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Long Wins the 3000 Meters as Wildcats Have Great Showing at Albany Meet

Jan. 22, 2011

Complete Results

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.


400 Meter Dash

Nicoy Hines - 6th of 50 (49.46)
Carlton Bowers - 9th (49.54)

800 Meter Dash

Phillip O'Connell - 5th of 39 (1:55.61)
Mark Hogan - 13th (1:58.66)

1000 Meter Run

Chris Fitzsimons - 3rd of 33 (2:27.52)
Joseph Capecci - 7th (2:29.47)

Mile Run

Brian Tetreault - 2nd of 29 (4:09.99)
Jason Apwah - 5th (4:17.00)
Joseph LoRusso - 7th (4:17.26)
Matt Wikler - 12th (4:21.07)

3000 Meter Run

Brian Long - 1st of 28 (8:06.59)
Mathew Mildenhall - 2nd (8:06.96)
Hugo Beamish - 3rd (8:08.58)

5000 Meter Run

John Pickhaver - 3rd of 16 (14:52.42)
Greg Morrin - 5th (14:56.49)

Long Jump

Lazaro Tiant - 18th of 26 (6.17m)

Shot Put

Frank Anuszewski - 15th of 23 (14.23m)

Weight Throw

Frank Anuszewski - 9th of 25 (16.07m)