Ben Malone finished strong despite falling just thousandths of a second short of advancing
National championship race in the 1500 meters takes place on Friday night on ESPN
Wildcats run school record time of 9:27.04 at David Hemery Valentine Invitational
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
Villanova ran in the Championship of America sprint medley relay and distance medley relay on Friday afternoon.
Villanova won its third straight team title at the indoor BIG EAST Championships.
Jordy Williamsz, Rob Denault and Patrick Tiernan competed on the final day of the men's NCAA Championships in Oregon.
Villanova won its second straight BIG EAST indoor title on Sunday, March 1 at the New York Armory.
Villanova competed on the first night of the BIG EAST Championships on February 28, 2015 at the New York Armory.
2016 Indoor: Earned first team All-America honors as in the distance medley relay for the third time in four years ... Also was the BIG EAST champion in the Mile for the second time in his career and in the 4x800 meter relay for the first time ... Garnered All-BIG EAST honors in the Mile, the DMR and the 4x800 relay ... Had a split of 3:59.70 for the final 1600 meters of the DMR at the NCAA Championships, where Villanova finished sixth in the relay with a time of 9:34.30 ... During the season, ran the leadoff leg of DMR races in which the Wildcats posted the fourth-fastest and seventh-fastest indoor DMR times in school history ... Those races came at the BIG EAST Championships where Villanova was second with a time of 9:29.17, and the FastTrack National Invite where the Wildcats won the race with a time of 9:30.66 ... Posted a winning time of 4:21.57 in the Mile at the BIG EAST Championships and anchored the 4x800 meter relay to a winning time of 7:28.96 ... One of only two collegiate runners who was selected to compete in the famed Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games ... Finished ninth in that race with a time of 4:03.36 ... Began the season by winning the invitational section of the 3000 meters in 7:59.00 at the Penn State National ... That time puts him ninth on the all-time Villanova performance list in the event.
2015 Cross Country: Qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championships ... Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the fourth straight season and All-BIG EAST accolades for the third consecutive year ... Became one of seven Villanova runners to be a four-time all-region performer ... Came in second or third in the Wildcats lineup in all five of his races ... Established a personal best time of 23:13.7 for an 8,000 meter course with a fifth place overall finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... Came in ninth overall at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a time of 31:02.2 over 10,000 meters ... Finished with a time of 32:17.1 and placed 214th at the NCAA Championships ... Began the season by finishing second overall with a time of 23:58 over 8,000 meters at the Paul Short Run ... Was also the runner-up and was part of a 1-2-3 Villanova finish at the Princeton Invitational (23:53.2).
2015 Outdoor: First team All-American and BIG EAST champion in the 1500 meters but his top performance of the season came in the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays ... Anchored the Wildcats to their first Championship of America title in the event since 2001 and the team's 97th title all-time at the Penn Relays ... Produced an incredible kick over the final 200 meters of the race to pass runners from Stanford and Oregon before taking the lead entering the final straightaway ... Broke away for the win after a remarkably tactictal anchor leg and wound up with a split of 4:13.6 for the anchor leg ... Villanova had a winning time of 16:18.07 in the relay ... One day earlier had anchored the Wildcats to a second place finish in the distance medley relay against the same anchor runners from Oregon and Stanford who race in the 4xMile relay ... Produced a split of 3:58.94 over the final 1600 meters and Villanova was the runner-up in the race with a time of 9:34.36 ... Also ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay just hours after the 4xMile race and had a split of 1:49.09 as the Wildcats finished third in that relay with a time of 7:18.84 ... Advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 1500 meters for the second straight year ... Placed fifth in the final at the national meet with a time of 3:55.36 ... Advanced on time to the final after running the equivalent of a sub-four minute mile in the national semifinal heats ... Had a time of 3:41.42 and was seventh overall during the semifinals ... Automatic qualifier during both the national first round and quarterfinal heats at the NCAA East Preliminary ... Posted a time of 3:50.10 in the first round heats and placed seventh overall to move on to the quarterfinals ... Won his quarterfinal heat in 3:45.23 and his time was the second-fastest among the East region's qualifiers for the national meet ... Won his second straight BIG EAST title with a time of 3:48.46 ... Won the seeded section of the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational and his time of 3:39.43 is the fastest he has run during the collegiate season ... Opened the season by anchoring the Wildcats to a first place finish in the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays ... The winning time for Villanova in the relay was 9:58.05.
2015 Indoor: First team All-American in the distance medley relay ... Ran an incredible split of 3:55.46 on the 1600 meters leg of the relay to rally Villanova to a fifth place finish at the NCAA Championships ... The Wildcats posted a total time of 9:32.96 in the relay and notched their fourth top-eight finish in the past six years ... His split of 3:55.46 on the anchor leg is the equivalent of a 3:56.84 Mile, which happens to be his exact personal best for that event ... Helped the Wildcats set a school record in the DMR with a time of 9:27.04 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational ... At the time of the race, the mark of 9:27.04 also led the nation for the season and ranked as the third fastest in NCAA history ... Led off the record-setting relay and had a remarkable split of 2:52.3 for the first 1200 meters ... Was named the Most Outstanding Performer for the track events at the BIG EAST Championships and was instrumental in helping Villanova successfully defend its team title ... At the conference meet he anchored the distance medley relay squad to a first place finish and was also the individual champion of the 3000 meters ... Tallied a split of 4:08.67 on the 1600 meters anchor leg of the DMR as the Wildcats recorded a winning time of 9:51.20 ... Ran the 3000 meters the next day and posted a winning time of 8:17.58 to lead a 1-2-3 Villanova sweep in the event ... Prior to the conference meet, led off the DMR at the Penn State National, where the Wildcats recorded a time of 9:31.36 to score a third place finish and -- at the time of the race -- the nation's third-fastest time of the season ... Anchored the DMR squad to a first place finish at the Metro Team Challenge.
2014 Cross Country: Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the third straight season and All-BIG EAST accolades for the second straight year ... Helped the Wildcats defend their team titles at both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the BIG EAST Championships ... Was a scoring runner for the team in all five of his starts ... Fourth finisher for Villanova at both the NCAA Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlatnic Regional ... Finished in 58th place at the national meet and in 13th place at the regional meet ... Was part of a 1-2-3 sweep by the Wildcats at the BIG EAST Championships, where he placed third overall ... Top finisher for Villanova with a fifth place overall showing at the Paul Short Run in his first race of the season ... Came in 11th overall and was the Wildcats fifth runner at the Princeton Invitational, where Villanova won the team title for the second straight year.
2014 Outdoor: Enjoyed a breakthrough season and was a first team All-American in the 1500 meters ... Also was a part of a Penn Relays Championship of America title in the 4x800 meter relay ... Came in fifth in the 1500 meters at the NCAA Championships ... His time of 3:40.25 in the final at the NCAA meet and his time of 3:41.23 in the national semifinals two days earlier are both the equivalent of sub-four minute miles ... They are also the two fastest 1500 meters times he has recorded during his collegiate career ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships after progressing easily through the national first round and national quarterfinals of the 1500 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary ... Finished third in his heat and 11th overall out of 48 runners in the first round with a time of 3:49.31 ... Runner-up in his heat and placed fourth overall in the quarterfinals (3:45.90) ... Was the BIG EAST champion in the 1500 meters with a winning time of 3:47.16 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays and helped Villanova capture the Championship of America title in the race with a winning time of 7:16.58 ... Anchored the Wildcats in both the distance medley relay and the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays ... The DMR squad came in second in 9:28.93 and the 4xMile relay placed third with a time of 16:19.98 ... Produced a split of 3:57 on his leg of the 4xMile relay ... Individually posted a time of 3:43.01 in the Elite section of the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he came in third ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR at the Colonila Relays and helped the second Villanova entry in the relay come in second (9:52.72).
2014 Indoor: First team All-American and the BIG EAST champion in the Mile ... Even before those performances had stood out on the national scene after recording a time of 3:56.84 in a first place finish at the Iowa State Classic ... That was the first official sub-four minute mile of his career and the fastest time by a Villanova runner since Wildcats head coach Marcus O'Sullivan ran faster during his own racing career ... Williamsz is now part of the group of 36 elite runners from Villanova who have run a sub-four minute mile during their careers and he is one of just 13 from the group to have a time as fast as his mark at Iowa State ... Ranked second in the nation during the regular season with that time ... Came in eighth in the final at the NCAA Championships with a time of 4:04.79 running at altitude in New Mexico ... Lowered his time from 4:10.18 in the preliminary heats, when he was 12th overall but made a furious charge in the home stretch to finish fourth in his heat and earn an automatic spot in the final ... Won the BIG EAST title with a winning time of 4:08.90 ... Was second overall in the preliminaries at the conference meet with a time of 4:13.31 ... Anchored the distance medley relay at the Boston University Last Chance Meet ... Helped the Wildcats win the relay with a time of 9:28.06 to earn the DMR squad a berth in the NCAA Championships ... Opened his indoor season at the Penn State National, where he finished second individually in the Invitational section of the Mile (4:00.18) and also led off the DMR which finished third in the Invitational section with a time of 9:36.89.
2013 Cross Country: Was a fixture in the lineup for a Villanova squad that won team titles at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Earned All-BIG EAST and All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades ... Set personal best times for both an 8,000 meter course (23:50) and a 10,000 meter course (30:10) ... Came in 10th overall (30:10) at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional to help the Wildcats wrap up a team bid to the NCAA Championships for a program-record seventh consecutive season ... Came in 11th at the BIG EAST Championships (24:34) ... Helped lead Villanova to the team title at the Princeton Invitational with a fourth place overall finish (23:50) out of 272 runners ... Was the second scoring runner for the Wildcats at both the Princeton meet and the Chili Pepper Festival in Arkansas, where he finished eighth in 24:37.8 ... Opened the season at the Friend Big Five Invitational and was the individual winner with a 6,000 meters time of 18:50.95 ... Finished as the runner-up at the four-mile Main Line Invitational (19:21.24).
2013 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 1500 meters and advanced to the national quarterfinals in the event ... Also earned All-BIG EAST honors and was the conference runner-up in the 1500 meters ... In the national first round was an automatic qualifier with a time of 3:47.95 and moved on to the national quarterfinals, where he came in 16th in 3:48.15 ... Posted a time of 3:47.83 in the finals at the BIG EAST Championships ... During the preliminary heats he led a field of 26 runners with a time of 3:53.57 ... First place finisher in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational with a time of 3:44.43 ... Only team member who competed on all three relays at the Penn Relays ... Anchored the distance medley relay team to a runner-up finish (9:26.80) and ran the second leg of the second-place 4x800 meter relay (7:17.37) ... Also ran the second leg of the 4xMile relay and Villanova came in third with a time of 16:18.53 ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the distance medley relay as the Wildcats won the relay at the Colonial Relays (9:56.02).
2013 Indoor: First team All-American and a BIG EAST champion in the distance medley relay ... Led off the DMR at both the Alex Wilson Invitational and the NCAA Championships ... Villanova finished fifth at the national meet with a time of 9:35.46 to earn All-America accolades ... At the Alex Wilson meet the team's time of 9:30.47 secured the NCAA Championships berth and was good for a ninth place finish ... Anchored the distance medley relay squad to a conference winning time of 9:47.59 at the BIG EAST Championships ... Scored team points individually at the conference meet and received All-BIG EAST honors by finishing third in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:04.77 ... Earlier in the season was the runner-up in the 3000 meters with a time of 8:18.71 at the Great Dane Classic ... Set a personal best time in the Mile with a mark of 4:00.12 at the Husky Classic, where he came in seventh in the second invitational section of the race.
2012 Cross Country: Made his collegiate debut at the Paul Short Run and instantly became one of the Wildcats top contributors ... Went on to earn All-Mid Atlantic Region honors and help Villanova secure an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... Finished in fourth place overall and was second on the team at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a time of 30:36 ... Was the fourth counting runner for the Wildcats at the NCAA Championships, where he placed 161st in 31:12.8 ... Came in fourth on the team with an 8K time of 25:19.83 and was 26th overall at the BIG EAST Championships ... Third counting runner for Villanova in each of his first two meets at the Paul Short Run and the Pre-NCAA Meet ... Came in ninth at the Paul Short Run (24:23) and 57th at the Pre-NCAA Meet (24:06.0).
Haileybury College High School: Advanced to the World Youth semifinals ... Australian champion in the 800 meters, 1500 meters and 3000 meters and was the runner-up in cross country.
Personal: Born 8/21/92 ... One of two children of Craig and Deidre Williamsz ... Has a sister, Laura ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and is majoring in Accounting.
1500 METERS EQUIVALENT
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
800 Meters 1:47.34 High School 1500 Meters 3:36.74 2012 Swarthmore Last Chance Meet
1600 Meters (Relay) 3:55.46 2015 NCAA Championships Mile 3:56.84 2014 Iowa State Classic 3000 Meters 7:59.00 2016 Penn State National
5000 Meters 14:18.05 2016 BIG EAST Championships
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters 18:50.95 2013 Friend Big Five Invitational
4 Miles 19:21.24 2013 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 23:13.7 2015 BIG EAST Championships 10000 Meters 30:10 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014, 2015
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2013, 2015, 2016 (Distance Medley Relay) All-American (First Team) 2014 (Mile) BIG EAST Champion 2014, 2016 (Mile)
BIG EAST Champion 2015 (3000 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion 2016 (4x800 Meter Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2013, 2015 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2014, 2016 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2015 (3000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2015, 2016 (Distance Medley Relay)
Most Outstanding Track Performer of the Meet 2015 - BIG EAST Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2014, 2015 (1500 Meters)
All-American (Second Team) 2016 (1500 Meters)
Penn Relays Champion 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)
Penn Relays Champion 2015 (4xMile Relay)
BIG EAST Champion 2014, 2015 (1500 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014, 2015 (1500 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (5000 Meters)