Oct. 9, 2011
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.
JACK SAINT CLAIR MEMORIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
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
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