Samuel McEntee and Distance Medley Relay Squad Qualify for NCAA Championships
March 5, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa.--Sophomore middle distance runner Samuel McEntee (Perth, Australia) has received an individual invitation in the Mile to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships and is also part of the Villanova distance medley relay which received a bid to the national championships meet. The selections were announced Monday evening for the NCAA Championships, which take place this coming Friday and Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.
McEntee has had a terrific season and is an automatic qualifier in the Mile thanks to breaking the four-minute mark for the first time in his career at the Penn State National in January. In that meet McEntee crossed the finish line in 3:57.96 to become the 34th Villanovan to run either a sub-four minute mile or the 1500 meters equivalent. The mark of 3:57.96 seeds McEntee seventh out of the 15 athletes who will compete in the Mile at the national meet this weekend.
Aside from the sub-four minute Mile at the Penn State meet McEntee also earned All-BIG EAST honors and was the individual runner-up in the event at the BIG EAST Championships, where he registered a time of 4:05.92 in the finals.
McEntee was also the anchor of the Wildcats distance medley relay lineup that won a Millrose Games title last month. He also anchored the DMR this past weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational, where Villanova posted a time of 9:31.52 to seal its invitation to the NCAA Championships.
Fifth-year senior Brian Tetreault (Cinnaminson, N.J.) led off the DMR at the Alex Wilson Invitational and was followed by freshman Bryan Murphy (Teaneck, N.J.) and sophomore Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) ahead of McEntee. The squad's time of 9:31.52 seeds the Wildcats ninth out of the 11 relay quartets which were invited to the national championships.
Villanova also earned All-BIG EAST honors in the distance medley relay for a third place finish at the conference meet earlier this season. The team will be trying to repeat the success it had at the NCAA Championships last indoor season, when the Wildcats earned All-America honors for a seventh place finish at the national meet.
McEntee will run in the preliminaries of the Mile this Friday at 7 p.m. Eastern time, while the national championship DMR race will take place at 11:05 p.m.