Nov. 3, 2011
One week after the Villanova men's and women's cross country teams swept the BIG EAST Championships the teams will have congratulatory ads in their honor appear on the American Eagle Outfitters building in New York's famous Times Square this weekend. The ads can be seen at 1551-1555 Broadway on the corner of 46th Street in the heart of Manhattan.
American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) is a BIG EAST sponsor and for the second consecutive year will recognize each of the league's team champions during the year with congratulatory ads in Times Square. The display on the AEO building is more than 30 stories high and the ads for the Wildcats cross country teams this weekend offer Villanova incredible exposure.
There are separate ads running for both the men's and women's teams, who each won titles last weekend at the BIG EAST Championships. The congratulatory banners will be a part of the playlist of ads on the AEO building for 48 hours this weekend, starting on Friday, November 4 and continuing through Sunday, November 6. The ads will appear once per hour during this time period and can be viewed for 15 seconds each time they are displayed.
Last weekend the women's cross country team captured its fourth consecutive conference crown and the record 14th championship in program history. Villanova was led by senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.), who was the individual champion for the third consecutive season. She and classmate Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia) finished first and second, respectively, while sophomore Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) joined them in earning All-BIG EAST mention.
On the men's side, Villanova won the fourth BIG EAST title in its history and the first since 2002 thanks to an incredible team effort that saw the Wildcats place six runners in the top 14 finishing spots. Seniors Matthew Gibney (Albury, Australia) and Keith Capecci (New Hope, Pa.) placed fifth and sixth, respectively to lead the group of six All-BIG EAST honorees from the team. Senior Ryan Sheridan (Melville, N.Y.) also finished in the top-10 and wound up eighth, while freshman Samuel McEntee (Perth, Australia) was 11th and juniors Matt Kane (Fairfield, Conn.) and Mathew Mildenhall (Auckland, New Zealand) were 13th and 14th, respectively.
For a program with a distance running tradition as incredible as Villanova, the timing of this weekend's ads for the cross country times in Times Square could not be better. The final day the ads will be displayed, on Sunday, is also the 42nd running of the New York Marathon. The race draws tens of thousands of entrants and millions of spectators each year.