A group of Villanova runners competed at the Haverford Invitational on October 24, 2014.
On FitzSimons: Consistent performer for Villanova in the 800 meters as well as the relays ... Two-time All-American as part of the distance medley relay and a BIG EAST champion in both the 800 meters and the 4x800 meter relay ... Should continue to make contributions to the team this season.
2014 Cross Country: Competed in five races during the season and established personal best times at three different distances ... Recorded a time of 20:01.7 over 6000 meters at the season-opening Big Five Invitational ... Set a personal best time of 20:42.5 for four miles in a 39th place finish at the Main Line Invitational ... Posted a time of 26:11 over 8000 meters and finished 162nd at the Princeton Invitational ... Other finishes during the season included third place at the Haverford Invitational and 290th place at the Paul Short Run.
2014 Indoor: Second team All-American in the distance medley relay ... Competed as part of the DMR squad for the Wildcats five times during the season and ran the 800 meters leg in four of those races ... Villanova finished ninth at the NCAA Championships with a time of 9:51.63 ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR at the Boston University Last Chance Meet and the Iowa State Classic, both of which were first place finishes ... The Wildcats posted a time of 9:28.06 at the Boston University meet to earn their berth to the NCAA meet ... Villanova had a winning time of 9:35.08 at Iowa State ... Ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR in a third place finish (9:36.89) in the Invitational section of the Penn State National ... Ran the 400 meters leg of the relay at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, where Villanova came in sixth in the Championship section with a time of 9:52.67 ... Competed individually in the 500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed fifth in both the preliminary heats (1:04.52) and the final (1:04.67) at the conference meet ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay squad to a first place finish at the Gotham Cup (7:48.94) ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 relay in a first place finish in the Invitational section at the Penn State meet (7:36.41) ... Competed on the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, where Villanova came in 14th in the College section of the relay with a time of 3:23.63.
2013 Cross Country: Opened the season at the 6,000 meter Friend Big Five Invitational and registered a time of 20:18.70 to come in 56th overall ... Ran on the four-mile course at Haverford twice during the season ... Placed 65th at the Main Line Invitational (21:25.46) and later in the year came in 25th at the Haverford Invitational (21:21.20).
2013 Outdoor: Came in first in the 800 meters at the Widner Invitational with a time of 1:50.58 ... Paced a field of 72 runners in that race ... Ran in the Invitational section of the 800 meters at the Virginia Challenge and placed eighth in 1:53.54 ... Competed on the third leg of both the distance medley relay and the 4x800 meter relay at the Penn Relays ... Villanova was the runner-up in both races with times of 7:17.37 in the 4x800 relay and 9:26.80 in the DMR ... Ran the second leg of the DMR at the Colonial Relays, where the Wildcats were second with a time of 9:56.03 ... Also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Colonial Relays ... Villanova finished fifth in that race witha time of 3:17.58.
2013 Indoor: First team All-American in the distance medley relay and individual BIG EAST champion in the 800 meters ... Ran the third leg of the DMR at both the Alex Wilson Invitational and the NCAA Championships ... Villanova came in fifth at the national meet with a time of 9:35.46 to earn first team All-America honors ... One week before the NCAA Championships the same DMR squad posted a time of 9:30.47 at the Alex Wilson Invitational to secure their spot at the national meet ... Posted a time of 1:51.56 in the finals of the BIG EAST Championships to claim his first career individual conference title ... Also won his preliminary heat in 1:51.79 a day earlier ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the BIG EAST meet and the Wildcats came in fourth with a time of 3:13.22 ... Runner-up in the Championship section of the 800 meters at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (1:49.86) ... Finished third out of 26 competitors in the 1000 meters at the Great Dane Classic and recorderd a personal best time of 2:25.83.
2012 Cross Country: Redshirted.
2012 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 800 meters ... Came in 26th in the national first round with a time of 1:50.90 at the regional meet ... Posted his top collegiate time of 1:48.91 in a fourth place finish at the Virginia Challenge to secure his spot in the East Regional ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors for a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... Lowered his time from 1:52.51 in the preliminary heats to 1:51.24 in the finals ... Came in second at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (1:51.07), finished sixth out of 78 runners at the Colonial Relays (1:52.49) and came in 22nd at the Larry Ellis Invitational (1:52.00) ... Won the 1500 meters at the Widener Invitational (3:51.67) and came in 14th out of 117 runners at the Danny Curran Invitational (4:01.83) ... Ran the third leg of the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays.
2012 Indoor: Helped lead Villanova to a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay and a Millrose Games championship in the distance medley relay ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST meet as the Wildcats won with a time of 7:27.91 ... Competed on the third leg of the DMR at the Millrose Games and Villanova finished first in 9:38.02 ... Individually came in fifth in the 800 meters (1:54.13) at the BIG EAST Championships ... Recorded the second-fastest time (1:54.12) in the BIG EAST preliminary heats ... Finished seventh in the invitational section (1:51.06) at the Penn State National ... Came in 21st in the 1000 meters in 2:40.92 at the Great Dane Classic ... Ran the third leg of the distance medley relay in a first place finish at the NYC Gotham Cup (10:13.58) and a fourth place finish in the invitational section of the Penn State meet (9:48.64).
2011 Cross Country: Finished in 42nd place as an unattached runner at the Main Line Invitational ... Had a time of 21:23 on the four-mile course ... Lowered that mark to 20:53 at the Haverford Invitational on the same course and came in 20th out of 110 runners.
2011 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Won the 800 meters as an unattached runner at the Widener Invitational, with a winning time of 1:53.37 ... Had his top time of the season at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, where he crossed the finish line in 1:49.91 as an unattached entry ... Placed fourth out of 69 runners in that race.
2011 Indoor: Placed third in the 1000 meters at the Albany Great Dane Invitational with a time of 2:27.52.
2010 Cross Country: Redshirted ... Ran unattached on the four-mile course at Haverford College for the Main Line Invitational and came in 44th with a time of 21:43.27 in his first collegiate race.
Hamden High School: Anchored the winning 4x800 and distance medley relay teams at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals ... Placed third in the 800 meters at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships ... His personal best in the 800 meters is a Connecticut state record ... Connecticut Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
Personal: Born 8/8/92 ... One of two sons of Tom and Mary Sue Fitzsimons ... Has a brother, Tom ... Majoring in Communication and Sociology.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
500 Meters 1:04.52 2014 BIG EAST Championships 800 Meters (Relay) 1:47.15 High School 800 Meters (Open) 1:48.83 High School 1000 Meters 2:25.83 2013 Great Dane Classic 1500 Meters 3:51.67 2012 Widener Invitational
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
8000 Meters 26:11 2014 Princeton Invitational
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-American (Second Team) 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2013 (800 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013 (800 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay) Millrose Games Champion 2012 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2012 (800 Meters)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2013-14