Patrick Tiernan Named BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week
Feb. 18, 2014
NEW YORK--Freshman distance runner Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) was named the BIG EAST Male Track Athlete of the Week in an announcement by the conference on Tuesday morning. Tiernan receives the honor for the second time this season after a record-setting performance in the 5000 meters at the Iowa State Classic last weekend.
Villanova had a memorable weekend in Iowa and Tiernan was a big part of that. He broke a 33-year old school record in the 5000 meters with his time of 13:37.73, which also ranks him second in the nation this season. Tiernan beat the old school mark of 13:38.3 set by Sydney Maree at Madison Square Garden on February 6, 1981 during the Millrose Games.
Tiernan was in first place for the majority of his race at the Iowa State Classic and finished less than half a second behind Wisconsin senior Reed Connor. Both runners eclipsed the previous meet and facility record at Lied Recreation Center.
This weekend the Wildcats compete in the BIG EAST Championships at the New York Armory, with action beginning on Friday morning and concluding on Saturday night.