Feb. 2, 2013
NEW YORK - The season to this point has been an undefeated one for junior Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) and he continued his remarkable streak with a fourth consecutive victory at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Friday night. His thrilling win in the championship section of the 500 meters was the highlight for Villanova during the first day of competition at the New York Armory this weekend.
Ellison has now run four races and produced four wins this season, with his latest effort coming tonight in his first 500 meters race of the year. In an incredible finish Ellison held off Kyle Clemons of Kansas by just one-hundredth of a second, crossing the finish line in 1:01.31 to pace a field of 16 runners. He and Clemons each ran in the third of three sections of the competition and that section produced four of the top six placers in the field.
Just one second separated the first four runners across the finish line but in the end Ellison won his fourth straight race, a streak that now includes wins in three different events. He has also recorded two wins in the 1000 meters and one victory in the 800 meters this season.
In the college section of the 500 meters graduate student Kyle Chou (Wilmington, Del.) ran a personal best time of 1:04.79 to finish as the runner-up in a field of 46 runners. He placed second out of eight in his individual section.
A strong group competed for the Wildcats in the championship section of the 1000 meters, led by a third place finish out of 43 entries from redshirt freshman Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.). In his first collegiate 1000 meters race Denault crossed the finish line in 2:24.61 to lead a group of five Villanova runners in the event. Junior Richie Bohny (Holmdel, N.J.) recorded his third straight personal best time in the event with a mark of 2:29.23, good for 16th place in the field. Junior Chris O'Sullivan (Havertown, Pa.) came in 24th with a time of 2:30.95, while junior Chris Pietrocarlo (Hampstead, N.H.) and graduate student Andrew Golato (Springfield, Pa.) were 31st (2:33.66) and 33rd (2:34.54), respectively.
In the college section of the 400 meters freshman Donald Urschel (East Brunswick, N.J.) gave the Wildcats a strong showing with a 19th place finish out of 107 competitors. He was the runner-up in his individual heat and registered a time of 49.27 in his first collegiate 400 meters race. Sophomore Jake Stillings (Wyckoff, N.J.) tallied his third straight personal best time in the event with a mark of 50.95, while classmate Cory Serfoss (Easton, Pa.) crossed the finish line with a time of 51.53.
Sophomore Matthew Sidney (Canton, Mass.) competed in the college section of the high jump and recorded a season best mark of 2.04 meters. He tied for third place out of eight athletes that competed in the event and cleared two meters for the first time this season.
Another busy day awaits Villanova on Saturday, as the team will be competing in nine different events. Highlighting the day are the championship sections of the 800 meters and the Mile.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
400 Meters College
Donald Urschel 19th of 107 49.27 2nd of 4 (Heat 6) Jake Stillings 74th 50.95 4th of 6 (Heat 21) Cory Serfoss 86th 51.53 5th of 6 (Heat 9)
500 Meters Championship
Samuel Ellison 1st of 16 1:01.31 1st of 5 (Section 3)
500 Meters College
Kyle Chou 2nd of 46 1:04.79 2nd of 8 (Section 5)
1000 Meters Championship
Rob Denault 3rd of 43 2:24.61 Richie Bohny 16th 2:29.23 Chris O'Sullivan 24th 2:30.95 Chris Pietrocarlo 31st 2:33.66 Andrew Golato 33rd 2:34.54
High Jump College
Matthew Sidney tie-3rd of 8 2.04 meters
Long Jump College
Lazaro Tiant tie-34th of 45 6.16 meters