Wildcats Finish Second in Distance Medley Relay at Penn Relays
April 25, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Sophomore Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) produced a split of 3:57 over the final 1600 meters and had a terrific anchor leg for Villanova in the distance medley relay on Friday afternoon. He finished off a relay for the Wildcats which featured junior Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia), senior Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) and junior Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) ahead of him as Villanova came in second in the Championship of America at Franklin Field with a time of 9:28.93.
Oregon won the relay with a time of 9:25.40. Both the Ducks and the Wildcats posted times that no team had run at the Relays since 2005, when Michigan won with a time of 9:22.57.
Williamsz came a long way during the final 1600 meters to get into second place. He was more than 25 meters off the pace after his first 400 meters but had trimmed off nearly half of that deficit with 600 meters to go. He was still in fourth place at that point but the anchor runner for Kentucky in third place was just ahead of Williamsz and made his move at that point to push the leaders from Oregon and Stanford.
When the bell sounded for the final 400 meters it was a four-team race between Stanford, Oregon, Kentucky and Villanova. Williamsz fell two seconds off the pace but made up the deficit and took a firm hold on second place with 200 meters to go. Oregon anchor Edward Cheserek surged ahead with 300 meters left and never looked back along the way to winning the race.
McEntee led off the relay with the 1200 meters leg for the Wildcats and mostly ran in the middle of the pack. The runners went out hard in the first 400 meters before settling in and McEntee was in fourth place at the first exchange.
When Ellison took the baton for the 400 meters leg of the relay he was in chase mode and made up ground for Villanova, which remained in fourth place at the second handoff. Solis ran the 800 meters leg and was in the middle of the pack when Williamsz took the baton for the anchor leg approximately five seconds off the pace.
In the heats of the 4x400 meter relay the quartet of junior Bryan Murphy (Teaneck, N.J.), sophomore Donald Urschel (East Brunswick, N.J.), freshman Ayomide Obadare (Elmont, N.Y.) and junior Cory Serfoss (Easton, Pa.) registered a time of 3:16.11 and came in fourth in their heat.
Senior Chris Dougherty (Cherry Hill, N.J.) cleared a height of 4.65 meters in the Eastern section of the pole vault and came in 13th out of 14 competitors. Dougherty was successful at 4.50 meters on his opening attempt of the day and then cleared 4.65 meters on his third and final try.