WILLIAMSBURG, Va.--Sophomore middle distance runner Ben Malone (River Vale, N.J.) won the seeded section of the 1500 meters and was one of three Villanova athletes who registered personal best times at the Colonial Relays on Friday afternoon. Two days of competition at Zable Stadium started on a strong note for the Wildcats, who scored 21 team points on the day.
Malone recorded a time of 3:45.73 in the 1500 meters and finished two-thirds of a second ahead of the runner-up from Columbia and the rest of the field of 59 runners. His time beat his previous personal best of 3:46.97, set in high school, by more than a second. Redshirt freshman Grant Wiggins (Norfolk, Va.) and sophomore Drake Johnston (Santa Monica, Calif.) also competed in the 1500 meters. They posted times of 4:07.51 and 4:08.64, respectively.
Freshman sprinter Sterling Pierce (Voorhees, N.J.) came up big for Villanova in the sprint events. He placed fifth and scored team points in the 200 meters, in addition to carrying the fourth-fastest time in the preliminary heats of the 100 meters into Saturday afternoon’s final. Pierce registered a time of 21.34 in the 200 meters and established a new personal best mark with that time. He ran the 100 meters in 10.78 to rank fourth overall out of 61 athletes in the preliminaries.
Also competing in the sprints were senior Donald Urschel (East Brunswick, N.J.) and redshirt freshman Bryant Herlocker (Wilmette, Ill.). Urschel came in 24th in the preliminaries of the 100 meters in 11.07 and tied for 34th place in the 200 meters in 22.28. Herlocker crossed the finish line in the 100 meters with a personal best time of 11.61, while also producing a time of 23.02 in the 200 meters.
Two other Wildcats recorded top-eight finishes during Friday’s action. Freshman Pearson Feagans (Dallas, Texas) competed in the seeded section of the long jump and wound up fourth out of 13 athletes with a mark of 6.95 meters. Feagans was in eighth place after three jumps and was one of nine competitors who advanced to take three more jumps. He registered the mark of 6.95 meters on his fourth overall attempt.
Freshman Henry Sise (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.) had his best collegiate performance in the shot put. Competing in the unseeded section of the event, he threw for a distance of 14.22 meters and finished seventh out of 37 athletes. Junior Dan Sullivan (North Hampton, N.H.) finished 13th with a throw of 13.83 meters, while freshman Daniel Timko (Shillington, Pa.) tied for a 31st place finish (12.31m).
Villanova is in ninth place out of 36 teams who have scored thus far in the meet. Action picks back up on Saturday morning.