Villanova senior will receive a $2,000 scholarship which can be applied to graduate studies
Villanova senior lowers personal best by nine seconds, approached school record in sensational race
Villanova freshman records 12th fastest time in meet history at national championships
Ellison leads Villanova to first 4x800 title since 1992 and program's 95th title overall
Villanova won its third straight team title at the indoor BIG EAST Championships.
Villanova competed on the first night of the BIG EAST Championships on February 28, 2015 at the New York Armory.
2016 Cross Country: NCAA individual champion ... All-American ... NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional champion for the third time ... BIG EAST individual champion for the fourth straight year ... Named the National Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) ... Second men's athlete in school history to be the NCAA champion in cross country ... First men's runner from Villanova to be a four-time cross country All-American ... First athlete - men's or women's - in BIG EAST history to win the conference cross country title four times ... Also the eighth Wildcats runner to be a four-time Mid-Atlantic All-Region honoree ... Concluded his incredible collegiate career with 13 wins in 21 cross country starts ... Won all three of his races as a senior ... Produced a winning time of 29:22.0 and a margin of victory of just over five seconds on the 10000 meter course at the national championships ... Finished first at both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the BIG EAST Championships by margins of more than 10 seconds ... Won the regional meet with a 10K time of 30:32.1 and notched his third career victory and second in a row at that meet ... Cruised to his fourth straight BIG EAST victory with a winning time of 24:18.2 over 8000 meters ... Won at the conference meet for the fourth straight year and on a fourth straight different course.
2016 International Competition: Was named to the Australia Olympic Team on July 13 and will compete in the 5000 meters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in August ... Finished in fourth place in the 5000 meters with a time of 13:41.37 at the Australian Athletics Championships on March 31 ... Later qualified for the Olympics when he posted a personal best time of 13:20.88 at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland on June 29 ... Solidified his spot on the Australia team when he notched a first place finish at the British Milers Grand Prix in Solihull, England on July 9 ... Also competed during the summer at the Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland (3:45.15 in the 1500 meters) and the Kuortane Games in Kuortane, Finland (7:54.12 in the 3000 meters).
2016 Outdoor: Registered the best finish by a Villanova athlete at the outdoor NCAA Championships in eight years when he finished third in the 5000 meters ... Was a first team All-American in the 5000 meters for the second time in his career, and earned his third outdoor All-America honor in the event overall ... Recorded a time of 13:27.07 in his race at the NCAA Championships, which was the second-fastest time of his career at the time of the race ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships after posting a time of 14:10.26 to finish fifth overall at the NCAA East Preliminary ... Won his third consecutive BIG EAST title with a winning time of 14:12.53 at the conference championships ... Recorded a then-personal best time of 13:25.78 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in his first race of the outdoor season ... The time is the second-fastest run in school history.
2016 Indoor: Made headlines for his success despite running only three races during the season ... Individual BIG EAST champion in both the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters ... His performance marked the third straight year he has won the 5000 meters at the indoor BIG EAST Championships ... Earned All-BIG EAST accolades in both the 3K and the 5K for the third straight year ... His winning times were 8:13.16 and 14:03.53, respectively ... Named the Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet for his double wins ... Earlier in the season won the invitational section of the 3000 meters with a personal best time of 7:48.55 at the FastTrack National Invite ... His time is the second-fastest in school history and trails only the Villanova record of 7:47.50 set by Adrian Blincoe in 2002 ... Tiernan is the Wildcats only runner since then to come within 2.5 seconds of Blincoe's record ... He was named the BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week following that race.
2015 Cross Country: Named an All-American for the third straight year and became only the third Villanova runner to be a three-time cross country All-American ... His runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships was the best by a Wildcats athlete in more than 40 years ... Became the first male runner in BIG EAST history to win three consecutive individual conference titles ... Selected as the Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year for the second time in his career ... Won five of his six races during the season and set school records on both 8,000 meter and 10,000 meter courses ... Set the 10K school record with a time of 29:11.1 at the NCAA Championships and came in second overall in the race to lead a group of three Villanova individuals who qualified for the national meet ... One of only four Wildcats to finish in the top two individually at the NCAA Championships and the first since 1970 ... Won his second career title at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a time of 30:15.8 ... Won his third straight BIG EAST crown with a winning time of 22:23.2 over 8,000 meters ... His margins of victory at the Mid-Atlantic Regional and the BIG EAST meet were each greater than 20 seconds ... Has won the last three BIG EAST titles at three different courses ... One of three BIG EAST athletes ever -- all Villanovans, including Tiernan and women's runners Sheila Reid and Vicki Huber -- to be the conference's individual cross country champion three times ... Opened the season by finishing first out of 150 runners at the Main Line Invitational, where he posted a four-mile time of 19:16 ... Won the 8,000 meter Paul Short Run in 23:55 and was named the BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week for that performance ... Led a 1-2-3 finish by the Wildcats at the Princeton Invitational with a winning time of 23:53.0.
2015 Outdoor: Earned All-America honors and defended his conference title in the 5000 meters ... Also helped the Wildcats win a Penn Relays title in the 4xMile relay ... Advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 5000 meters and registered a 10th place finish at the national meet ... Recorded a time of 13:55.81 and earned second team All-America accolades ... Came in fifth overall at the NCAA East Preliminary with a season-best time of 13:54.00 in the national semifinal race ... Produced a winning time of 14:36.85 at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova successfully defend its team title at the conference meet ... Ran the third leg of the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays and recorded a split of 4:01.1 en route to the Wildcats winning the Championship of America title in the relay with a time of 16:18.07 ... Opened the season by winning the 5000 meters with a time of 13:59.33 at the Colonial Relays ... Recorded a personal best time of 3:45.43 in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he finished in 15th place in the elite section of the event.
2014-15 Indoor: Due to an injury was limited to competing only at the BIG EAST Championships ... Individual conference champion in the 5000 meters for the second straight year and also registered a runner-up finish in the 3000 meters ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in both events to help the Wildcats win the team title at the conference meet for the second straight year ... Recorded a winning time of 14:18.04 in the 5000 meters ... Crossed the finish line in the 3000 meters in 8:18.73 and was part of a 1-2-3 sweep in the event for Villanova.
2014 Cross Country: Earned All-America, All-Mid Atlantic Region and All-BIG EAST honors for the second straight year ... Repeated as the individual BIG EAST champion and helped Villanova defend its team titles at both the conference meet and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Top finisher on the team in all five of his starts during the season ... Finished in 18th place at the NCAA Championships and was second at the NCAA regional meet ... Posted a winning time of 23:45.8 at the BIG EAST Championships and became the third athlete in conference history to win consecutive individual titles ... Captured the individual title at the prestigious Washington Invitational with a time of 23:00 on the 8000 meter course at Jefferson Park Golf Course ... Won the race by 20 seconds in a field that included five of the top nine teams in the nation ... Earned National Athlete of the Week and BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week honors for his performance at the Washington meet ... Opened the year with a second place overall finish at the Main Line Invitational.
2014 Outdoor: First team All-American in the 5000 meters ... His time of 13:31.25 at the NCAA Championships shattered by six seconds the previous personal best he had run during the indoor season (the old mark of 13:37.73 is the indoor school record) ... The mark of 13:31.25 is also the third-fastest in school history outdoors and trails only Sydney Maree, who ran two faster races during his Villanova career ... Tiernan's time is the 12th fastest ever at the NCAA Championships meet and he is one of just four athletes in school history to record a top-eight finish outdoors in the 5000 meters ... Was an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships after finishing fourth in his heat and eighth overall in the national semifinals at the NCAA East Preliminary, where he posted a time of 14:14.57 ... Also was the BIG EAST individual champion with a winning time of 13:56.01 at the conference meet ... Won that race by a margin of more than 26 seconds ... Ran the third leg of the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays and helped Villanova finish third in the relay wi9th a time of 16:19.98 ... Set a personal best time in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he crossed the finish line in 3:46.27 and came in 12th in the Elite section of the race ... Anchored the distance medley relay squad at the Colonial Relays, where the Wildcats top DMR squad came in first with a time of 9:50.37.
2013-14 Indoor: Set the indoor school record in the 5000 meters during the season and went on to be both a first team All-American and a BIG EAST champion in the event ... Set a Villanova mark with a time of 13:37.73 at the Iowa State Classic to break the previous record of 13:38.3 set by Sydney Maree more than 30 years ago ... Came in second in the race at Iowa State after leading for the majority of the race against a senior from Wisconsin ... Placed seventh in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Championships with a time of 14:00.83 ... BIG EAST champion with a winning time of 14:04.26 at the conference meet ... Also came in second and earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 3000 meters with a runner-up time of 8:10.71 ... Opened the season at the Penn State National and set both a meet and facility record at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track by winning the Invitational section of the 3000 meters in 7:57.75.
2013 Cross Country: Made an immediate impact on the national level in his first taste of collegiate competition ... Earned All-America honors and was the Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year ... Individual champion at both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region and the BIG EAST Championships ... First Villanova runner to win each of those titles since Bobby Curtis in 2007 ... Was the top finisher for the Wildcats at every scored meet during the season ... Finished in ninth place at the NCAA Championships with a time of 30:15.7 ... His finish is the highest for a Villanova runner since Curtis came in fourth in 2007 ... Won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a time of 29:37 and came in first at the BIG EAST Championships in 23:51 ... Led the Wildcats to the team title at the Princeton Invitational with a third place overall finish (23:50) ... Came in fourth at the Chile Pepper Festival in Arkansas (24:27.0) to help Villanova earn a runner-up finish behind the host Razorbacks ... Individual winner at the four-mile Main Line Invitational (19:09.48), a performance which earned him BIG EAST Athlete of the Week honors ... Made his collegiate debut at the Friend Big Five Invitational and came in ninth on the 6,000 meter course with a time of 18:56.46.
St. Joseph's College: Racing for the U20 Australian team was a triple champion in 2012 in the 1500 meters (3:50.67), 5000 meters (14:40.59) and cross country ... Previously was the 2011 Australian Junior (U18) cross country champion ... Winner of the Southern Cross University 10K road race with a time of 30:34.
Personal: Born 9/11/94 ... One of four children of Jim and Karen Tiernan ... Siblings are Jack, Alexandra and Gabrielle ... Majoring in Mathematics.
Summer Olympics Australia (5000 Meters) 2016 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 1:54.34 High School 1500 Meters 3:45.43 2015 Larry Ellis Invitational 3000 Meters 7:48.55 2016 FastTrack National Invite 5000 Meters (Non-VU) 13:20.88 2016 Paavo Nurmi Games
5000 Meters (VU) 13:25.78 2016 Payton Jordan Invitational 10000 Meters (road) 30:34 High School
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters 18:56.46 2013 Friend Big Five Invitational
4 Miles 19:09.48 2013 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 22:23.2 2015 BIG EAST Championships 10000 Meters 29:11.1 2015 NCAA Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
NCAA Individual Champion 2016
National Athlete of the Year 2016
All-American 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year 2013, 2015, 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region Individual Champion 2013, 2015, 2016 All-Mid Atlantic Region 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 BIG EAST Individual Champion 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week September 29-October 5, 2014 BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week September 24-30, 2013 BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week September 29-October 5, 2014
BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week September 28-October 4, 2015
School Record Holder (Four Miles) September 26, 2013 (19:09.48)
School Record Holder (8000 Meters) October 31, 2015 (22:23.2)
School Record Holder (10000 Meters) November 21, 2015 (29:11.1)
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2014 (5000 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2016 (3000 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion 2014, 2015, 2016 (5000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2014, 2015, 2016 (3000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2014, 2015, 2016 (5000 Meters) School Record Holder Indoor 5000 Meters (13:37.73) Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet 2016 BIG EAST Championships
BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week 2014: January 27-February 2, February 10-16
BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week 2016: February 8-14
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2014, 2016 (5000 Meters)
All-American (Second Team) 2015 (5000 Meters)
Penn Relays Champion 2015 (4xMile Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2014, 2015, 2016 (5000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2014, 2015, 2016 (5000 Meters)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2013-14 (Track) BIG EAST Institutional Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2015-16
BIG EAST Men's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2014-15
BIG EAST Men's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year 2015-16
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2013-14, 2015-16
Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performer of the Year 2015 (Cross Country) Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team 2014, 2015 (Cross Country)
Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team 2015-16 (Track & Field)