Oct. 14, 2011
Madison, Wis.--With it's top five runners finishing just 26 seconds apart Villanova came in 10th place as a team at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course on Friday afternoon. Senior Keith Capecci (New Hope, Pa.) led the Wildcats with a 33rd place individual finish.
Capecci covered the 8,000 meter course in 24:20 and was followed by the rest of the team's top five in short order. The quartet of senior Matthew Gibney (Albury, Australia), freshman Samuel McEntee (Perth, Australia), junior Mathew Mildenhall (Auckland, New Zealand and senior Ryan Sheridan (Melville, N.Y.) all ran together and were separated by a mere five seconds.
That group of four was led by Gibney in 73rd place (24:41), while McEntee was 83rd (24:44), Mildenhall finished 86th (24:45) and Sheridan placed 92nd (24:46).
Friday's race was stacked with six of the nation's top 10 teams and 20 nationally-ranked squads overall in the field of 39 teams. The host Badgers, ranked No. 2 in the country, easily won the team title with 66 points.
The rest of the top 10 in the team standings included BYU (120), Stanford (125), Princeton (227), Indiana (271), Texas (300), Minnesota (309), Northern Arizona (332) and Providence (343) ahead of Villanova (367).
The next race for Villanova is the BIG EAST Championships in Louisville on October 29.