Villanova senior student-athletes were honored at the Connelly Center on Thursday night
Men's track student-athlete will continue his studies at University of Birmingham next year
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 recognized its senior student-athletes for their career accomplishments at the Connelly Center on May 15, 2014.
Villanova finished strong and earned a second place finish in the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays on April 25.
Villanova opened the 2013-14 indoor track & field season at the Jack Pyrah Invitational on December 7.
On Ellison: One of the nation's top middle distance runners ... Has been an impact performer for Villanova throughout his career ... Four-time All-American and three-time BIG EAST champion ... Contributes in both the individual events and the relays ... Poised for a big season.
2014 Indoor: First team All-American in the 800 meters and a second team All-American in the distance medley relay ... BIG EAST champion in the 500 meters ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year and advanced to the final ... Registered a sixth place finish in the final to record his highest ever individual finish at a national meet ... Was fourth overall in the preliminary heats and advanced on time to the final ... Had times of 1:49.53 in the preliminaries and 1:50.13 in the final at the NCAA Championships ... Earlier in the year posted a time of 1:48.40 at the Iowa State Classic, where he finished fifth ... His time is the fastest indoor 800 meters time by a Villanova runner in over a decade ... Ran the 400 meters leg of the distance medley relay at the Iowa State Classic, the Boston University Last Chance Meet and the NCAA Championships ... The Wildcats posted a time of 9:28.06 in a first place finish at the Boston University meet to earn their berth in the national championships ... Villanova also won at the Iowa State Classic in 9:35.08 and came in ninth at the NCAA meet in 9:51.63 ... Won the 500 meters with a time of 1:01.67 in the final at the BIG EAST Championships ... Also was first in the preliminary heats in 1:03.36 ... This was Ellison's fourth consecutive year posting a top-three BIG EAST finish in the 500 meters ... Tied for fourth place in the Invitational section of the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.35 at the Penn State National ... Recorded a personal best time of 2:27.05 in the 1000 meters and finished first at the Gotham Cup meet ... Opened the season by winning the 1000 meters in 2:28.35 at the Jack Pyrah Invitational.
2013 Outdoor: Honorable mention All-American in the 800 meters and also repeated as the individual BIG EAST champion in the event ... Advanced to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year and reached the national semifinals of the 800 meters ... Posted a time of 1:50.99 in the national semifinals ... Was an automatic qualifier during the national first round (1:49.33) and the national quarterfinals (1:49.82) at the NCAA East Regional ... Won his second straight BIG EAST title with a time of 1:49.90 in the finals of the conference championships ... Won his preliminary BIG EAST heat in 1:50.92 ... Also earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 4x400 meter relay ... Ran the second leg of that realy at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova finish in third place with a time of 3:12.77 ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays, where the Wildcats were the runners-up in 7:17.37 ... Also ran the 400 meters leg of the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays, where Villanova came in second with a time of 9:26.80 ... Earlier in the season won the 800 meters in 1:49.29 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational and also ran the second leg of the winning 4x400 meter relay (3:12.03).
2013 Indoor: First team All-American in the distance medley relay and second team All-American in the 800 meters ... Ran the second leg of the DMR at both the NCAA Championships and the Alex Wilson Invitational ... At the national meet the Wildcats registered a time of 9:35.46 and came in fifth to earn first team All-America honors ... One week earlier at the Alex Wilson meet the team's time of 9:30.47 secured an NCAA Championships appearance ... Individually came in seventh in his preliminary heat of the 800 meters at the NCAA meet with a time of 1:49.22 ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 500 meters with a time of 1:01.70 in the finals ... Placed third in the finals after winning his preliminary heat in 1:51.79 ... Won each of his first four races of the season ... Opened up by winning the 1000 meters at both the Jack Pyrah Invitational (2:30.61) and the New York City Gotham Cup (2:28.56) ... Won the 800 meters with a season-best time of 1:48.62 in the invitational section of the Penn State National ... Captured first place in the Championship section of the 500 meters (1:01.31) at the Armory Collegiate Invitational ... Also finished 15th in the 800 meters at the Alex Wilson Invitational (1:49.84) ... Anchored the 4x400 meter relay to a fourth place finish at the BIG EAST Championships (3:13.22).
2012 Outdoor: First team All-American and BIG EAST individual champion in the 800 meters ... During the course of the year lowered his personal best time in the 800 meters by more than three seconds ... His current top time of 1:47.62 came in an eighth place finish in the finals at the NCAA Championships ... Won his heat in the national first round of the 800 meters at the NCAA East Regional and was an automatic qualifier at every stage of the postseason, including for the quarterfinals at the NCAA regional and both the semifinals and national championship race at the NCAA finals site ... His times included 1:49.65 in the national first round, 1:47.76 in the quarterfinal heats and 1:48.40 in the semifinals ... Had the fastest time in both the preliminaries (1:50.02) and the finals (1:50.99) at the BIG EAST Championships ... Finished in first place in a then personal best time of 1:49.04 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay and ran the third leg of the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays.
2012 Indoor: Part of championship winning relays at the BIG EAST Championships and the Millrose Games ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay to a conference title at the BIG EAST meet and ran the third leg of the distance medley relay at the Millrose Games ... Individually earned All-BIG EAST honors for a runner-up finish in the 500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Established new personal bests in the 500 meters in three consecutive races, concluding with his current top time of 1:01.17 in the finals at the conference meet ... Previously posted a time of 1:01.81 in the BIG EAST preliminary heats and won the Championship section at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in 1:01.92 ... Came in third in the invitational section of the 800 meters at the Penn State National (1:49.35) ... Won the 1000 meters in 2:33.80 at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational and ran a personal best time of 2:27.47 in an eighth place finish at the NYC Gotham Cup ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay in a second place finish at the Jack Pyrah meet (3:26.34) and a 10th place finish at the Penn State National (3:17.85).
2011 Outdoor: Ran the third leg (800 meters) of the distance medley relay to help Villanova win a Championship of America title at the Penn Relays ... It was the 94th Penn Relays championship for the Wildcats and the 24th in the DMR ... Also helped the Wildcats finish fifth in the IC4A section of the 4x400 meter relay at the Penn Relays, running the anchor leg in the preliminaries and the second leg in the final race ... Helped Villanova set a season-best time of 3:10.22 in the 4x400 relay at the IC4A Championship ... Individually, placed fifth in the 400 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Set a personal best in the event with a time of 47.61 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, where he came in sixth ... Won his section and placed sixth overall in the 400 meters at the Mason Spring Invite ... Ran the 800 meters in a time of 1:52.01 at the Colonial Relays.
2011 Indoor: All-BIG EAST in the 500 meters with a third place finish at the conference championships ... Had a time of 1:03.15 at the BIG EAST meet ... Earlier in the year won the 500 meters at the NYRR I meet with a personal best time of 1:02.76 ... Earned BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week honors for that performance ... Won the 500 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational in his collegiate debut (1:05.79) ... Runner-up in the 800 meters at the NYRR II meet in a personal best time of 1:51.22.
Upper Dublin High School: Team captain for the indoor and outdoor teams as a senior ... Helped the team finish in third place at the state championships in the 2009 indoor and outdoor meets ... 2010 Suburban One American Conference Athlete of the Year ... Placed fourth in the 400 meters and eighth in the 800 meters at the 2010 PTFCA state championships.
Personal: Born 12/5/92 ... One of two children of Roy and Patricia Ellison ... Has a sister, Simone ... Majoring in Communication ... Aspires to have a career in journalism or writing.
400 Meters (Relay) 46.00 2013 Penn Relays 400 Meters (Open) 47.61 2011 Hurricane Alumni Invitational 500 Meters 1:01.17 2012 BIG EAST Championships 800 Meters (Relay) 1:46.58 2014 Penn Relays 800 Meters (Open) 1:47.60 2012 NCAA East Preliminary 1000 Meters 2:27.05 2014 NYC Gotham Cup
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-American (First Team) 2014 (800 Meters) All-American (Second Team) 2013 (800 Meters) All-American (Second Team) 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2014 (500 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (500 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay) Millrose Games Champion 2012 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2012 (800 Meters) All-American (Honorable Mention) 2013 (800 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2012, 2013 (800 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2014 (4x400 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2013, 2014 (800 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014 (4x400 Meter Relay) Penn Relays Champion 2011 (Distance Medley Relay) Penn Relays Champion 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
Fulbright Scholarship 2014 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2011-12 BIG EAST Academic All-Star 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 Senior Student-Athlete of the Year 2013-14