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Jordy Williamsz Leads Villanova Charge at Friend Big Five Invitational
Jordy Williamsz won the Friend Big Five Invitational at Belmont Plateau on Friday evening.

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.




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


Ben Malone                     47th of 74                 19:56.34
Colin O'Mara                   48th                       20:04.20
Drake Johnston                 55th                       20:17.79