July 27, 2012
NEW ORLEANS--Villanova student-athletes continually succeed in competition as well as the classroom and the men's track & field team had four members named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team, as announced by the organization earlier this week. The USTFCCCA also announced its list of All-Academic teams, which included the Wildcats.
Sophomore middle distance runner Samuel McEntee (Perth, Australia) and sophomore sprinter Samuel Ellison (Dresher, Pa.) were each named to the All-Academic Team along with fifth-year middle distance runner Brian Tetreault (Cinnaminson, N.J.) and freshman middle distance runner Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.).
In order to be eligible for the All-Academic Team a student-athlete must meet minimum academic and athletic criteria. The minimum cumulative grade-point average to qualify is 3.25. In competition an athlete must either rank in the top 96 nationally in an individual event during the indoor season or compete in at least one round of the NCAA Championships during the outdoor season.
The list of All-Academic teams includes all teams with a composite GPA of 3.0 or higher for the academic year. Villanova finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 3.33 team grade-point average.
McEntee had an incredible season both indoors and outdoors for the Wildcats in his first complete year of collegiate competition. During the outdoor season he ran the 10th fastest 1500 meters in the history of NCAA competition with a time of 3:36.81 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Invitational. McEntee went on to earn second team All-America honors in the 1500 meters and was the BIG EAST individual champion in the 5000 meters.
During the indoor season McEntee became the 34th Villanovan to run a sub-four minute Mile and was a first team All-American and an All-BIG EAST performer in the event. He also anchored the Wildcats to a championship in the distance medley relay at the Millrose Games.
Outside of competition McEntee is a Computer Science major and has received a steady stream of academic awards. He is a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and this spring was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team.
Ellison also enjoyed a phenomenal year for Villanova and finished the outdoor season as a first team All-American and the BIG EAST individual champion in the 800 meters. Over the course of the year Ellison lowered his personal best time in the 800 meters by more than three seconds.
He was also a part of the champion DMR squad at the Millrose Games and anchored the Wildcats to a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay during the indoor season. A Communications major, Ellison earns his first selection to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team. He is also a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
Tetreault concluded his collegiate career in 2011-12 by making a number of key contributions to the team. Indoors, he led off the distance medley relay at the Millrose Games as well as the third leg at the BIG EAST Championships. He earned All-BIG EAST honors as Villanova finished third in the DMR at the conference meet and Tetreault also led off the champion 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships.
During the outdoor season Tetreault placed fifth individually in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST meet and qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 1500 meters. A fifth-year senior for the Wildcats, Tetreault is in graduate school and is enrolled in a Human Resource Development program.
Over the second half of the outdoor season Denault came on strong for Villanova in his first collegiate campaign. He established a personal best time in the 1500 meters at the Swarthmore Last Chance Invitational after scoring team points at the BIG EAST Championships with a fourth place finish. Denault is enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and has yet to declare a major.