Sept. 13, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - In the team's first meet of the season sophomore Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) placed first out of 74 runners and Villanova had three of the top nine finishers at the Friend Big Five Invitational at Belmont Plateau on Friday evening. Williamsz ran the 6,000 meter course in 18:50.95 and the Wildcats had nearly their full roster in action to begin the year.
Williamsz had a margin of victory of one-tenth of a second. Sophomores Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) came in fourth (18:52.32) and Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) was ninth (18:56.46) to round out the Villanova top three. They were followed by juniors Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) and Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.) in 15th place (19:09.18) and 18th place (19:11.35), respectively.
The sixth and seventh finishers for the Wildcats were junior Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in 20th place (19:13.43) and redshirt freshman Harry Warnick (Fairfield, Conn.) in 33rd place (19:27.95).
Villanova opened its season two weeks earlier than in recent years and the local meet in Philadelphia was an opportunity for the team to continue its training for the bulk of the season's schedule which is yet to come.
Next up for the Wildcats is the Main Line Invitational at Haverford College on September 26. Complete team results from the Friend Big Five Invitational are listed below. The meet was established last year by Temple to honor the memory of Roswell Friend, a member of the Owls team who passed away at the start of the 2011 season.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS (6000 METERS)
Jordy Williamsz 1st of 74 18:50.95 Rob Denault 4th 18:52.32 Patrick Tiernan 9th 18:56.46 Sam McEntee 15th 19:09.18 Brian Basili 18th 19:11.35 Dusty Solis 20th 19:13.43 Harry Warnick 33rd 19:27.95 Kevin Corbusier 34th 19:28.71 Chris O'Sullivan 35th 19:31.06 Robert Hurlbut 38th 19:35.22 Chris Pietrocarlo 46th 19:52.72 Charlie Bates 50th 20:06.14 Chris Fitzsimons 56th 20:18.70 Josh Lampron 58th 20:20.10
VILLANOVA RUNNERS COMPETING UNATTACHED (6000 METERS)
Ben Malone 47th of 74 19:56.34 Colin O'Mara 48th 20:04.20 Drake Johnston 55th 20:17.79