Jan. 22, 2011
NEW YORK, N.Y.--Senior Brian Long (Louisville, Ky.) led a trio of Villanova runners that placed first through third in the 3000 meters and the Wildcats enjoyed several individual highlights during competition on Friday at the Albany Great Dane Classic. The meet was held at the New York Armory and the Wildcats came in third out of 24 schools with 63 team points.
Long, junior Mathew Mildenhall (Auckland, New Zealand) and senior Hugo Beamish (Havelock North, New Zealand) occupied the first three spots in the 3000 meters to account for 24 of the 63 Villanova points. The winning time for Long was 8:06.59, while Mildenhall and Beamish were close behind with times of 8:06.96 and 8:08.58, respectively. All three times met BIG EAST and IC4A qualifying standards.
"It was great to have all three of our guys in the 3000 meters have equally strong results," head coach Marcus O'Sullivan said. "In addition to these three guys, we added a few other postseason qualifiers and this was an overall successful day for the team."
Freshman Chris Fitzsimons (Hamden, Conn.) made his collegiate indoor debut in the 1000 meters and came in third in a field of 33 runners, posting a time of 2:27.52 to notch another BIG EAST/IC4A mark for the team. Junior Joseph Capecci (New Hope, Pa.) placed seventh in the race with a time of 2:29.47.
Three more postseason qualifiers for the Wildcats came in the Mile, where senior Brian Tetreault (Cinnaminson, N.J.) was second out of 29 entries with a time of 4:09.99. He was followed by senior Jason Apwah (Roxbury, N.J.) in fifth place (4:17.00) and junior Joseph LoRusso (Oak Hill, Va.) in seventh place (4:17.26). Tetreault logged a BIG EAST/IC4A time, while the latter two each registered BIG EAST qualifying marks.
In the 400 meters, sophomores Nicoy Hines (Paterson, N.J.) and Carlton Bowers (Springfield, N.J.) each tallied BIG EAST marks with times of 49.46 and 49.54, respectively. Hines came in sixth out of 50 runners in the race and Bowers ended up ninth.
The other top-3 finish for Villanova on Friday came from sophomore John Pickhaver (Drexel Hill, Pa.) in the 5000 meters. Pickhaver finished in third place with a time of 14:52.42 and classmate Greg Morrin (Hockessin, Del.) was fifth overall with a mark of 14:56.49.
Each of the top eight finishers in an event earned points towards their team score. Connecticut led all 24 teams in attendance with 119.5 points, while host Albany was second ahead of the Wildcats with 84 points.
Villanova returns to action next week when it returns to the Armory to participate in the second of two "College Saturday Night" meets.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
400 Meter Dash
800 Meter Dash
1000 Meter Run
3000 Meter Run
5000 Meter Run
Lazaro Tiant - 18th of 26 (6.17m)
Frank Anuszewski - 15th of 23 (14.23m)
Frank Anuszewski - 9th of 25 (16.07m)