May 26, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.--On the first day of competition at the NCAA East Regional at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex on the Indiana University campus Villanova had three athletes advance to the quarterfinals of their respective events. Sophomore Nicoy Hines (Paterson, N.J.) automatically qualified in the 400 meter hurdles, as did seniors Brian Tetreault (Cinnaminson, N.J.) and Matthew Gibney (Albury, Australia) in the 1500 meters.
In the 400 meter hurdles Hines automatically qualified for the quarterfinals on Friday night by finishing third in the sixth heat in Thursday afternoon's first round. He came down the straightaway in a tight race for third place and the final automatic qualifying spot with Allen Senegal of Jackson State and Nick Harold of Memphis but pulled away in the final 50 meters to finish in 52.27.
Tetreault and Gibney each finished in the top five of their respective heats and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1500 meters on Saturday evening. Tetreault ran in the first heat and made a strong push over the final 200 meters to ensure his spot in the top five and register a time of 3:49.06.
Gibney, meanwhile, competed in the third heat and placed second in a strong overall race. He was in the top three from start to finish, maintaining his position in a tight pack near the finish line and coming in with a time of 3:48.45.
The final event on Thursday night was the 10000 meters, in which senior Keith Capecci (New Hope, Pa.) came in 21st with a time of 29:51.43. The race was run in a steady wind-blown rain on a wet surface. Capecci stayed with the main pack of runners throughout the race and maintained his standing as the pack stretched out during the final laps of the race.
Villanova will have just one competitor in action on Friday, as Hines will race in the quarterfinals of the 400 meter hurdles starting at 7:15 p.m.