May 11, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Junior Elbert Maxwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the BIG EAST title in the long jump and also registered a third place finish in the high jump on Saturday night as the BIG EAST Championships got underway. Villanova is in third place in the team standings with five events scored through the first day of competition. Action began bright and early with the multi events on Saturday morning and ended late in the evening at Villanova Stadium due in part to a four-hour delay caused by lightning.
The start of the conference meet brought about a number of strong results for the Wildcats, who produced points in each of the five scored events. Villanova has 31 points and trails Georgetown (65) and Marquette (42) in the team standings, with the majority of the points to be awarded tomorrow.
Maxwell registered a jump of 7.12 meters in the long jump to come in first out of 12 competitors. This is the fifth time that the Wildcats have had the BIG EAST outdoor long jump champion and the first time since Mark Rainey won the last of this three titles in the event 24 years ago.
In the high jump both Maxwell and junior Matthew Sidney (Canton, Mass.) scored points. Maxwell was third with a height of 2.04 meters and Sidney came in seventh with a mark of 1.89 meters. Maxwell will earn All-BIG EAST honors in the high jump for his top-three finish.
Senior Drew King (New Haven, Conn.) surpassed 50 meters in the hammer for the first time in his career and came in fifth in the competition with a personal best throw of 50.26 meters. Sophomore James Rowen (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) also scored in the hammer and finished in eighth place (46.12m).
The first men's running event did not take place until after 7:30 p.m. due to the weather-related delays earlier in the day. The revised schedule turned the 3000 meter steeplechase and the 10000 meters into late night affairs. Senior Greg Morrin (Hockessin, Del.) recorded a sixth place finish in the 3000 meter steeplechase and crossed the finish line in 9:21.93.
In the 10000 meters junior Robert Hurlbut (Rochester, N.Y.) and redshirt freshman Kevin Corbusier (Monkton, Md.) finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Hurlbut had a time of 31:06.81 and Corbusier finished just over three seconds behind him in 31:10.12.
Preliminary heats were held for four running events and Villanova has a total of seven athletes that advanced to the final of their respective events. Freshman Vince Thompson (Pipersville, Pa.) advanced on time to the finals of both the 100 meters and the 200 meters. He came in third in his heat of the 200 meters with a time of 22.19 and finished fourth in his preliminary heat of the 100 meters in 11.19.
In the preliminaries of the 400 meters junior Bryan Murphy (Teaneck, N.J.) won his heat with a personal best time of 48.06 to automatically reach the final. He will be joined there by freshman Ayomide Obadare (Elmont, N.Y.) and sophomore Donald Urschel (East Brunswick, N.J.), who each came in second in their heats. Obadare had a time of 48.52 and Urschel crossed the finish line in 48.99 in his race.
Seniors Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) and Chris FitzSimons (Hamden, Conn.) were each automatic qualifiers for the final in the 800 meters. Ellison won his preliminary heat with a time of 1:51.82, while FitzSimons was the runner-up in a different heat with a time of 1:50.36. That is the fastest outdoor 800 meters time for FitzSimons since the 2012 Virginia Challenge and ranks as the second-fastest outdoor race he has run in the event as a collegian.
The first five events in the decathlon took place on Saturday morning before any of the bad weather hit. Freshman PJ Succi (Warminster, Pa.) currently is in the lead with 3,163 points in the decathlon, while sophomore Robert Cacace (Yonkers, N.Y.) is third with 2,762 points.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
3000 Meter Steeplechase
Greg Morrin 6th of 11 9:21.93
Robert Hurltbut 6th of 13 31:06.81 Kevin Corbusier 7th 31:10.12 Brent Johnson 11th 31:48.51
Elbert Maxwell 3rd of 8 2.04m Matthew Sidney 7th 1.89m
Elbert Maxwell 1st of 12 7.12m
Drew King 5th of 10 50.26m James Rowen 8th 46.12m John McDonald 10th 37.33m
100 Meters (Preliminaries)
Vince Thompson 7th of 10 11.19
200 Meters (Preliminaries)
Vince Thompson 5th of 12 22.19
400 Meters (Preliminaries)
Bryan Murphy 2nd of 15 48.06 Ayomide Obadare 5th 48.52 Donald Urschel 6th 48.99
800 Meters (Preliminaries)
Samuel Ellison 3rd of 18 1:51.82 Chris FitzSimons 4th 1:50.36 Josh Lampron 9th 1:51.40 Chris O'Sullivan 12th 1:53.13 Chris Pietrocarlo 18th 2:02.62
Decathlon #1 - 100 Meters
PJ Succi 1st of 4 11.55 Robert Cacace 4th 12.12
Decathlon #2 - Long Jump
PJ Succi 3rd of 4 6.15m Robert Cacace 4th 5.76m
Decathlon #3 - Shot Put
Robert Cacace 1st of 4 11.40m PJ Succi 3rd 9.71m
Decathlon #4 - High Jump
PJ Succi tie-1st of 4 1.79m Robert Cacace 4th 1.67m
Decathlon #5 - 400 Meters
PJ Succi 1st of 4 52.22 Robert Cacace 4th 57.32