Ben Malone
Ben  Malone

Hometown:
River Vale, N.J.

High School:
Pascack Valley

Birthdate:
11/13/1994

Experience:
Jr./So.


10/24/2014

Men's Cross Country at Haverford Invitational

A group of Villanova runners competed at the Haverford Invitational on October 24, 2014.

On Malone: Comes off a breakthrough outdoor season in which he advanced to the national quarterfinal heats in the 800 meters ... Has emerged as an important contributor to the team in the middle distance events and is capable of making an impact on the national level both indoors and outdoors ... Still continuing to improve as he gains experience and should be poised to take strides forward this season.

2015 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary meet and advanced to the national quarterfinal round of the 800 meters ... Won his heat in the national first round at the NCAA East Preliminary with a personal best tine of 1:48.60 ... Ranked sixth overall out of the qualifiers for the quarterfinal heats ... Finished 19th overall in the quarterfinals with a time of 1:49.28 ... Finished the season by winning the Rich Kenah 800 Meters (1:49.88) at the New Jersey International Invitational ... Scored team points in the 800 meters with a fifth place finish at the BIG EAST Championships while also earning All-BIG EAST accolades as part of the team's lineup in the 4x800 meter relay ... Ran the third leg of the relay, which finished in third place with a time of 7:34.52 ... Posted times of 1:50.55 in the preliminary heats and 1:50.34 in the final of the 800 meters ... Had the fastest overall time in the preliminaries before racing to a fifth place finish in the final ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 relay at the Penn Relays, where the Wildcats finished third with a time of 7:18.84 ... Opened the season by finishing fifth in the 1500 meters at the Danny Curran Invitational with a time of 3:59.77 ... Ran the second leg of the second-place 4x800 meter relay (7:33.29) at the Colonial Relays ... Runner-up in the 800 meters (1:49.96) and ran the third leg of the victorious 4x400 meter relay (3:14.95) at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Finished seventh in the elite section of the 800 meters (1:49.13) at the Larry Ellis Invitational.

2014-15 Indoor: Ran the third leg of the BIG EAST champion 4x800 meter relay ... Produced a split of 1:54.21 to help Villanova register a winning time of 7:30.61 in the relay en route to its second straight team title at the conference meet ... Also was an individual scorer in the 1000 meters, where he finished seventh with a time of 2:27.15 ... Prior to the BIG EAST Championships, ran the 1000 meters at both the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and the Metro Team Challenge ... Produced a season-best time of 2:25.46 at the Valentine Invitational and registered a time of 2:34.73 at the Metro Team Challenge ... Anchored the 4x800 relay squad to a first place finish at the Gotham Cup, where the Wildcats finished with a winning time of 7:49.23.

2014 Cross Country: Individual champion at the Haverford Invitational ... Opened the season at the Big Five Invitational and tallied a 30th place finish with a personal best time of 19:46.9 over 6000 meters ... Competed on an 8000 meter course for the first time at the Princeton Invitationala nd finished 51st in the Open race at the meet ... Placed 70th at the Main Line Invitational.

2014 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached runner at four meets during the season ... Came in fourth in the Elite section of the 800 meters at the Princeton Elite Meet with a time of 1:51.92 ... Placed fourth in the 800 meters at the Haverford Mid-Week Meet (1:54.58) ... Ran the 1500 meters at the Widener Invitational and finished third with a time of 3:54.73 ... Finished in 32nd place in the event at the Colonial Relays (3:57.34).

2013-14 Indoor: Was a BIG EAST champion in the distance medley relay and an All-BIG EAST performer in the 800 meters as Villanova won the team title at the conference meet ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR at the BIG EAST meet and the Wildcats registered a winning time of 9:42.08 ... Was the runner-up in the 800 meters individually with a season-best time of 1:51.80 ... Also ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay in a fourth place finish at the conference championships ... Villanova finished the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:20.69 ... Competed in the 800 meters two other times during the season, finishing 18th at the Boston University Last Chance Meet (1:54.84) and 42nd in the College section at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (1:56.66) ... Was a part of the Wildcats lineup for the Byron Dyce College 4x800 meter relay at the Millrose Games ... Ran the third leg of the relay and helped Villanova tally a second place finish with a time of 7:31.57 ... Helped the Wildcats win the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn State National, running the third leg of the race as Villanova finished with a winning time of 7:36.41 ... The Wildcats also won the 4x800 relay at the Gotham Cup, with Malone running the second leg ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR and Villanova came in first with a winning time of 9:58.26 at the Great Dane Classic ... Was an unattached runner at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational and came in fifth in the Mile with a time of 4:23.78.

2013 Cross Country: Competed at three meets as an unattached runner ... Opened the season with a time of 19:56.34 over 6,000 meters at the Friend Big Five Invitational ... Placed 47th in that meet ... Ran twice on the four-mile course at Haverford, coming in 26th at the Main Line Invitational (20:15.93) and 15th at the Haverford Invitational (21:01.60).

Pascack Valley High School: Set a New Jersey state prep record and registered the second-fastest time in the country in the 1500 meters with a personal best mark of 3:46.97 as a senior ... Indoor national champion in the 800 meters in 2012 with a time of 1:49.94 at the New Balance Indoor Nationals ... That time ranked No. 2 all-time on the US prep school list ... United States junior record holder indoors in the 800 meters and the 1000 meters ... As a senior was a Millrose Games champion in the high school Mile ... New Jersey state champion in the 1600 meters indoors and the 800 meters outdoors as a junior.

Personal: Born 11/13/94 ... One of three children of John and Nina Malone ... Has a brother, Daniel, and a sister, Lilly ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)

400 Meters (Relay)              47.6                  High School
400 Meters (Open)               48.94                 High School
800 Meters                      1:48.60               2015 NCAA East Preliminary
1000 Meters                     2:23.56               High School
1500 Meters                     3:46.97               High School
Mile                            4:05.59               High School

PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)

8000 Meters                     26:23                 2014 Princeton Invitational

CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)

BIG EAST Champion                                     2015 (4x800 Meter Relay)
BIG EAST Champion 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2014 (800 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2015 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2014 (Distance Medley Relay)

CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)

All-BIG EAST                                          2015 (4x800 Meter Relay)

CAREER AWARDS (Academics)

BIG EAST All-Academic Team                            2014-15

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