Dec. 3, 2011
HAVERFORD, Pa. - Villanova opened the 2011-12 indoor season by hosting the ninth annual Jack Pyrah Invitational at Haverford College on Friday night, where the Wildcats won five events in the meet. There was no team scoring in the season opener, in which senior thrower Frank Anuszewski (Pottstown, Pa.) was a double winner in the weight throw and the shot put. Villanova also scored wins in the 1000 meters, 3000 meters and pole vault.
Anuszewski established new personal bests in both of his events and also set a meet record in the weight throw with a toss of 18.69 meters. That mark eclipsed the previous record held since 2005 by a former Wildcat, Robert McDade. It was also the first time that Anuszewski has surpassed 18 meters in collegiate competition. In the shot put, Anuszewski finished first out of 14 competitors with a career-best distance of 15.14 meters.
Sophomore Chris Dougherty (Cherry Hill, N.J.) added a third win in the field events for Villanova by finishing first in the pole vault with a height of 4.40 meters. He cleared heights of 4.25 meters and 4.40 meters on his third and final tries to come out ahead of freshman teammate Charlie Kido (Nampa Idaho), who made his collegiate debut with a second-place finish and a height of 4.25 meters.
In the running events the Wildcats scored wins from sophomores Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) and Greg Morrin (Hockessin, Del.) in the 1000 meters and the 3000 meters, respectively. Ellison led a 1-2-3 finish for Villanova in the 1000 meters when he crossed the finish line with a time of 2:33.80. Redshirt freshman Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the runner-up in 2:35.30 and junior Joseph Capecci (New Hope, Pa.) finished third (2:35.50).
Morrin registered a winning time of 8:40.31 in the 3000 meters and beat out redshirt freshman Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.) and the rest of the field of 18 runners. Basili finished second in 8:45.28.
Four runners finished in the top eight in the Mile for the Wildcats, with senior Brian Tetreault (Cinnaminson, N.J.) coming in second with a time of 4:15.84. He was followed in short order by junior Joseph LoRusso (Oak Hill, Va.) in third place (4:16.51) and redshirt freshman Chris Pietrocarlo (Hampstead, N.H.) finishing fourth (4:21.14). Redshirt freshman Richie Bohny (Holmdel, N.J.) placed eighth (4:31.36).
Freshman jumper Elbert Maxwell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had a strong Villanova debut with a second place finish in the long jump. He and the winner of the event, Kelly Cadeu (unattached), each registered a jump of 7.23 meters and that surpassed the previous meet record of 7.11 meters set two years ago by an athlete from Temple.
There is a great deal of young talent on the Wildcats roster this season and of the 20 athletes that competed for Villanova on Friday night 12 are in their first or second year of collegiate eligibility. That group of a dozen underclassmen features six who made their Wildcat debuts in tonight's meet, which was a good opportunity for the entire team to see where it stands entering an upcoming break for final exams and the holiday season.
Villanova is next in action at the NYC Gotham Cup on January 13 at the New York Armory.
NOTES: The ninth 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 just over a year ago to celebrate the Jack Pyrah Memorial Fund reaching $100,000 in donations.
UNATTACHED RUNNERS: Freshmen Robert Hurlbut (Rochester, N.Y.) and Charlie Bates (Hoboken, N.J.) competed in the meet as unattached entries ... Hurlbut finished ninth in the Mile and 18th in the 3000 meters, while Bates came in 16th in the Mile.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
David Stillings 20th of 37 38.25 Cory Serfoss 21st 38.30 Matt Whalen 23rd 38.50
Samuel Ellison 1st of 10 2:33.80 Dusty Solis 2nd 2:35.30 Joseph Capecci 3rd 2:35.50
Brian Tetreault 2nd of 25 4:15.84 Joseph LoRusso 3rd 4:16.51 Chris Pietrocarlo 4th 4:21.14 Richie Bohny 8th 4:31.36
Greg Morrin 1st of 18 8:40.31 Brian Basili 2nd 8:45.28
4x400 Meter Relay
Villanova `A' 2nd of 12 3:26.34
Frank Anuszewski 1st of 11 18.69m (Meet Record) Christopher McLeod 3rd 14.38m Billy Berrigan 7th 13.01m
Elbert Maxwell 2nd of 10 7.23m (Meet Record) Lazaro Tiant 4th 6.37m
Chris Dougherty 1st of 7 4.40m Charlie Kido 2nd 4.25m
Frank Anuszewski 1st of 14 15.14m
George Bodziock 5th of 8 12.92m
UNATTACHED RUNNERS (VILLANOVA)
Robert Hurlbut 9th of 25 4:31.48 Charlie Bates 16th 4:40.34
Robert Hurlbut 18th of 18 10:32.25