Mathew Mildenhall is top finisher for Villanova in final collegiate cross country race
Villanova finishes second in thrilling Mid-Atlantic Region race, heads to national meet
Wildcats vying for strong finish at a regional meet with many national implications
Samuel McEntee leads Villanova with 17th place individual finish
Wildcats look to defend last year's conference title
On Mildenhall: Consistent distance runner who can help the team at the BIG EAST and national levels in both cross country and on the track ... Will be counted on this season to be a top contributor to the team ... Has been a two-time All-American and two-time BIG EAST champion during his career.
2012 Cross Country: Was the team's top finisher at both the Pre-NCAA Meet and the NCAA Championships ... Came in 108th at the national championships meet with a time of 30:50 ... Helped the Wildcats earn an automatic bid to the NCAA meet with an 18th place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Finihsed fourth on the team with a time of 30:53 and earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the fourth consecutive year ... Posted a season-best 8K time of 23:54.5 at the Pre-NCAA Meet and finished in 32nd place in a field of 272 runners ... Second Villanova runner across the finish line at the BIG EAST Championships (25:06.93) and the Paul Short Run (24:22) ... Came in 19th at the conference meet and seventh overall at the Paul Short Run to help Villanova capture the team title ... Opened the season with a fifth place individual finish at the four-mile Main Line Invitational, where he registered a time of 19:22.50.
2012 Outdoor: Ran the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and came in seventh in 14:29.75 ... Competed in the 1500 meters at the IC4A Championship and advanced to the finals ... Stood in 12th place (3:50.24) after the preliminary heats and moved up to eighth place (3:53.62) in the final race ... Came in 10th in the 1500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational (3:48.65) and was 13th at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:47.18).
2012 Indoor: Received All-BIG EAST honors in both the 3000 meters and as part of the distance medley relay at the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed third in the 3000 meters in 8:04.45 ... Anchored the DMR to a third place finish as well ... Won the Championship section of the 3000 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with a time of 8:06.23.
2011 Cross Country: Stepped up as one of the team's scoring runners at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the NCAA Championships ... Finished second on the team and 74th overall at the national meet ... Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the third straight year with a 19th place finish at the regional meet, where he was the fourth Villanova runner ... Earned his third straight All-BIG EAST honors with a 14th place finish at the conference meet, where he was sixth on the team and 14th overall out of 123 runners with a time of 23:58.6 ... Runner-up at the Main Line Invitational to open the season ... Finished 176th at the Paul Short Run and 86th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational ... Was the fourth finisher for the Wildcats at the Wisconsin meet.
2011 Outdoor: All-BIG EAST in the 5000 meters with a third place finish and a time of 14:17.68 at the BIG EAST Championships ... Set a personal best in the 5000 meters with a mark of 13:55.04 at the Mt. SAC Relays ... Qualified for the NCAA East Regional and came in seventh in his heat with a time of 14:11.16 ... Set a personal best time of 3:42.76 in the 1500 meters at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet.
2011 Indoor: All-American and All-BIG EAST in the distance medley relay as well as the individual BIG EAST champion in the 3000 meters ... Anchored the Wildcats DMR squad in all three of its races at the BIG EAST Championships, the Alex Wilson Invitational and the NCAA Championships ... Villanova qualified for the NCAA Championships with a time of 9:33.50 at the Alex Wilson meet after earlier placing third at the BIG EAST Championships ... The squad finished seventh in 9:34.39 to earn All-America honors at the national meet ... Won the 3000 meters BIG EAST title in 8:19.76 ... Earlier in the year set a personal best time in the event with a mark of 7:57.40 at the Flotrack Husky Classic, where he came in 18th place ... Runner-up in the 3000 meters at the Albany Great Dane Invitational (8:06.96) and third place in the Mile at the NYRR II meet (4:05.88).
2010 Cross Country: All-Mid Atlantic Region ... All-BIG EAST ... Peaked towards the end of the season and was one of the top runners for Villanova down the stretch ... Top finisher on the team at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Championships ... Came in 46th overall at the national meet ... Placed eighth at the BIG EAST Championships ... Finished second on the team and 10th overall out of 194 runners at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region to help Villanova earn its third straight berth to the NCAA Championships ... Earlier in the year came in 23rd at the Penn State National and third out of 100 runners at the Main Line Invitational.
2010 Outdoor: Finished eighth in the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Was in seventh place after clocking a time of 3:49.17 in the preliminaries ... Placed seventh in the 1500 meters with a personal best time of 3:44.56 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet ... Qualified for the NCAA Regional and wound up 20th in the national quarterfinals of the event ... Ran the leadoff leg of Villanova's second place distance medley relay quartet at the Widener Invitational.
2010 Indoor: All-BIG EAST in the 3000 meters with a second place finish at the conference championships ... Placed third in the 3000 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with a then personal best time of 8:07.96 ... Came in fifth in the Mile at the NYRR II meet with a time of 4:09.69 ... Anchored the team's distance medley relay to a BIG EAST title and a ninth place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Also included was a third place finish in the DMR at the Alex Wilson Invitational, where the Wildcats had a time of 9:33.11.
2009 Cross Country: All-American ... All-Mid Atlantic Region ... All-BIG EAST ... Top runner for Villanova at each of the three postseason meets ... Came in 36th individually at the NCAA Championships with a personal best 10K time of 30:20 ... Runner-up at both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the BIG EAST Championships ... Had an 8K time of 24:47 on a muddy BIG EAST course ... Finished in second place at the Panorama Farms Invitational and in 16th place at the Bill Dellinger Invitational ... Started the season at the Main Line Invitational, where his time of 19:51.17 over four miles was third best out of 124 runners.
2009 Outdoor: Redshirted.
2009 Indoor: Redshirted.
2008 Cross Country: Redshirted.
Personal: Born 10/3/88 in Auckland, New Zealand ... One of two children of John and Janne ... Has a sister, Riah ... Majoring in Marketing ... In his spare time enjoys playing back yard cricket or lawn bowls.
800 Meters 1:52 High School 1500 Meters 3:42.76 2011 Swarthmore Last Chance Meet Mile 4:03.32 High School 3000 Meters 7:57.40 2011 Flotrack Husky Classic 5000 Meters 13:55.04 2011 Mt. SAC Relays 8000 Meters (XC) 23:36.34 2009 Panorama Farms Invitational 10000 Meters (XC) 30:20 2009 NCAA Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-American 2009 All-Mid Atlantic Region 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 All-BIG EAST 2009, 2010, 2011
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American 2011 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2010 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2011 (3000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2010, 2011, 2012 (3000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2011, 2012 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2011 (5000 Meters)
CAREER AWARDS (Academic)
Villanova Male Senior Student-Athlete of Year 2011-12 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2010, 2011 (Track & Field) USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2009, 2010 (Cross Country) BIG EAST Academic All-Star 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12