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Wildcats Finish BIG EAST Triple Crown with Team Title at Outdoor Championships
Villanova won the outdoor BIG EAST title for the sixth time to complete the program's first ever conference triple crown (cross country, indoor and outdoor titles).

May 11, 2014

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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.


100 Meters

Vince Thompson            4th of 7            11.00

110 Meter Hurdles

Aaron Sandifer            1st of 5            15.19
PJ Succi                  3rd                 17.19

200 Meters

Vince Thompson            5th of 6            21.94

400 Meters

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

800 Meters

Samuel Ellison            2nd of 8            1:49.18
Chris FitzSimons          4th                 1:51.53

1500 Meters

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

5000 Meters

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

Pole Vault

Kolby Koeck               2nd of 7            4.60m
Chris Dougherty           tie-3rd             4.45m
PJ Succi                  7th                 4.00m

Triple Jump

Denis Ostick              6th of 10           12.79m

Shot Put

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