Wildcats Claim Victory in Four Events at Big Five Invite
March 26, 2012
In a successful opening to the outdoor season Villanova won four different events in the Big Five Invite at Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon, including two individual running events, one relay and one field event. There was no team scoring at the competition, which was the Wildcats first of the spring season.
Redshirt freshman Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led a group of six Villanova runners in the 1500 meters and finished first with a winning time of 3:58.95. Solis crossed the finish line nearly a full second faster than the runner-up from Columbia and was one of only three runners in the field of 35 that broke the four-minute mark.
One of the most encouraging signs for the Wildcats in the meet was receiving several strong performances in the sprints. Junior Carlton Bowers (Springfield, N.J.) and freshman Bryan Murphy (Teaneck, N.J.) were the top two finishers in the 400 meters, with Bowers recording a first place time of 48.81 and Murphy placing second in 49.17. In addition junior Nicoy Hines (Paterson, N.J.) was the runner-up in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 53.75.
Villanova was victorious in the 4x400 meter relay and registered a time of 3:16.80 to win the event. Hines led off the relay and was followed by Murphy, Bowers and freshman Jake Stillings (Wyckoff, N.J.).
Also noteworthy for the Wildcats were excellent showings in the field events. Senior Frank Anuszewski (Pottstown, Pa.) won the hammer throw with a personal best toss of 55.85 meters and also came in second in the discus with a distance of 43.10 meters.
In the javelin freshmen Chris Glennie (Fallsington, Pa.) and Connor Milanaik (Gladstone, N.J.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively in their first collegiate competition. Glennie threw for a distance of 51.47 meters and Milanaik was close behind with a throw of 49.77 meters.
Junior Lazaro Tiant (Roselle, N.J.) led the Villanova athletes in the jumps with a second place finish in the long jump (6.54m). Freshman Matthew Sidney (Canton, Mass.) placed sixth in the long jump (6.16m) and also tied for fourth place in the high jump (1.93m) along with classmate Elbert Maxwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Senior George Bodziock (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) placed seventh in the triple jump (12.29m) and eighth in the long jump (5.77m).
This coming weekend the Wildcats will send athletes to two different events, including the Texas Relays as well as the local Danny Curran Invitational.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Carlton Bowers 1st of 18 48.81 Bryan Murphy 2nd 49.17 David Stillings 14th 52.17 Matt Whalen 15th 52.44 Cory Serfoss 17th 53.04
400 Meter Hurdles
Nicoy Hines 2nd of 7 53.75
Dusty Solis 1st of 35 3:58.95 John Castillo 10th 4:03.39 Philip O'Connell 14th 4:04.25 Joseph Capecci 15th 4:04.88 Daniel Norman 18th 4:05.29 Charlie Bates 21st 4:08.37
4x400 Meter Relay
Villanova 1st of 8 3:16.80
Frank Anuszewski 1st of 10 55.85m Drew King 7th 40.34m Billy Berrigan 9th 37.32m
Frank Anuszewski 2nd of 10 43.10m
Chris Glennie 4th of 9 51.47m Connor Milanaik 5th 49.77m
Lazaro Tiant 2nd of 9 6.54m Matthew Sidney 6th 6.16m George Bodziock 8th 5.77m
George Bodziock 7th 12.29m
Matthew Sidney tie-4th of 7 1.93m Elbert Maxwell tie-4th 1.93m