Oct. 19, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - The top five runners for Villanova ran in a tight pack for the entire race and the Wildcats easily won the Princeton Invitational with a dominant performance at West Windsor Field early Saturday afternoon. Villanova had six runners among the top 12 finishers and had 23 team points to cruise to the title. The performance was an excellent one for the Wildcats in their final outing before turning the page to the postseason meets next month.
There was no discernible separation between the top four Villanova finishers. Freshman Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia), sophomore Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) and junior Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) all finished with official times of 23:50 on the 8,000 meter course, while sophomore Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) came in with a time of 23:51. The quartet occupied the third through sixth finishing spots in the race.
Junior Brian Basili (South Orange, N.J.) had an outstanding performance for the second straight race and finished in 10th place with a time of 24:06. He was also one of the counting runners for the Wildcats at the Chile Pepper Festival in Arkansas two weeks ago. Senior Alex Tully (Little Rock, Ark.) finished in 12th place (24:11) and redshirt freshman Harry Warnick (Fairfield, Conn.) was 21st (24:26) to round out the Villanova lineup.
In the team standings the Wildcats were followed by La Salle in second place with 94 points. The rest of the top five included host Princeton (135), Saint Joseph's (158) and Lehigh (183).
Four other runners competed for Villanova in the Championship race on Saturday afternoon. From that group redshirt freshman Kevin Corbusier (Monkton, Md.) had the best finish with a 25th place showing and a time of 24:30. Junior Dusty Solis (Colorado Springs, Colo.) came in 37th (24:41) and was followed by junior Chris O'Sullivan (Havertown, Pa.) in 66th place (25:03) and sophomore Charlie Bates (Hoboken, N.J.) in 84th place (25:10).
Next up for the Wildcats will be the BIG EAST Championships on Saturday, November 2. The conference meet will be held at the Wayne E. Dannehl course in Kenosha, Wis., which last hosted the league championships in 2009.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Men's Championship Race
Patrick Tiernan 3rd of 272 23:50 Jordy Williamsz 4th 23:50 Sam McEntee 5th 23:50 Rob Denault 6th 23:51 Brian Basili 10th 24:06 Alex Tully 12th 24:11 Harry Warnick 21st 24:26 Kevin Corbusier 25th 24:30 Dusty Solis 37th 24:41 Chris O'Sullivan 66th 25:03 Charlie Bates 84th 25:10
Team Standings (Top 5)
1. Villanova 23 2. La Salle 94 3. Princeton 135 4. Saint Joseph's 158 5. Lehigh 183