Feb. 18, 2012
NEW YORK - Fifth-year seniors Hugo Beamish (Havelock North, New Zealand) and Ryan Sheridan (Melville, N.Y.) formed a one-two punch in the 5000 meters and thanks in part to their efforts Villanova sits atop the team standings with 31 points halfway through the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships being contested at the New York Armory this weekend.
Thanks to All-BIG EAST performances in three different events the Wildcats scored 31 points in competition on Saturday and currently lead Syracuse (28) and the rest of the field of 12 teams. Villanova added to the 1-2 finish in the 5000 meters by coming in second in the distance medley relay as well as third in the weight throw.
Beamish successfully defended his individual conference title in the 5000 meters despite running his very first race of the current season. Beamish and Sheridan ran close to each other for much of the race before Beamish pulled away to win with a time of 14:06.40. Sheridan was close behind with a time of 14:10.73 and will join Beamish in receiving All-BIG EAST honors.
In the distance medley relay the Wildcats fielded a lineup of redshirt freshman Chris O'Sullivan (Havertown, Pa.), freshman Bryan Murphy (Teaneck, N.J.), senior Brian Tetreault (Cinnaminson, N.J.) and junior Mathew Mildenhall (Auckland, New Zealand). The quartet finished with a time of 9:49.84 and trailed only Providence (9:41.26) and Georgetown (9:42.65).
O'Sullivan led off the DMR with a split of 3:01.3 over 1200 meters. He had individually qualified this weekend for the 1000 meters and the Mile but gave up his spot in both events in order to run the distance medley relay. He was followed by Murphy with a split of 48.6 in the 400 meters leg, while Tetreault (1:53.1) and Mildenhall (4:06.4) also looked strong over the second half of the relay.
Senior Frank Anuszewski (Pottstown, Pa.) earned All-BIG EAST honors with a career-best performance in the weight throw. He surpassed a distance of 18 meters for only the second time in his collegiate career and came in third out of 15 competitors with a throw of 18.76 meters. Anuszewski previously threw 18.69 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational earlier this season. This is the second straight year that Anuszewski has scored team points in the weight throw and the first time that he has earned All-BIG EAST accolades.
In addition to the events which concluded on Saturday the Wildcats also advanced eight athletes to the finals of their respective events on Sunday afternoon. From that group sophomore Samuel McEntee (Perth, Australia) leads the way after posting the fastest overall time in the Mile during the preliminary heats.
Villanova had four entries in the preliminaries of the Mile and all four moved on to the finals. McEntee recorded a time of 4:10.90 to win his heat and the Wildcats also qualified junior Alex Tully (Little Rock, Ark.), senior Joseph LoRusso (Oak Hill, Va.) and redshirt freshman Dan Harris (Clifton Park, N.Y.).
Tully finished with a time of 4:12.14 and automatically advanced to the finals by placing second in his preliminary heat. He caught a Georgetown runner at the finish line to secure his spot in the finals, coming in seven-hundredths of a second ahead of the third-place finisher in his heat. LoRusso and Harris posted times of 4:13.11 and 4:13.14, respectively.
In the 1000 meters Tetreault had the second-fastest time out of 17 competitors and crossed the finish line in 2:29.61. He will be joined in the finals by redshirt freshman Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who ran in the faster of the two preliminary heats and advanced on time to the finals with a mark of 2:27.22.
The other Wildcats who advanced to the finals on Sunday are sophomores Chris Fitzsimons (Hamden, Conn.) and Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.), who moved on in the 800 meters and the 500 meters, respectively. Fitzsimons came in second in the 800 meters (1:54.12) and Ellison posted a personal best time and finished fifth overall in the 500 meters (1:01.81). Ellison had set his previous personal best of 1:01.92 in the 500 meters earlier this month at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational held at the Armory.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
BIG EAST Championships
New York Armory
Team Standings (Day 1 of 2)
Villanova 1st of 12 31 Points
Hugo Beamish 1st of 22 14:06.40 Ryan Sheridan 2nd 14:10.73 Matt Kane 8th 14:22.73 Greg Morrin 20th 15:12.79
Distance Medley Relay
Villanova 3rd of 10 9:49.84 Chris O'Sullivan 1200 Meters 3:01.3 Bryan Murphy 400 Meters 48.60 Brian Tetreault 800 Meters 1:53.1 Mathew Mildenhall 1600 Meters 4:06.40
Frank Anuszewski 3rd of 15 18.76m
Elbert Maxwell 10th of 12 6.80m
Chris Dougherty 11th of 11 4.20m
Samuel Ellison 5th of 12 1:01.81
Chris Fitzsimons 2nd of 12 1:54.12 Philip O'Connell 12th 1:59.44
Brian Tetreault 2nd of 17 2:29.61 Dusty Solis 8th 2:27.22 Chris Pietrocarlo 15th 2:33.76 Richie Bohny 17th 2:35.66
Samuel McEntee 1st of 23 4:10.90 Alex Tully 4th 4:12.14 Joseph LoRusso 8th 4:13.11 Dan Harris 10th 4:13.14