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Sam McEntee

Player Profile
Hometown:
Perth, Australia

High School:
Hale School

Birthdate:
02/03/1992

Experience:
Sr./Jr.

11/15/2013

Tiernan Wins Individual Title as Wildcats Capture NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

Villanova had one-two punch with Tiernan and McEntee; all five scorers placed in top-12

10/19/2013

Dominant Performance at Princeton Invitational Leads Wildcats to Team Title

Each of the scoring runners for Villanova ran in a tight pack and finished in the top 10 overall

02/25/2013

Alex Tully and Sam McEntee Named to Division I All-Academic Cross Country Team

Awards were announced by USTFCCCA on Monday morning

11/17/2012

Wildcats Tally 27th Place Finish at NCAA Championships

Mathew Mildenhall is top finisher for Villanova in final collegiate cross country race

11/10/2012

Team Depth Shines as Wildcats Claim Automatic NCAA Bid

Villanova finishes second in thrilling Mid-Atlantic Region race, heads to national meet

11/08/2012

Men's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

The men's cross country team captured the team title with a terrific performance at the Paul Short Run.

On McEntee: Member of the Villanova sub-four minute mile club ... Continues to be in the top group of a deep distance unit for the Wildcats ... Has firmly established himself as one of the nation's top runners and will continue to make an impact for the team in the national meets ... Top returning runner on the cross country team ... Has two years of eligibility remaining in cross country and outdoor track and enters his final year of indoor track eligibility.

2013 Cross Country: Helped lead Villanova to team titles at both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the BIG EAST Championships ... Was second in the Wildcats lineup at each of the three postseason meets ... Earned All-America honors for the first time in cross country ... Received All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades for the third straight year and All-BIG EAST recognition for the second time ... Set personal best times on both 8,000 meter and 10,000 meter courses ... Finished 27th overall at the NCAA Championships with a time of 30:36.7 ... Individual runner-up at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional with a personal best 10K time of 29:44 ... Came in fourth at the BIG EAST Championships (24:17) ... Helped Villanova win the team title at the Princeton Invitational, where his time of 23:50 was a personal best (8K) and placed him fifth overall out of 272 runners ... Finished in 13th place at the Chile Pepper Festival ... Opened the season with a 15th place finish at the 6,000 meter Friend Big Five Invitational (19:09.18) ... Finished third out of 122 runners at the Main Line Invitational with a time of 19:25.05 on the four-mile course.

2013 Outdoor: First team All-American in the 1500 meters ... Came in seventh in the finals at the NCAA Championships with a time of 3:51.35 ... Improved upon a second team All-America finish from one year earlier ... In the national semifinals at the NCAA meet had the third-fastest time out of 24 runners (3:41.32) ... Was an automatic qualifier through each round national round ... Came in second in the national first round (3:47.37) and eighth in the quarterfinals (3:48.06) at the NCAA East Regional to earn a return trip to the NCAA Championships ... Secured his spot in the national meets with a time of 3:44.69 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, where he was first out of 74 runners ... Opened the outdoor season with a time of 3:44.53 at the Larry Ellis Invitational, placing second out of 60 competitors in that race ... Came in fifth in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 14:33.37 ... Led off the distance medley relay and anchored the 4xMile relay at the Penn Relays ... Villanova was runner-up in the DMR and finished third in the 4x800 relay.

2013 Indoor: Earned first team All-America honors by leading Villanova to a fifth place finish in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Championships ... Anchored the Wildcats DMR squad at both the Alex Wilson Invitational as well as the NCAA meet ... At the national championships Villanova posted a time of 9:35.46 to come in fifth out of 12 teams ... Helped lead the Wildcats to a time of 9:30.47 at the Alex Wilson Invitational, which clinched the team's berth to the national meet ... BIG EAST individual champion in the 3000 meters ... Came in first of 26 at the conference meet with a time of 8:03.95 ... Also came in fifth in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships (14:22.43) ... Recorded a personal best time in the 3000 meters at the Husky Classic, where he crossed the finish line in 7:54.34 and came in eight out of 20 runners in the first invitational section ... Opened the season by winning the invitational section of the 3000 meters at the Penn State National (8:08.39).

2012 Cross Country: Individual runner-up at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional, receiving All-Mid Atlantic Region honors and helping Villanova capture an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... Posted a career best 10K cross country time of 30:34 at the regional meet ... Top runner for the Wildcats in each of the first four races he finished and was the team's third finisher at the NCAA Championships ... Came in 150th at the national meet with a time of 31:06.6 over 10,000 meters ... Finished in 17th place at the BIG EAST Championships (25:04.13) ... Helped the Wildcats capture the team title at the Paul Short Run with a fourth place finish and a time of 24:13 ... Began the season as the individual runner-up at the Main Line Invitational, where he came in second overall with a four-mile time of 19:13.50.

2012 Outdoor: Highlighted his season by running the 10th fastest time in the 1500 meters in the history of NCAA outdoor competition ... He ran a time of 3:36.81 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet in May and also shattered his previous personal best with that mark ... Went on to earn second team All-America honors in the 1500 meters with a ninth place finish in the finals at the NCAA Championships ... Automatic qualifier from the national first round at the NCAA East Regional all the way through the national championship race ... His time of 3:42.73 in the semifinal heats at the NCAA Championships was his second-fastest of the season ... Also ran 3:46.37 in the national first round, 3:46.41 in the finals and 3:46.73 in the national quarterfinal heats ... Opened his outdoor season with a third place finish in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:45.15) ... BIG EAST individual champion in the 5000 meters with a personal best time of 14:19.75 ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay squad to a fourth place finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 relay and anchored the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays.

2012 Indoor: Ran the first sub-four minute Mile of his career at the Penn State National, becoming the 34th Villanova to accomplish the feat and the 10th under head coach Marcus O'Sullivan ... Crossed the finish line in 3:57.86 and finished third in the invitational section of the Mile at the Penn State meet ... Went on to earn first team All-America and All-BIG EAST honors in the Mile during the season ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships and came in fourth in the finals at the NCAA meet with a time of 4:01.91 ... Moved up two spots after ranking sixth in the preliminary heats in 4:06.47 ... At the BIG EAST meet ran a time of 4:10.90 in the preliminaries and was in first place entering the finals for the second straight year ... Lowered his time nearly five full seconds in the finals to 4:05.92 and came in second overall ... Won the 3000 meters in a personal best time of 8:13.93 at the Great Dane Classic to open his indoor season ... Led Villanova to a title at the Millrose Games by anchoring the distance medley relay squad which finished with a time of 9:38.02 ... Also a BIG EAST champion in the 4x800 meter relay after running the third leg of the relay at the conference championships.

2011 Cross Country: Broke into the team's lineup midway through the season and was a scoring runner at all three postseason meets ... Finished third on the team at both the NCAA Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Placed 77th at the national meet and earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for a 16th place finish at the regional meet ... His 10K time of 30:38 at the national championships was 21 seconds faster than in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional race ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors with an 11th place finish at the conference meet, where he was fourth on the team with a time of 23:54.1 to help lead the Wildcats to the team title ... Ran as part of the Villanova lineup for the first time at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and was the team's third runner, coming in 83rd out of 270 competitors (24:44) ... Competed as an unattached runner in two meets earlier in the season ... Placed third out of 85 runners at the Main Line Invitational with a four-mile time of 19:35.91 in his collegiate cross country debut ... Individual winner of the Men's Open race at the Paul Short Run with an 8K time of 25:25.

2011 Outdoor: Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached runner at the Larry Ellis Invitational and recorded a time of 3:47.77 in the 1500 meters ... Came in fifth in his section and seventh overall with that time ... Also ran in the 1500 meters at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet and posted a time of 3:43.34 to finish in fourth place.

2011 Indoor: Placed sixth at the BIG EAST Championships in the Mile with a time of 4:10.61 in the finals ... He stood first overall after the preliminaries with a mark of 4:11.42 ... Made his Villanova debut at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, where he posted a time of 4:09.84 to finish in third place ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova place second with a time of 7:28.28.

Personal: Born 2/3/92 in Melbourne, Australia ... One of four children of Peter and Karen McEntee ... Siblings are Alysha (22), Maddison (18) and Chantel (14) ... Majoring in Computer Science.

SUB-4:00 MILES
1 (3:57.86)

1500 METERS EQUIVALENT
2 (3:36.81)

PERSONAL BESTS

800 Meters (Relay)       1:49.60           2012 Penn Relays
1500 Meters              3:36.81           2012 Swarthmore Last Chance Meet
Mile                     3:57.86           2012 Penn State National
3000 Meters              7:54.34           2013 Husky Classic
5000 Meters              14:19.75          2012 BIG EAST Championships
8000 Meters (XC)         23:50             2013 Princeton Invitational
10000 Meters (XC)        29:44             2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)

All-American                               2013
All-Mid Atlantic Region                    2011, 2012, 2013
All-BIG EAST                               2011, 2013

CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)

All-American (First Team)                  2012 (Mile)
All-American (First Team)                  2013 (Distance Medley Relay)
BIG EAST Champion                          2013 (3000 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion                          2012 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST                               2011 (Mile)
All-BIG EAST                               2013 (3000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST                               2011, 2012 (4x800 Meter Relay)
Millrose Games Champion                    2012 (Distance Medley Relay)
Sub-Four Minute Mile (first career)        2012 (Penn State National) (3:57.86)

CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)

All-American (First Team)                  2013 (1500 Meters)
All-American (Second Team)                 2012 (1500 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion                          2012 (5000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST                               2012 (5000 Meters)

CAREER AWARDS (Academic)

USTFCCCA All-Academic Team                                2012 (Cross Country)
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team                                2011-12 (Track)
Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team       2013 (Cross Country)
Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team       2012 (Track)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team                                2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
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