Jan. 26, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Two days of competition at the Penn State National came to a close on Saturday evening with a number of sensational performances for Villanova at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track, as the Wildcats scored wins in three invitational events and saw five different runners register personal best times in their respective races.
Juniors Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) and Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) provided the individual highlights for Villanova along with sophomore Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Each of the three captured an individual victory in a prestigious invitational race. Ellison won the 800 meters, McEntee opened up his indoor season with a win in the 3000 meters and Solis took first in the 1000 meters.
Ellison notched his third win in as many races this season with a winning time of 1:48.62 in a field of 14 runners. That is a season best time for Ellison, who had previously scored wins at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational as well as at the NYC Gotham Cup meet.
In the 3000 meters McEntee ran a personal best time of 8:08.39 to pace the field of 16 runners. He shaved more than five seconds off his fastest 3000 meters race from last season and had a margin of victory of nearly 1.5 seconds.
Solis and sophomore Charlie Bates (Hoboken, N.J.) each recorded new personal bests in the 1000 meters. Solis was first across the finish line out of eight entries with a time of 2:26.69, while Bates placed sixth in 2:29.83. Solis cut his previous top time down by more than half of a second while Bates' new personal best eclipsed his previous best effort by more than 10 seconds.
Not to be overshadowed was an incredible race from sophomore Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) in the invitational Mile. In only his second race of the season and his first-ever collegiate Mile race Denault came in second out of 12 runners with a time of 4:00.04. He missed by just a small fraction of a second becoming a part of the vaunted group of four-minute Villanova Milers.
Other noteworthy efforts for the Wildcats on Saturday came from senior Andrew Golato (Springfield, Pa.) in the 800 meters and sophomore Robert Hurlbut (Rochester, N.Y.) in the 3000 meters. Golato was strong in the 800 meters with a season best time of 1:52.89 and placed second out of 24 competitors. Hurlbut notched his second straight personal best time in the 3000 meters, crossing the finish line in 8:35.11 to place seventh in a field of 14 runners.
Villanova also ran its fastest time of the season in the 4x400 meter relay, where the Wildcats had a total time of 3:17.68 to finish sixth out of 13 competing teams.
Next weekend the Wildcats will compete at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday. That is the last meet prior to the BIG EAST Championships which come up in mid-February.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Donald Urschel 9th of 22 22.36 4th of 5 (Heat 2)
Kyle Chou 20th of 23 50.46 2nd of 5 (Heat 1)
800 Meters Invitational
Samuel Ellison 1st of 14 1:48.62
Andrew Golato 2nd of 24 1:52.89 Philip O'Connell tie-10th 1:56.22
1000 Meters Invitational
Dusty Solis 1st of 8 2:26.69 Charlie Bates 6th 2:29.83
Rob Denault 2nd of 12 4:00.04
Chris Pietrocarlo 16th of 19 4:24.16 Richie Bohny 18th 4:32.12
3000 Meters Invitational
Sam McEntee 1st of 16 8:08.39
Robert Hurlbut 7th of 14 8:35.11
4x400 Meter Relay
Villanova 6th of 13 3:17.68
Matthew Sidney 9th of 10 1.99m