June 12, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Junior distance runner Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) was one of 10 men's track & field student-athletes named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team in an announcement made on Thursday morning. This is the second time that McEntee has earned a spot on the team, which recognizes academic and athletic accomplishments from both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
McEntee is a double major in Mathematics and Economics and has been consistently recognized for his academic achievements while also being one of the top performers for Villanova at the national level. In order to be eligible for the Academic All-Area Team a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, be in at least their second year of athletic competition and be a key contributor to his or her team.
During his career McEntee has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team three times and will receive that distinction for a fourth time when the 2013-14 honorees are revealed. He has also been selected for the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team in each of the past two years. McEntee was previously named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team two years ago.
The athletic achievements for McEntee are just as impressive. He repeated as the BIG EAST champion in the 3000 meters during the indoor season and was also the runner-up in the 5000 meters at the conference meet. McEntee was a part of the Wildcats distance medley relay lineup at the indoor NCAA Championships and the relay earned second team All-America honors.
At the outdoor BIG EAST championships McEntee was once again the runner-up in the 5000 meters. He helped Villanova capture the team titles at the conference meet both indoors and outdoors and the Wildcats won their first ever "triple crown" with championships in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field in the same academic year. McEntee also qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary in the 1500 meters and advanced to the national quarterfinals in his signature event.
Christopher Stadler from Haverford was selected as the Men's Track & Field Academic All-Area Performer of the Year. In addition to Stadler and McEntee, the rest of the Academic All-Area Team consisted of Chris Garrity, Tyler Schmalhofer and Tyler Williams from Widener, Glenn Kohles and Jon Sewnig (Rowan), Avi Bregman (Haverford), Matt Kacyon (Temple) and Sam Mattis (Penn).
NOTES: McEntee was also named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team for cross country in the fall ... He was an All-American during the cross country season and helped Villanova capture the team titles at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.