Country) Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team 2012 (Track) BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15