May 11, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - A dominant performance on its own home track helped lead Villanova to the team title at the outdoor BIG EAST Championships on Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats set a conference meet record with 225.5 points and easily won the sixth outdoor championship in program history. This is the first outdoor win for Villanova since 1986 and it completes a 2013-14 triple crown for the Wildcats, who also won the league cross country and indoor track & field titles. Head coach Marcus O'Sullivan and his staff were named the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year and Villanova won six individual events en route to the team victory.
This is the first time in program history that the Wildcats have completed a BIG EAST triple crown. The only other school to ever accomplish the feat is Georgetown, which did so in 1987-88, 1989-90 and 1994-95. Villanova won today's team title by a big margin over runner-up DePaul (166) and the rest of the seven-team field.
Sophomore Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) and junior Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) registered a 1-2 finish in the 1500 meters, which was the first individual race held on Sunday afternoon. Later in the day freshman Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) and junior Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) repeated the trick with a 1-2 finish in the 5000 meters. Sophomore Aaron Sandifer (Harrisburg, N.C.) was the conference champion in the 110 meter hurdles and Villanova also closed out the meet by winning the final event, the 4x400 meter relay. The lineup of sophomore Donald Urschel (East Brunswick, N.J.), freshman Ayomide Obadare (Elmont, N.Y.), junior Bryan Murphy (Teaneck, N.J.) and senior Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) had a winning time of 3:12.17 in the relay.
Yesterday evening junior Elbert Maxwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the long jump competition on the first day of the meet, while freshman PJ Succi (Warminster, Pa.) won the decathlon title. Succi also came in third in the individual 110 meter hurdles with a time of 17.19 and immediately after ran the decathlon 1500 meters to close out his multi-event victory with 5,446 points. He still was not done for the day though, as he tallied a seventh place finish in the pole vault (4.00m) to add two more points to the team total. Succi single-handedly accounted for 18 points towards the Wildcats total.
Villanova finished the meet with a combined 20 top-three finishes in the 22 scored events. The six individual victories extend the Wildcats league record to 108 events won in the 35-year history of the meet. This is the 23rd time that the outdoor BIG EAST Championships were held at Villanova Stadium.
Williamsz won the 1500 meters in 3:47.16 and Denault was right on his heels with a time of 3:47.65 in second place. Juniors Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed fifth and Charlie Bates (Hoboken, N.J.) came in fifth (3:49.37) and ninth (3:53.24), respectively. The 110 meter hurdles immediately followed the 1500 meters and the combination of Sandifer (15.19) and Succi (17.19) gave Villanova 16 more team points and pushed the Wildcats into the lead.
As the afternoon began to unfold it looked like there could end up being a memorable finish in the team standings. DePaul had a 1-2 finish in the 400 meters and Blue Demons freshman Xavier Jones won both the 100 meters and the 200 meters. He led a 1-2-3 sweep for DePaul in the 200 meters and with 16 events scored Villanova and the Blue Demons were in a tie for the lead with 147 points apiece.
Then all of a sudden it was not even close. While Tiernan and company were in the midst of running the 5000 meters the results came in for both the triple jump and the javelin. Freshman Denis Ostick (Havertown, Pa.) finished sixth in the triple jump (12.79m) and DePaul had an athlete come in seventh. That result put Villanova back into the lead, 150-149.
In the javelin junior Chris Glennie (Fallsington, Pa.) came in second with a throw of 57.59 meters, freshman Sean Locke (Horsham, Pa.) was third (56.38m) and bothers Ryan Milanaik (Mendham, N.J.) and Connor Milanaik (Mendham, N.J.) were fifth (54.12m) and sixth (53.65m), respectively. They combined for 21 more team points and shortly after the result was posted Villanova accumulated another 21 points in the 5000 meters. By that time the Wildcats had clinched the title.
Tiernan had a winning time of 13:56.01 in the 5000 meters, while McEntee (14:22.13) was second and junior Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.) finished sixth (14:37.69).
A quartet that consisted of Urschel, freshman Vince Thompson (Pipersville, Pa.), Murphy and Sandifer came in second in the 4x100 meter relay in 42.64. Murphy also finished third in the 400 meters with a personal best time of 47.85, while Urschel was fourth (48.73) and Obadare fifth (48.78).
In the 400 meter hurdles sophomore Joseph Messick (Montgomery, N.J.) finished as the runner-up with a time of 54.92. Freshman Kyle Cartwright (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) was third (55.20) and junior Cory Serfoss (Easton, Pa.) fourth (55.61), while freshman Peter Winslow (Stratham, N.H.) was ninth (59.79).
Ellison came in second in the final of the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.18 after a terrific finish against Georgetown's Ahmed Bile. Ellison and Bile were two seconds ahead of the pack and they went head-to-head down the final straightaway with any gap space between them nearly impossible to discern. Bile crossed the finish line in 1:49.04 and Ellison recorded a time of 1:49.18.
Freshman Kolby Koeck (Altoona, Pa.) and senior Chris Dougherty (Cherry Hill, N.J.) both earned spots on the awards podium in the pole vault. Koeck finished second with height of 4.60 meters and Dougherty cleared the bar at 4.45 meters to tie for third place.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Vince Thompson 4th of 7 11.00
110 Meter Hurdles
Aaron Sandifer 1st of 5 15.19 PJ Succi 3rd 17.19
Vince Thompson 5th of 6 21.94
Bryan Murphy 3rd of 8 47.85 Donald Urschel 4th 48.73 Ayomide Obadare 6th 48.78
400 Meter Hurdles
Joseph Messick 2nd of 8 54.92 Kyle Cartwright 3rd 55.20 Cory Serfoss 4th 55.61 Peter Winslow 8th 59.79
Samuel Ellison 2nd of 8 1:49.18 Chris FitzSimons 4th 1:51.53
Jordy Williamsz 1st of 14 3:47.16 Rob Denault 2nd 3:47.65 Dusty Solis 5th 3:49.37 Charlie Bates 9th 3:53.24
Patrick Tiernan 1st of 14 13:56.01 Sam McEntee 2nd 14:22.13 Brian Basili 6th 14:37.69 Harry Warnick 9th 14:56.11 Tom Trainer 10th 15:00.95
4x100 Meter Relay
Donald Urschel Vince Thompson Bryan Murphy Aaron Sandifer
4x400 Meter Relay
> Villanova 1st of 7 3:12.17 Donald Urschel Ayomide Obadare Bryan Murphy Samuel Ellison
4x800 Meter Relay
Villanova 2nd of 7 7:34.83 Charlie Bates Rob Denault Chris O'Sullivan Josh Lampron
> Kolby Koeck 2nd of 7 4.60m Chris Dougherty tie-3rd 4.45m PJ Succi 7th 4.00m
Denis Ostick 6th of 10 12.79m
James Rowen 7th of 9 13.69m Dan Sullivan 8th 13.61m
Drew King 8th of 12 38.22m Dan Sullivan 9th 37.81m Ryan Milanaik 11th 32.44m
Chris Glennie 2nd of 8 57.59m Sean Locke 3rd 56.38m Ryan Milanaik 5th 54.12m Connor Milanaik 6th 53.65m
Decathlon - Final Results
PJ Succi 1st of 3 5446 Points
Decathlon #6 - 110 Meter Hurdles
PJ Succi 2nd of 3 16.63
Decathlon #7 - Discus
Robert Cacace 2nd of 4 26.38m PJ Succi 4th 23.15m
Decathlon #8 - Pole Vault
PJ Succi 2nd of 3 3.95m
Decathlon #9 - Javelin
PJ Succi 1st of 2 35.14m
Decathlon #10 - 1500 Meters
PJ Succi 1st of 3 5:48.59