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Meet the Villanova Athletes Who Are Competing at the NCAA East Regional
Long jumper Elbert Maxwell will be making his second career appearance at the NCAA East Regional when the Wildcats head to Jacksonville next week.
 
Long jumper Elbert Maxwell will be making his second career appearance at the NCAA East Regional when the Wildcats head to Jacksonville next week.
 

May 23, 2014

Declarations/Start Lists/Results for NCAA East Regional

VILLANOVA, Pa.--Eight athletes from Villanova will compete in the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville next week. The meet serves as preliminary rounds for the national championships and takes place from Thursday through Saturday at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus. Below are capsules of the eight Wildcats who will be competing at the meet.

Brian Basili
5000 Meters - Saturday (8:05 PM)
First career appearance at NCAA East Regional

2014 Outdoor Season: Registered a personal best time of 14:08.71 in the 5000 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational to shatter his previous top mark by more than 16 seconds ... Finished eighth out of 77 runners in that race ... Recorded a sixth place finish in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships (14:37.69) ... Came in ninth at the Colonial Relays (14:29.08) ... Finished third in the 1500 meters at the Danny Curran Invitational with a time of 3:55.81.

Rob Denault
1500 Meters - Thursday (5:30 PM), Saturday (6:30 PM)
Third career appearance at NCAA East Regional
Qualified for 2013 NCAA Championships

Career Outdoor Awards
All-BIG EAST - 1500 Meters (2013, 2014)
All-BIG EAST - 4x800 Meter Relay (2014)

2014 Outdoor Season: Runner-up in the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 3:47.65 ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 1500 meters as well as the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 relay and helped Villanova finish in second place with a time of 7:34.83 ... Came in eighth in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:44.28) ... Ran the second leg of the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays, where the Wildcats came in third with a time of 16:19.98 ... Led off the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays to help the top Villanova relay squad finish in first place with a winning time of 9:50.37.

Samuel Ellison
800 Meters - Thursday (8:10 PM), Friday (7:00 PM)
Third career appearance at NCAA East Regional
Qualified for 2012 and 2013 NCAA Championships
Two-time outdoor All-American

Career Outdoor Awards
All-American (First Team) - 800 Meters (2012)
All-American (Honorable Mention) - 800 Meters (2013)
BIG EAST Champion - 800 Meters (2012, 2013)
BIG EAST Champion - 4x400 Meter Relay (2014)
All-BIG EAST - 800 Meters (2012, 2013, 2014)
All-BIG EAST - 4x400 Meter Relay (2013, 2014)
Penn Relays Champion - Distance Medley Relay (2011)
Penn Relays Champion - 4x800 Meter Relay (2014)
BIG EAST Men's Track Athlete of the Week - 2014 (April 21-27)

2014 Outdoor Season: Anchored the Wildcats to a BIG EAST title in the 4x400 meter relay ... Villanova had a winning time of 3:12.17 in the relay ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 800 meters with a runner-up finish at the conference meet ... Crossed the finish line in the final with a time of 1:49.18 ... Advanced to the final by winning his preliminary heat in 1:51.82 ... Anchored Villanova to a Championship of America title in the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays ... Produced a personal best split of 1:46.58 on the anchor leg of the relay as the Wildcats registered a winning time of 7:16.58 ... One day earlier had a split of 46.29 on the 400 meters leg of the distance medley relay, in which Villanova came in second with a time of 9:28.93 ... Won the Ronald Thorne Men's 800 Meters at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (1:49.26) ... Ran the 400 meters leg of the sprint medley relay at the Colonial Relays and helped Villanova finish in second place with a time of 3:25.14.

Elbert Maxwell
Long Jump - Thursday (2:00 PM)
Second career appearance at NCAA East Regional
BIG EAST long jump champion

Career Outdoor Awards
BIG EAST Champion - Long Jump (2014)
All-BIG EAST - Long Jump (2014)
BIG EAST Men's Field Athlete of the Week - 2014 (March 31-April 6)

2014 Outdoor Season: Won the BIG EAST title in the long jump with a distance of 7.12 meters ... Became the fifth Villanova outdoor long jump champion and the first since Jermaine Deans in 1998 ... Went on to post a fourth place finish in the long jump at the IC4A Championship (7.30m) ... Recorded his current personal best mark of 7.51 meters in a third place finish at the Hurricane Alumni Meet ... Came in first at the Princeton Elite Meet (7.50m) and the Colonial Relays (7.46m) ... Has also competed four times in the high jump ... His best mark of the season is 2.09 meters, which he reached in consecutive runner-up finishes at the Colonial Relays and the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Placed first at the Danny Curran Invitational (1.98m) and finished second at the season-opening Philadelphia College Classic (2.00m).

Sam McEntee
1500 Meters - Thursday (5:30 PM), Saturday (6:30 PM)
Third career appearance at NCAA East Regional
Two-time outdoor All-American

Career Outdoor Awards
All-American (First Team) - 1500 Meters (2013)
All-American (Second Team) - 1500 Meters (2012)
BIG EAST Champion - 5000 Meters (2012)
All-BIG EAST - 5000 Meters (2012, 2014)

2014 Outdoor Season: Came in second in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 14:22.13 ... Opened up with a first place finish in the 1500 meters at the Delaware Open, where he posted a time of 3:59.57 ... Came in fourth overall in the Elite section of the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:43.33), where his time ranked as his fourth-fastest in a collegiate race ... Led off both the distance medley relay and the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays ... Villanova finished second in the DMR with a time of 9:28.93 and third in the 4xMile relay with a time of 16:19.98.

Dusty Solis
800 Meters - Thursday (8:10 PM), Friday (7:00 PM)
Second career appearance at NCAA East Regional

Career Outdoor Awards
Penn Relays Champion - 4x800 Meter Relay (2014)

2014 Outdoor Season: Placed fifth in the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a personal best time of 3:49.37 ... Also registered a personal best in the 800 meters earlier in the year when he crossed the finish line in 1:49.24 to come in second at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Helped Villanova win a Championship of America title in the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays ... Ran the second leg of the relay and the Wildcats finished with a winning time of 7:16.58 ... One day earlier ran the 800 meters leg of the distance medley relay in a second place finish ... Villanova had a time of 9:28.93 in the DMR ... Anchored the Wildcats second entry in the DMR at the Colonial Relays and helped his relay team finish in second place (9:52.72.).

Patrick Tiernan
5000 Meters - Saturday (8:05 PM)
First career appearance at NCAA East Regional
BIG EAST 5000 meters Champion

Career Outdoor Awards
BIG EAST Champion - 5000 Meters (2014)
All-BIG EAST - 5000 Meters (2014)

2014 Outdoor Season: Won the BIG EAST title in the 5000 meters with a time of 13:56.01 ... Became the 10th Villanova outdoor 5000 meters champion and the second in the last three years (Sam McEntee, 2012) ... Ran the third leg of the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays and helped Villanova finish third in the relay with a time of 16:19.98 ... Set a personal best time in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he crossed the finish line in 3:46.27 and came in 12th in the Elite section of the race ... Anchored the distance medley relay at the Colonial Relays, where the Wildcats top DMR squad came in first with a time of 9:50.37.

Jordy Williamsz
1500 Meters - Thursday (5:30 PM), Saturday (6:30 PM)
Second career appearance at NCAA East Regional
BIG EAST 1500 meters champion

Career Outdoor Awards
BIG EAST Champion - 1500 Meters (2014)
All-BIG EAST - 1500 Meters (2013, 2014)
Penn Relays Champion - 4x800 Meter Relay (2014)

2014 Outdoor Season: Won the BIG EAST title in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:47.16 ... Became the ninth Villanova outdoor 1500 meters champion and the first since 2003 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays and helped Villanova capture the Championship of America title in the race with a winning time of 7:16.58 ... Anchored the Wildcats in both the distance medley relay and the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays ... The DMR squad came in second in 9:28.93 and the 4xMile relay placed third with a time of 16:19.98 ... Produced a split of 3:57 on his leg of the 4xMile relay ... Individually posted a time of 3:43.01 in the Elite section of the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where he came in third ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR at the Colonial Relays and helped the second Villanova entry in the relay come in second (9:52.72).


 

 

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