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Men's Cross Country Finishes First at Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championships
Chris O'Sullivan helped Villanova win the team title on Saturday at the fourth annual Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championships.

Oct. 9, 2011

Complete Results

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Freshman Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) was the individual winner and redshirt freshman Chris O'Sullivan (Havertown, Pa.) the top team finisher at the fourth annual Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championships, held on the Liberty Bell Course at Belmont Plateau on Saturday afternoon. Villanova finished first out of nine squads, including five collegiate teams that were in competition.

The contingent of Wildcats racing on Saturday included five team members and two unattached runners. Denault was one of the unattached runners and he came in first out of 85 competitors with a time of 26:22.85 on the five-mile course. His time was both a course record and a new meet record, surpassing the previous mark set on the Old College Course back in 2008.

O'Sullivan crossed the finish line less than half a second behind Denault and all seven Villanova runners placed in the top eight overall. O'Sullivan registered a time of 26:23.34 and was followed in short order by junior Joseph LoRusso (Oak Hill, Va.) in third place (26:45.31), redshirt freshman Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.) in fourth (26:46.08) and unattached freshman Tom Trainer (Havertown, Pa.) in fifth place (26:57.67).

Also finishing for the Wildcats were redshirt freshmen Chris Pietrocarlo (Hampstead, N.H.) and Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Pietrocarlo wound up with a time of 27:28.98 and Solis crossed the line in 27:43.97.

Villanova had 17 team points and easily outdistanced Wilmington (102) and the rest of the field.

This year's fourth annual Jack Saint Clair Memorial Championships included both a College and an Open championship for the first time. The event is produced by Philadelphia Athletic Charities Inc. and is also hosted by Philadelphia University.



The name of the event honors the legendary coach who led many city championship teams in cross country for Cardinal Dougherty High School in the 1960s and later coached at Temple until the 1980s. In addition, Jack Saint Clair, along with James Tuppeny, designed the five-mile college and three-mile high school courses along with the 10,000 meter course used for the USA National Cross Country Championships in 1976, all at Belmont.

Next up for the Wildcats is the Wisconsin adidas Invitational this coming Friday, with the men's race set to go off at 1:40 p.m. Central time.


Villanova Team Runners

Chris O'Sullivann              2nd of 85            26:23.34
Joseph LoRusso                 3rd                  26:45.31
Brian Basili                   4th                  26:46.08
Chris Pietrocarlo              7th                  27:28.98
Dusty Solis                    8th                  27:43.97

Villanova Unattached Entries

Rob Denault                    1st of 85            26:22.85  COURSE AND MEET RECORD
Tom Trainer                    5th                  26:57.67

Team Scores

Villanova                      1st of 9             17
Wilmington                     2nd                  102
Princeton Running Club         3rd                  109
Philadelphia University        4th                  110
Bloomsburg                     5th                  123
Georgetown Running Club        6th                  126
Penn Running Club              7th                  152
Greater Philadelphia TC        8th                  158
Chestnut Hill                  9th                  229