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Basili Wins Heat of Steeplechase After Mid-Race Fall at Colonial Relays
Junior Brian Basili heroically won his heat of the 3000 meter steeplechase on Friday night even after falling and being injured during the race.

April 5, 2013

Complete Results

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.


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

Long Jump

Elbert Maxwell            7th of 41             6.91m
Lazaro Tiant              26th                  6.43m

Shot Put

James Rowen               19th of 22            13.87m


Drew King                 18th of 18            40.62m


Connor Milanaik           10th of 18            51.43m