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Wildcats Win Four Events at Jack Pyrah Invitational
Dusty Solis established a new personal best in winning the Mile on Saturday afternoon at the Jack Pyrah Invitational.

Dec. 1, 2012

Complete Results

HAVERFORD, Pa. - In the first meet of the indoor season Villanova won four different events at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, which the Wildcats hosted at Haverford College on Saturday afternoon. The four event victories came in the middle distance events (1000 meters and Mile), one relay (4x400) and one field event (pole vault). A total of 10 local teams competed at the meet.

Sophomore distance runner Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the Mile with a personal best time of 4:16.04, lowering his previous top mark set last season (4:16.81) by more than three-quarters of a second. Villanova had four of the top five finishers and five of the top eight runners in the Mile. Sophomore Chris O'Sullivan (Havertown, Pa.) was two seconds behind Solis at the finish line and came in third (4:18.11), while junior Chris Pietrocarlo (Hampstead, N.H.) was fourth (4:21.11) and sophomore Charlie Bates (Hoboken, N.J.) fifth (4:21.47). Another second year runner, John Castillo (Mount Laurel, N.J.), placed eighth in the Mile with a time of 4:35.77.

In the 1000 meters junior Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) picked up a win for the Wildcats with a time of 2:30.61, while senior Andrew Golato (Springfield, Pa.) and junior Philip O'Connell (Rye, N.Y.) came in fourth and seventh, respectively. Ellison crossed the finish line more than a second ahead of the runner-up from La Salle to earn the win. Golato registered a time of 2:31.81 and O'Connell finished in 2:34.69.

Villanova fielded two entries in the 4x400 meter relay and both won their heat. The Wildcats "A" relay quartet had the fastest overall time out of 11 teams with a mark of 3:23.25, while the "B" entry for Villanova was fourth overall in 3:29.13.



Sophomore Charlie Kido (Nampa, Idaho) provided a highlight for the Wildcats in the field events and won the pole vault. He cleared a height of 4.35 meters, which is his top mark in a Villanova uniform. Also competing well in the field events for the Wildcats was junior Drew King (New Haven, Conn.), who came in fifth in the weight throw with a new personal best distance of 13.59 meters.

The annual Jack Pyrah Invitational is a good chance for Villanova to evaluate where it stands at the beginning of the indoor season. This is the only meet before the holiday break for the team, which will return to action at the New York City Gotham Cup on Friday, January 11. That meet is the first of four competitions for the Wildcats at the New York Armory this season.

NOTES: The 10th annual Jack Pyrah Invitational was held in memory of longtime Wildcats coach Jack Pyrah ... A bench in his honor was dedicated on the track in Villanova Stadium in 2010 to celebrate the Jack Pyrah Memorial Fund reaching $100,000 in donations.


60 Meter Hurdles

Aaron Sandifer                  3rd of 7                8.83

60 Meters

Donald Urschel                  2nd of 26               7.17
Kyle Chou                       tie-17th                7.45

500 Meters

Matt Whalen                     8th of 20               1:08.78
Cory Serfoss                    9th                     1:08.84
Joseph Messick                  10th                    1:08.95

300 Meters

Donald Urschel                  2nd of 38               35.70
Bryan Murphy                    3rd                     36.15
Kyle Chou                       7th                     36.71
Jake Stillings                  8th                     36.84
Aaron Sandifer                  16th                    37.69

1000 Meters

Samuel Ellison                  1st of 18               2:30.61
Andrew Golato                   4th                     2:31.81
Philip O'Connell                7th                     2:34.69


Josh Lampron                    5th of 18               2:32.18
Kieran Brennan                  10th                    2:36.44


Dusty Solis                     1st of 12               4:16.04
Chris O'Sullivan                3rd                     4:18.11
Chris Pietrocarlo               4th                     4:21.11
Charlie Bates                   5th                     4:21.47
John Castillo                   8th                     4:35.77

4x400 Meter Relay

Villanova "A"                   1st of 11               3:23.25
Villanova "B"                   4th                     3:29.13

Weight Throw

Chris McLeod                    4th of 14               13.90m
Drew King                       5th                     13.59m
James Rowen                     11th                    10.95m

Long Jump

Elbert Maxwell                  2nd of 9                7.05m
Lazaro Tiant                    3rd                     6.53m
Jason DiNardo                   4th                     6.15m

Pole Vault

Charlie Kido                    1st of 7                4.35m

Shot Put

James Rowen                     3rd of 10               12.73m