Jan. 18, 2013
NEW YORK - Redshirt freshman Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.), sophomore Tom Trainer (Havertown, Pa.) and senior Alex Tully (Little Rock, Ark.) each ran to individual victories in their respective events and Villanova had a successful night of competition in the Great Dane Classic at the New York Armory on Friday night.
Denault and freshman Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) each opened up their indoor seasons and gave the Wildcats a one-two finish in the 3000 meters. Denault crossed the finish line first with a winning time of 8:15.73, which was nearly identical to the race he ran in this event at last year's meet.
Williamsz came in second with a time of 8:18.71 and sophomore Robert Hurlbut (Rochester, N.Y.) came in sixth in 8:35.28. The time for Hurlbut was a personal best and marked the second straight week he has had a career best effort; last week he set a new personal best in the 5000 meters at the NYC Gotham Cup.
In the 5000 meters Trainer and senior Matt Kane (Fairfield, Conn.) gave Villanova another one-two combination. Trainer ran a career best time of 14:33.16 and beat his previous top time from last spring by nearly seven seconds. Kane came in second with a time of 14:34.90 and the Wildcats wound up with five of the top seven finishers in the field of 17 runners.
Junior Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.) placed fourth (14:44.66), while juniors John Pickhaver (Drexel Hill, Pa.) and Greg Morrin (Hockessin, Del.) were fifth (14:46.39) and seventh (15:07.20), respectively.
The third win for Villanova on the evening came from Tully in the Mile, which he won with a time of 4:08.02 to lead a field of 26 runners. Sophomore Charlie Bates (Hoboken, N.J.) and junior Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came in fourth and fifth, respectively, with times of 4:14.01 and 4:14.10. Those times were each career bests and for Bates marked the second time in as many weeks he has produced a career best result in the Mile. Junior Dan Harris (Clifton Park, N.Y.) came in 15th in the Mile with a time of 4:21.97.
Villanova received strong performances from juniors Chris FitzSimons (Hamden, Conn.) and Richie Bohny (Holmdel, N.J.) in the 1000 meters. FitzSimons opened his indoor season with a personal best time of 2:25.83 to finish in third place out of 26 runners, while Bohny placed ninth with a time of 2:30.54 which eclipsed the career best time he ran at the Armory last week. Junior Chris Pietrocarlo (Hampstead, N.H.) came in 12th in the 1000 meters (2:31.79).
In all the Wildcats had more than two dozen athletes competing in 12 events at Friday's meet. Villanova came in third out of 24 collegiate teams that scored points in the meet, totaling 71 points overall.
Next up on the schedule for the Wildcats is the Penn State National meet, which will be held over two days next Friday and Saturday.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Tom Trainer 1st of 17 14:33.16 Matt Kane 2nd 14:34.90 Brian Basili 4th 14:44.66 John Pickhaver 5th 14:46.39 Greg Morrin 7th 15:07.20
60 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries)
Aaron Sandifer 23rd of 38 8.84
Alex Tully 1st of 26 4:08.02 Charlie Bates 4th 4:14.01 Dusty Solis 5th 4:14.10 Dan Harris 15th 4:21.97
Kyle Chou 17th of 47 50.22 Cory Serfoss 27th 50.95 Jake Stillings 28th 50.97 Joseph Messick 39th 51.87
Matt Whalen 20th of 23 1:08.74
Andrew Golato 13th of 32 1:57.12 John Castillo 16th 1:59.15
Chris FitzSimons 3rd of 26 2:25.83 Richie Bohny 9th 2:30.54 Chris Pietrocarlo 12th 2:31.79
Donald Urschel 30th of 56 22.73
Rob Denault 1st of 16 8:15.73 Jordy Williamsz 2nd 8:18.71 Robert Hurlbut 6th 8:35.28
4x400 Meter Relay
Villanova 8th of 30 3:20.00
Charlie Kido tie-12th of 18 4.35m
Chris McLeod 21st of 22 13.69m Drew King 22nd 13.65m
Villanova 3rd of 24 71 Points