Oct. 1, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Freshman Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) is the BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week, as announced this afternoon by the league office. In just the second race of his collegiate career Tiernan won the individual title at the Main Line Invitational last week. He adds his first career weekly honor with Tuesday's selection.
Tiernan covered the four-mile Alumni Course at Haverford College last week in 19:09.48 to pace a field of 122 runners. He won the race by a margin of more than 11 seconds while leading a large group of Wildcats who finished near the front of the race. Villanova boasted seven of the top 12 overall finishers.
Prior to last Thursday's race Tiernan had made his collegiate debut at the Friend Big Five Invitational on September 13. In that meet he came in ninth out of 74 runners on the Belmont Plateau course, which measures 6,000 meters for men's races. Tiernan recorded at time of 18:56.46 at the Big Five meet.
Villanova is ranked No. 27 in the nation and No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the new polls released this week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The national top 30 includes three BIG EAST teams, with the Wildcats being joined by Providence (No. 18) and Georgetown (No. 20).
TRIP TO ARKANSAS ON TAP
The first scored meet of the season is this Saturday, as Villanova will compete in the Chile Pepper Festival hosted by Arkansas. Members of the Wildcats will run in the Men's Collegiate race starting at 9:45 a.m. on the 8,000 meter course. Villanova junior Alex Tully and freshman Colin O'Mara are both natives of Little Rock, Ark. A full preview of Saturday's meet will be posted later in the week.