April 5, 2013
The highlight of the first day of competition at the Colonial Relays for Villanova was provided by junior distance runner Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.), who won his heat of the 3000 meter steeplechase even after falling and suffering an injury during the middle of the race. He continued on and made the final jumps despite the fall and crossed the finish line with a BIG EAST qualifying time. His effort stood out on a strong day of competition overall for the Wildcats, who will wrap up the two-day meet at Zable Stadium on Saturday.
Basili ran the steeplechase for the first time wearing the Villanova uniform and he registered a time of 9:20.10, which was the seventh fastest overall out of 28 runners and also was the top time in his individual heat by a margin of more than four seconds. Senior Greg Morrin (Hockessin, Del.) was fourth overall in the steeplechase with a personal best time of 9:18.99.
There were also strong performances for the Wildcats in the 1500 meters. In the Championship section of the race sophomore Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came in 11th out of 39 runners with a personal best time of 3:49.53. Classmate Chris O'Sullivan (Havertown, Pa.) also established a new personal best time and finished 19th in the race in 3:53.35.Redshirt freshman Tom Trainer (Havertown, Pa.) competed in the University section of the 1500 meters and came in eighth out of 41 competitors with a time of 4:03.07.
In the sprint events freshman Donald Urschel (East Brunswick, N.J.) won his heat in the 200 meters with a time of 22.43. He took first in the fourth heat and was 20th overall out of 56 sprinters in the event. Freshman Alex Reber (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was 22nd overall and fourth in his heat with a time of 22.56 and graduate student Kyle Chou (Wilmington, Del.) finished sixth in the same heat in 23.41.
Each of those three runners also competed in the 400 meters, with Chou having the top time for Villanova. He came in third in his heat and ranked ninth overall out of 54 runners with a time of 49.49. Reber and Urschel were 12th and 13th, respectively, with times of 49.55 and 49.60.
The top finish in the field events for the Wildcats came from sophomore Elbert Maxwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who finished seventh in the long jump with a mark of 6.91 meters. Senior Lazaro Tiant (Roselle, N.J.) placed 26th out of the 41 competitors in the event with a jump of 6.43 meters.
In the javelin Connor Milanaik came in 10th with a throw of 51.43 meters.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
200 Meters (University)
Donald Urschel 20th of 56 22.43 1st of 5 (Heat 4) Alex Reber 22nd 22.56 4th of 7 (Heat 3) Kyle Chou 46th 23.41 6th of 7 (Heat 6)
400 Meters (University)
Kyle Chou 9th of 54 49.49 3rd of 7 (Heat 4) Alex Reber 12th 49.55 4th of 6 (Heat 1) Donald Urschel 13th 49.60 5th of 6 (Heat 1)
400 Meter Hurdles (University)
Joseph Messick 16th of 39 56.28 4th of 7 (Heat 2)
800 Meters (University)
Andrew Golato 22nd of 63 1:54.26 7th of 8 (Heat 3)
1500 Meters (Championship)
Dusty Solis 11th of 39 3:49.53 Chris O'Sullivan 19th 3:53.35
1500 Meters (University)
Tom Trainer 8th of 41 4:03.07
3000 Meter Steeplechase (University)
Greg Morrin 4th of 28 9:18.99 Brian Basili 7th 9:20.10
Elbert Maxwell 7th of 41 6.91m Lazaro Tiant 26th 6.43m
James Rowen 19th of 22 13.87m
Drew King 18th of 18 40.62m
Connor Milanaik 10th of 18 51.43m