Patrick Tiernan
Patrick  Tiernan

Toowoomba, Australia

High School:
St. Joseph's College

Cross Country/Distance




All Out Effort: Q&A with Cross Country and Track and Field Standout Patrick Tiernan


Patrick Tiernan Surges to Impressive Sixth Place Finish in 5000 Meters

Villanova freshman records 12th fastest time in meet history at national championships


Wildcats Close Out Penn Relays with Championship of America Title in 4x800 Meter Relay

Ellison leads Villanova to first 4x800 title since 1992 and program's 95th title overall


Men's Indoor Track & Field Wins Fourth BIG EAST Title

Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; team wins title by more than 30 points


Tiernan and Men's Distance Medley Relay Post Outstanding Times at Iowa State Classic

Tiernan ran the nation's second-leading time in the 5000 meters; DMR now ranks fifth in the country


Men's Track at BIG EAST Championships

Villanova competed on the first night of the BIG EAST Championships on February 28, 2015 at the New York Armory.

On Tiernan: Five-time All-American and six-time BIG EAST champion during his first two years on the team ... Those totals include consecutive All-America honors in cross country and three combined All-America honors in the 5000 meters on the track ... Has won each of the last two individual BIG EAST cross country titles, as well as the last two conference 5000 meters titles both indoors and outdoors ... One of the top distance runners in the nation and an elite talent who is still continuing to improve ... Consistent performer and fierce competitor who is poised for a big year and will make an impact on the national level.

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.


800 Meters                1:54.34                       High School
1500 Meters               3:45.43                       2015 Larry Ellis Invitational
3000 Meters               7:57.75                       2014 Penn State National
5000 Meters               13:31.25                      2014 NCAA Championships
10000 Meters (road)       30:34                         High School


8000 Meters               23:00                         2014 Washington Invitational
10000 Meters              29:37                         2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)

All-American                                            2013, 2014
Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year                 2013
Mid-Atlantic Region Individual Champion                 2013
All-Mid Atlantic Region                                 2013, 2014
BIG EAST Individual Champion                            2013, 2014
All-BIG EAST                                            2013, 2014
USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week                   September 29-October 5, 2014
BIG EAST Athlete of the Week                            September 24-30, 2013
BIG EAST Athlete of the Week                            September 29-October 5, 2014

CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)

All-American (First Team)                               2014 (5000 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion                                       2014, 2015 (5000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST                                            2014, 2015 (3000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST                                            2014, 2015 (5000 Meters)
School Record Holder                                    Indoor 5000 Meters (13:37.73)
BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week                 January 27-February 2, February 10-16

CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)

All-American (First Team)                               2014 (5000 Meters)
All-American (Second Team) 2015 (5000 Meters)
Penn Relays Champion 2015 (4xMile Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2014, 2015 (5000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2014, 2015 (5000 Meters)


USTFCCCA All-Academic Team                              2013-14 (Track)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team                              2013-14 (Track)
Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team     2014 (Cross Country)

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