April 30, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The final day of the 117th Penn Relays was Saturday at Franklin Field and Villanova wrapped up competition with two relays during the day. In the Championship of America race for the 4xMile relay the Wildcats posted a fourth place finish, while the Villanova entry in the IC4A final of the 4x400 meter relay placed fifth.
In the 4xMile relay the Wildcats fielded a lineup of senior Brian Tetreault (Cinnaminson, N.J.), junior Mathew Mildenhall (Auckland, New Zealand), senior Carl Mackenzie (Lower Hutt, New Zealand) and senior Matthew Gibney (Albury, Australia) and finished fourth with a time of 16:26.40. Tetreault and Gibney each ran on Friday on Villanova's champion team in the distance medley relay.
Tetreault ran an opening split of 4:08.8 and when handed the baton off to Mildenhall the Wildcats were in third place and just 15 meters off the pace. Mildenhall followed with a terrific run and was clocked with a split of 4:02.3, which represented the fastest on the team for the race. At the midpoint of the relay Villanova held its position in third place and was just one second off the lead behind Indiana.
On the third leg of the race Mackenzie ran a 4:07.6 leg and handed off to Gibney for the anchor leg. Gibney matched Mackenzie with a split of 4:07.6 but that was only good enough for a fourth place finish. Princeton won the race in 16:19.98 as anchor Mark Amirault outkicked Duncan Phillips of Arkansas to give the Tigers the win.
The last running event of the weekend was the 4x400 meter relay, in which the Wildcats qualified for the IC4A final during preliminary heats held on Friday afternoon. In today's race the quartet of sophomore Nicoy Hines (Paterson, N.J.), freshman Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.), senior Christopher Kearney (Carlisle, Pa.) and sophomore Carlton Bowers (Springfield, N.J.) finished with a time of 3:11.24, nearly a full five seconds faster than in Friday's preliminary heat.
All but Bowers ran in the preliminaries on Friday including Ellison, who only 30 minutes earlier had been a part of the DMR championship squad. Bowers was a part of that relay as well and today anchored the 4x400 relay team with a split of 47.67 in the final leg.
With action now completed at the Penn Relays the Wildcats turn their attention to preparing for the BIG EAST Championships next weekend, which Villanova is hosting at Villanova Stadium.
NOTES: The Wildcats have won 18 championships in the 4xMile relay in their history at the Penn Relays ... This number is second only to the 20 titles won by Arkansas ... Villanova's title in the DMR yesterday was its record 24th in that event and the 94th championship at the Penn Relays in school history.