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
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
On Solis: Enjoyed a terrific outdoor season last year in which he was a part of a Penn Relays title in the 4x800 meter relay and also set new personal bests individually in the 800 meters and the 1500 meters ... Has demonstrated significant improvement each year during his collegiate career and is poised to continue doing big things in his final season of eligibility ... Sets a great example for others on the team with his work ethic and is capable of being a key contributor to the team at the national level during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
2014 Cross Country: Was the fifth scoring runner for Villanova at the Paul Short Run, where he placed 283rd overall ... Came in seventh on the team and 24th overall at the Main Line Invitational in his first race of the season.
2014 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary in the 800 meters ... Placed sixth in his heat and 42nd overall in the national first round of the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.20 ... During the season established new personal bests in both the 800 meters and the 1500 meters while also winning a Penn Relays Championship of America title as part of the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the second leg of the relay and the Wildcats finished with a winning time of 7:16.58 ... One day earlier ran the 800 meters leg of the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays, with Villanova coming in second with a time of 9:28.93 ... Placed fifth individually in the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a new top time of 3:49.37 ... Recorded a personal best time of 1:49.24 in the 800 meters and tallied a runner-up finish in the Elite section of the event at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Anchored the second Villanova entry in the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays and helped the Wildcats finish in second place with a time of 9:52.72.
2014 Indoor: Starred in the relays for Villanova and was also an individual All-BIG EAST performer in the 1000 meters ... Second team All-American on the distance medley relay ... Ran both the leadoff 1200 meters leg and the 1600 meters anchor leg of the DMR at times during the year ... Led off the DMR at the NCAA Championships, where the Wildcats finished ninth with a relay time of 9:51.63 ... Also led off the DMR at the Boston University Last Chance Meet and helped Villanova record a winning time of 9:28.06 which secured the team's berth in the NCAA meet ... Anchored the Wildcats to a BIG EAST title in the DMR ... Villanova posted a winning time of 9:42.08 at the conference meet and the first place finish was Solis' first career BIG EAST title ... He also tied for second place in the 1000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a personal best time of 2:23.48 in his only individual race of the season ... Led off the DMR at the Iowa State Classic in a first place finish (9:35.08) ... Anchored the Wildcats to a sixth place finish in the Championship section at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (9:52.67) ... Led off the DMR in the Unseeded section at the Penn State National and helped lead Villanova to a second place finish (9:52.64) ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay team to a first place finish in the Invitational section at the Penn State meet, where the Wildcats had a winning time of 7:36.41.
2013 Cross Country: Came in 37th out of 272 runners at the Princeton Invitational, where his time of 24:41 was a personal best on an 8,000 meter course ... Finished in 126th place at the Chile Pepper Festival (26:52.5) ... Opened the season by placing 20th at the Friend Big Five Invitational with a 6,000 meters time of 19:13.43 ... Finished seventh at the four-mile Main Line Invitational (19:35.24).
2013 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Regional and advanced to the national quarterfinals in the 800 meters ... Came in 13th in the quarterfinal race and set a personal best time of 1:49.46 ... Recorded a time of 1:50.33 and was 26th overall in the national first round at the East Regional meet ... Scored team points at the BIG EAST Championships with a fifth place finish ... Registered a time of 1:50.45 in the finals after ranking fourth in 1:50.92 during the preliminary heats ... Won the 800 meters at the Virginia Challenge (1:50.94) and was the runner-up at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (1:50.03) ... The latter time was a personal best before the NCAA regional meet ... Came in 11th in the 1500 meters with a personal best time of 3:49.53 at the Colonial Relays ... Also anchored the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays and Villanova finished second with a time of 9:52.03 ... Led off the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays and helped lead the Wildcats to a runner-up finish with a time of 7:17.37.
2013 Indoor: Earned All-BIG EAST honors individually in the 800 meters as well as for being a part of the 4x800 meter relay ... Registered a third place finish in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 2:30.20 in the finals ... One day earlier won his preliminary heat with a time of 2:27.21 ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay to a runner-up finish with a time of 7:32.66 at the conference meet ... Top time of the season in the 800 meters was 2:26.69 in a first place finish in the invitational section of the Penn State National ... Ran three races in the Mile ... Set a personal best with a time of 4:07.03 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational and was the winner of the College section ... Opened the season with a first place finish at the Jack Pyrah Invitational (4:16.04) ... Came in fifth at the Great Dane Classic (4:14.10).
2012 Cross Country: Top finisher for Villanova in two of the three races he competed in ... Individual winner at the Haverford Invitational, where he recorded a four-mile time of 19:47.80 to lead a field of 22 runners ... His time was more than 32 seconds faster than at the season-opening Main Line Invitational, where he came in 34th in 20:19.90 ... Competed in the Open race at the Paul Short Run and led seven Villanova runners with a time of 25:34 in that section of the meet ... Came in 12th overall out of 394 competitors in the Open race.
2012 Outdoor: Competed at the BIG EAST Championships individually in the 800 meters and also as part of the Villanova entry in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the second leg of the relay and helped the Wildcats to a fourth place finish ... Came in 14th in the preliminaries of the 800 meters (1:53.47) ... Ran a personal best time of 1:52.30 at the Larry Ellis Invitational and finished 28th out of 72 runners ... Came in third out of 109 entries at the Danny Curran Invitational (1:55.47) ... Individual winner in the 1500 meters at the season-opening Big Five Invite (3:58.95) ... Ran a personal best time of 3:51.32 to close the season at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, where he finished 12th out of 81 competitors ... Came in 20th in 3:55.71 at the Colonial Relays.
2012 Indoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 1000 meters and advanced to the finals at the conference meet ... Established a personal best time of 2:27.22 in the preliminary heats at the BIG EAST meet and was in eighth place overall ... Finished ninth in the finals with a time of 2:33.02 ... Opened the season with a runner-up finish at the Jack Pyrah Invitational (2:35.20) ... Came in eighth at the Great Dane Classic (2:32.69), finished 10th at the Penn State National (2:32.00) and was 15th at the NYC Gotham Cup (2:31.86) ... Individual winner in the Mile at the Seamus McGelligott Invitational with a time of 4:16.81.
2011 Outdoor: Redshirted.
2011 Indoor: Redshirted ... Came in fourth place as an unattached entry in the 3000 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational with a time of 8:50.76.
2010 Cross Country: Redshirted ... Lined up unattached in three races ... Started the season with a 15th place finish over four miles at the Main Line Invitational, where he clocked a time of 20:37.30 ... Later in the year posted a time of 20:44.42 on the same course for the Haverford Invitational and finished in 13th place ... Posted an 8K time of 26:49 in the open race at the Paul Short Run.
Coronado High School: School record holder in the 800 meters ... Named the Gazette High School Cross Country Runner of the Year.
Personal: Son of Diana Solis ... Currently enrolled in graduate school after receiving his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 1:49.24 2014 Larry Ellis Invitational 1000 Meters 2:23.48 2014 BIG EAST Championships 1500 Meters 3:49.37 2014 BIG EAST Championships Mile 4:07.03 2013 Armory Collegiate Invitational 3000 Meters 8:50.76 2010 Jack Pyrah Invitational 5000 Meters 15:32 High School
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
8000 Meters 24:41 2013 Princeton Invitational
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (Second Team) 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014 (1000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2013 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2014 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
Penn Relays Champion 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2013-14