Sept. 26, 2013
HAVERFORD, Pa. - Freshman Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) came in first out of 122 runners at the Main Line Invitational on Thursday evening and Villanova had a majority of the team in competition at the local meet. On the four-mile Alumni Course at Haverford the Wildcats placed seven runners in the top 12 of the race.
Even at this early stage of the season the results for Villanova in Thursday's race were a positive sign. Tiernan, who crossed the finish line in 19:09.48 and had a margin of victory of nearly 12 seconds, was followed by countrymen Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) and Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) in second and third place, respectively. Williamsz registered a time of 19:21.24 and McEntee finished in 19:25.05.
Junior Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.) came in sixth place overall with a time of 19:33.93 and classmate Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed seventh in 19:35.24 to round out the Wildcats top five. Also finishing in the top group of Villanova runners were redshirt freshmen Harry Warnick (Fairfield, Conn.) and Kevin Corbusier (Monkton, Md.) in ninth (19:38.06) and 12th (19:43.70) places.
There was no team scoring in the Main Line meet but at this point in the season the finishing times can be a good measuring stick, if only because it is too early to focus on the results. The lineup for the Wildcats looked strong from top to bottom, evidence of the team's No. 26 national ranking this week in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top 30 poll. Villanova is also ranked No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Overall the Wildcats had a total of 14 runners in competition on Thursday evening. Juniors Chris O'Sullivan (Havertown, Pa.) and Robert Hurlbut (Rochester, N.Y.) finished 21st (20:04.42) and 22nd (20:05.20), while junior Tom Trainer (Havertown, Pa.) followed in 31st place in 20:27.32. Junior Chris Pietrocarlo (Hampstead, N.H.) placed 48th in the field (20:50.83) and freshman Josh Lampron (Mansfield, Mass.) was in 49th place (20:51.08). The team's final two runners were sophomore Charlie Bates (Hoboken, N.J.) in 54th place (21:01.24) and junior Chris Fitzsimons (Hamden, Conn.) in 65th place (21:25.46).
The next meet on the Villanova schedule will be the team's first scored meet of the season. The Wildcats compete in the Chile Pepper Festival at Arkansas on Saturday, October 5.