Feb. 25, 2013
Senior Alex Tully (Little Rock, Ark.) and sophomore Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) have been named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Cross Country Team, as announced on Monday morning. The two runners helped Villanova earn a bid to the NCAA Championships during a successful fall season for themselves individually and for the team.
In order to be eligible for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher while also achieving either All-America status or an individual finish in the top 15 of their respective regional championship.
Villanova came in second as a team at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional to claim an automatic bid to the national championships meet. It marked the fifth straight season that the Wildcats have earned a team bid to the NCAA Meet. McEntee was the individual runner-up at the meet and Tully came up big with a 14th place finish, good for third on the team. Both earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for their performances while also recording personal best times for a 10,000 meter cross country course. McEntee crossed the finish line in 30:34 and Tully came in with a time of 30:49.
Earlier in the season Tully also set a new career best on an 8,000 meter course with his time of 24:58.8 at the Pre-NCAA Meet, where he came in 32nd out of 278 runners in the unseeded section. Tully was a counting runner for Villanova at the BIG EAST Championships and came in sixth on the team at the NCAA Championships.
McEntee was the top finisher for the Wildcats in each of the first four races he finished. He came in fourth at the Paul Short Run to help Villanova capture the team title and finished in 17th place at the BIG EAST Championships. McEntee was also the third finisher for the Wildcats at the national championships meet.
Tully has excelled in the classroom throughout his time on campus. He maintains a 3.968 cumulative grade-point average as a Mechanical Engineering major and has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team three times. During his sophomore year academically Tully was a part of the Wildcats cross country team which had the highest composite GPA out of all 24 varsity sports for the 2010-11 academic year.
Academic achievements have also been plentiful for McEntee, who carries a 3.424 GPA as a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics. He is a two-time selection to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and was named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic team for track during the 2011-12 academic year. McEntee was also chosen for the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team for track in 2012.
There were 68 student-athletes named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Men's Cross Country Team. A total of 40 different schools had at least one member of the team.