Feb. 19, 2012
NEW YORK - A conference title in the 4x800 meter relay and three individual all-conference performances made for a successful day for Villanova, which came in fourth in the team standings in the BIG EAST Championships at the New York Armory as the conference meet concluded on Sunday afternoon.
A close race in the 4x800 meter relay went the way of the Wildcats thanks to terrific runs by sophomores Samuel McEntee (Perth, Australia) and Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) on the final two legs of the relay. McEntee ran a split of 1:51.4 on the third leg of the relay and Ellison anchored Villanova with a split of 1:49.4 as the Wildcats held off Notre Dame by less than a second to win the race. Senior Brian Tetreault (Cinnaminson, N.J.) and sophomore Chris Fitzsimons (Hamden, Conn.) ran the first half of the relay with splits of 1:53.6 and 1:53.1, respectively.
Each of the four runners on the relay scored team points individually as well, with McEntee and Ellison earning All-BIG EAST honors for their efforts. For the second straight day and the third time this season Ellison registered a personal best time in the 500 meters and he came in second overall with a time of 1:01.17. That is currently the fourth-fastest time in the world in the 500 meters this year and Ellison was beat out only by Pittsburgh's Brycen Spratling, who set the Armory collegiate record with a time of 1:00.63.
McEntee was the runner-up in the Mile with a time of 4:05.92 after leading for much of the race before coming up short by just 0.44 seconds to Jeremy Rae of Notre Dame, who fought McEntee head-to-head during the final lap of the race before surging to the win. Junior Joseph LoRusso (Oak Hill, Va.) came in seventh in the mile with a time of 4:11.74.
In the 3000 meters junior Mathew Mildenhall (Auckland, New Zealand) received All-BIG EAST honors with a third place finish and a time of 8:04.45. He was one of three scorers in the event for the Wildcats, who also had fifth-year seniors Ryan Sheridan (Melville, N.Y.) and Hugo Beamish (Havelock North, New Zealand) place fifth and seventh, respectively. Sheridan crossed the finish line in 8:05.79 and Beamish finished in 8:11.67 one day after the pair, led by Beamish, came in first and second in the 5000 meters.
Additional team points for Villanova came from three separate fifth place finishes. Tetreault came in fifth in the 1000 meters (2:31.02), Fitzsimons finished fifth in the 800 meters (1:54.13) after overcoming being tripped up during the race and freshman Matthew Sidney (Canton, Mass.) tied for fifth place in the high jump by clearing a height of 2.04 meters.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
BIG EAST Championships
New York Armory
Team Standings (Day 2 of 2)
Villanova 4th of 13 83
Brian Tetreault 5th 2:31.02 Dusty Solis 9th 2:33.02
Chris Fitzsimons 5th 1:54.13
Samuel McEntee 2nd 4:05.92 Joseph LoRusso 7th 4:11.74 Alex Tully 11th 4:13.77 Dan Harris 12th 4:14.47
Samuel Ellison 2nd 1:01.17
Mathew Mildenhall 3rd 8:04.45 Ryan Sheridan 5th 8:05.79 Hugo Beamish 7th 8:11.67 Brian Basili 21st 8:36.46
4x800 Meter Relay
Villanova 1st of 10 7:27.91 Brian Tetreault 1:53.6 Chris Fitzsimons 1:53.1 Samuel McEntee 1:51.4 Samuel Ellison 1:49.4
Matthew Sidney 5th of 13 2.04m Elbert Maxwell tie-12th 1.94m
Frank Anuszewski 15th of 15 14.42m