Villanova opened competition at the BIG EAST Championships on May 11, 2018 in Geneva, Ohio.
Men's track & field photo gallery from the first day of BIG EAST Championships -- May 13, 2016
Villanova photos from Day 1 of the BIG EAST Indoor Championships on February 26
2017-18 Indoor: Competed in three meets during the season ... Came in 13th in the 500 meters with a time of 1:09.79 and also ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay for a squad which came in seventh in 3:30.25 at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Recorded a time of 1:59.73 in the 800 meters at the Villanova Invitational, and was also clocked in 2:03.58 at the Penn 8-Team Select meet.
2017 Outdoor: Tallied a sixth place finish in the 400 meter hurdles at the BIG EAST Championships ... Recorded a time of 57.58 in the final after ranking seventh in the preliminary heats a day earlier with a time of 58.26 ... Earned a first place finish in the hurdles in his only other meet of the season when he crossed the finish line in 58.81 at the Haverford Invitational.
2016-17 Indoor: Competed once in the 500 meters and once in the 800 meters during the season ... Came in fifth in the 500 meters at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational with a time of 1:08.90 ... Recorded a time of 2:04.71 in the 800 meters at the Villanova Open.
2016 Outdoor: Scored team points in the 400 meter hurdles at the BIG EAST Championships ... Recorded a time of 56.28 and ranked fourth in the preliminary heats at the conference meet, then finished fifth in the final in 56.79 ... Prior to the BIG EAST meet, competed four times in the 400 meter hurdles and had a season-best time of 56.21 at the Colonial Relays ... Opened the season by coming in 12th (57.47) at the Penn Challenge ... Also placed sixth at the Princeton Outdoor Invite (56.39) and registered a time of 57.53 at the Lions Invitational ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Princeton Outdoor Invite and helped Villanova finish fourth in the relay with a time of 3:22.30 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where teh Wildcats registered a time of 3:22.61.
2015-16 Indoor: Competed in a total of eight races during the season ... Ran the 400 meters and the 500 meters twice each, including the latter event at the BIG EAST Championships ... Tallied a time of 1:07.49 in the 500 meters at the conference meet and came in 12th in the preliminary heats ... His earlier race in the event had come at the Penn State National, where he crossed the finish line in 1:07.56 ... Recorded times in the 400 meters of 52.29 at the Gotham Cup and 51.67 at the Villanova Invitational ... Also anchored the 4x400 meter relay at the Villanova Invitational, where he helped the Wildcats relay team come in third with a time of 3:18.32 ... Made his collegiate debut at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, where he finished fifth in the 1000 meters with a time of 2:38.76 ... Ran the 800 meters at the FastTrack National Invite, finishing 37th in the college section of the event with a time of 1:58.61 ... Also ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay at that meet, with the Wildcats placing eighth in 3:18.40.
Sachem East High School: Earned a total of 10 varsity letters, including four each in indoor and outdoor track & field to go along with two in cross country ... Also played volleyball and was a middle hitter ... School record holder in the 1000 meters ... Also was a part of school record performances in the relays seven times ... School record holder in the 4x400 meter relay, the 4x800 meter relay and the sprint medley relay both indoors and outdoors, in addition to the indoor distance medley relay ... Earned all-county honors as both a junior and a senior ... Achieved Honor Roll status academically all four years.
Personal: Born 7/24/97 in Nanded, India ... Older of two children of Balaji and Rupali Deshpande ... Has a younger sister, Arya (13) ... Hobbies include playing basketball and volleyball, as well as watching movies on Netflix ... Chose to attend Villanova for the great educational experience, the reputation of the track & field program, and the school's location ... Majoring in Economics.
400 Meters 51.67 2016 Villanova Invitational
400 Meter Hurdles 53.92 High School
500 Meters 1:07.49 2016 BIG EAST Championships
800 Meters 1:58.61 2016 FastTrack National Invite
1000 Meters 2:38.76 2015 Jack Pyrah Invitational
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2015-16
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
400 Meter Hurdles 5th 2016 Outdoor
400 Meter Hurdles 6th 2017 Outdoor
400 Meter Hurdles 7th 2018 Outdoor