Feb. 5, 2012
NEW YORK - Junior Mathew Mildenhall (Auckland, New Zealand) produced the team's third individual victory of the weekend and Villanova finished strong at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Saturday at the New York Armory, where the Wildcats came in sixth out of the 27 teams that accumulated points during the two-day meet. Mildenhall won the 3000 meters on Saturday in his first race of the indoor season.
In the championship section of the 3000 meters Mildenhall crossed the finish line with a time of 8:06.23 to come in first out of 10 runners in a race that was tight throughout. His winning margin was more than 1.5 seconds despite the entire field being separated by less than eight seconds. Mildenhall held off the runner-up from Texas A&M, who came in second with a time of 8:07.95.
Villanova also won the Pennsylvania section of the 4x400 meter relay on Saturday afternoon. The lineup fielded by the Wildcats had a winning time of 3:19.38 and led a field of six local schools that took part in the race.
Juniors Alex Tully (Little Rock, Ark.) and Philip O'Connell (Rye, N.Y.) had terrific individual results in the college sections of the Mile and the 800 meters. Tully came in third out of 63 entries in the Mile with a time of 4:07.36 and shattered his previous personal best by more than five seconds. The old top time for Tully of 4:12.88 had been set only two weeks ago at the 2012 Great Dane Classic, also held at the Armory.
O'Connell, meanwhile, had a great run in the 800 meters and finished seventh out of 72 runners. He recorded a time of 1:53.85 and qualified for both the BIG EAST Championships and the IC4A Championship with that mark. This is the first postseason qualification of the season for O'Connell, who bested his previous personal best in the 800 meters by nearly two seconds.
The top result for Villanova in the field events on Saturday came from freshman Elbert Maxwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in the high jump. Maxwell competed in the Eastern section of the event and finished as the individual runner-up by clearing a height of 2.07 meters. Maxwell set a new personal best with that mark and also earned a BIG EAST Championships and IC4A Championship qualifying mark. Classmate Matthew Sidney (Canton, Mass.) finished fourth with a height of 1.99 meters.
In the championship section of the weight throw senior Frank Anuszewski (Pottstown, Pa.) finished 13th out of 37 competitors with a distance of 17.48 meters. His effort marked the second time this season that he has surpassed 17 meters.
Next on the schedule for the Wildcats is the world-famous Millrose Games next Saturday in New York.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
800 Meters (College)
Philip O'Connell 7th of 72 1:53.85 John Castillo 57th 1:59.17
Mile Run (College)
Alex Tully 3rd of 63 4:07.36 Dan Harris 31st 4:17.21
3000 Meters (Championship)
Mathew Mildenhall 1st of 10 8:06.23
3000 Meters (College)
Brian Basili 16th of 29 8:27.44
5000 Meters (College)
John Pickhaver 10th of 24 14:50.03
4x400 Meter Relay (Pennsylvania)
Villanova 1st of 6 3:19.38
High Jump (Eastern)
Elbert Maxwell 2nd of 8 2.07m Matthew Sidney 4th 1.99m
Weight Throw (Championship)
Frank Anuszewski 13th of 37 17.48m