March 13, 2012
NEW ORLEANS--Coming off a fourth place finish in the Mile at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships last weekend sophomore Samuel McEntee (Perth, Australia) has been named a first team All-American by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in an announcement on Monday afternoon.
This is the first All-America honor for McEntee, who ran a terrific race in the finals of the Mile at last week's national championship meet. In a race where the top four finishers were separated by a mere quarter of a second at the finish line McEntee had the fastest final 400 meters in the field and moved up three spots while making an incredible final kick.
McEntee crossed the finish line with a time of 4:01.91 to mark his second-fastest race of the season, behind only the first career sub-four minute mile he ran at the Penn State National meet earlier in the year. He entered the NCAA Championships seeded seventh in the Mile thanks to a time of 3:57.96 at the Penn State meet and posted a finish three spots higher than his seed.
During the indoor season McEntee earned All-BIG EAST honors in the Mile with a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championships while also becoming the 34th Villanovan to run a sub-four minute mile or the 1500 meters equivalent. The second-year runner for the Wildcats earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors in cross country this past fall and will make his collegiate outdoor track debut this spring.
Last week's national championships wrapped up the indoor season for Villanova, which opens outdoor competition in two weeks.