Jan. 21, 2012
NEW YORK--Villanova competed very well across the board in the Albany Great Dane Invitational but saved its best performances for the distance events en route to a fifth place finish out of 26 teams at the New York Armory on Friday evening. Sophomore Samuel McEntee (Perth, Australia) won the 3000 meters and graduate student Ryan Sheridan (Melville, N.Y.) captured the 5000 meters to lead the team.
"All in all this was a good meet for us," head coach Marcus O'Sullivan said. "We added several more postseason qualifiers and got good efforts from all of the guys that ran in the distance events, with a number of personal best times."
Team points were awarded for finishing in the top eight of each event and the Wildcats finished with 46.5 points after managing 10 top-eight finishes in seven different events. The points came from four running events and three field events.
In the 3000 meters McEntee crossed the finish line with a personal best time of 8:13.93 and paced a field of 39 runners. It was the first race of the indoor season for McEntee, a BIG EAST scorer in the Mile last season and who was one of the most consistent runners for the Villanova cross country team this fall.
Sheridan also opened up his indoor season and finished first out of 21 runners in the 5000 meters while headlining a group of four Wildcats that all placed in the top five. Sheridan crossed the finish line in 14:18.66, sophomore Greg Morrin (Hockessin, Del.) was third (14:37.33), junior Matt Kane (Fairfield, Conn.) finished fourth (14:38.50) and redshirt freshman Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.) took fifth place (14:38.68).
Villanova scored points in both the Mile and the 1000 meters, with juniors Alex Tully (Little Rock, Ark.) and Joseph LoRusso (Oak Hill, Va.) both running well in the Mile. Tully finished sixth out of 39 runners with a time of 4:12.88 and LoRusso was ninth overall (4:13.69) after coming in first of 13 in his individual heat. In the 1000 meters, redshirt freshman Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came in eighth with a time of 2:32.69.
In the field events senior Frank Anuszewski (Pottstown, Pa.) registered a distance of 16.48 meters in the weight throw to finish in sixth place out of 19 competitors. Sophomore Chris Dougherty (Cherry Hill, N.J.) matched the personal best height of 4.50 meters that he established last week in the pole vault and came in eighth out of 20, while freshman Matthew Sidney (Canton, Mass.) tied for eighth place in the high jump by clearing a height of 1.96 meters.
Next up on the schedule for the Wildcats is the Penn State National next Friday and Saturday.
NOTES: In addition to the team performances Villanova also had freshmen Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) and Tom Trainer (Havertown, Pa.) competing as unattached entries in the 3000 meters ... Both recorded personal best times in their races, with Denault coming in second (8:15.72) and Trainer placing eighth (8:28.51).
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Cory Serfoss 39th of 48 52.07 6th of 6 (Heat 7)
Philip O'Connell 21st of 42 1:57.56 3rd of 8 (Heat 2) John Castillo 34th 2:00.46 6th of 10 (Heat 1)
Dusty Solis 8th of 26 2:32.69 1st of 8 (Heat 1) Chris Fitzsimons 21st 2:40.92 7th of 7 (Heat 3)
Alex Tully 6th of 39 4:12.88 6th of 12 (Heat 3) Joseph LoRusso 9th 4:13.69 1st of 13 (Heat 2) Dan Harris 11th 4:15.83 2nd of 13 (Heat 2) Richie Bohny 14th 4:18.80 3rd of 14 (Heat 1) Chris Pietrocarlo 19th 4:19.98 5th of 14 (Heat 1) Charlie Bates 21st 4:20.54 6th of 14 (Heat 1) Daniel Norman 37th 4:32.71 14th of 14 (Heat 1)
Samuel McEntee 1st of 39 8:13.93 1st of 15 (Heat 2) Brian Tetreault 16th 8:39.61 10th of 15 (Heat 2)
Ryan Sheridan 1st of 21 14:18.66 Greg Morrin 3rd 14:37.33 Matt Kane 4th 14:38.50 Brian Basili 5th 14:38.68 John Pickhaver 12th 15:16.33
Matthew Sidney tie-8th of 27 1.96m Elbert Maxwell tie-20th 1.91m
Chris Dougherty 8th of 20 4.50m
Elbert Maxwell 17th of 24 6.58m 6th of 8 (Flight 2)
George Bodziock 17th of 20 12.89m 2nd of 5 (Flight 1)
Frank Anuszewski 6th of 19 16.48m 6th of 9 (Flight 2) Chris McLeod 17th 13.26m 8th of 10 (Flight 1)
UNATTACHED VILLANOVA ATHLETES
Rob Denault 2nd of 39 8:15.72 2nd of 15 (Heat 2) Tom Trainer 8th 8:28.51 1st of 25 (Heat 1)