Dec. 10, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Junior Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team on Wednesday afternoon, an honor that encompasses both academic and athletic accomplishments and is voted on by the sports information directors at 29 area institutions. McEntee has also received academic all-area recognition for track during his Villanova career.
The cross country season that just ended was a successful one for both McEntee individually and for the Wildcats as a team. McEntee earned All-America honors for a 27th place finish at the NCAA Championships and was the second finisher for Villanova at every scored meet this season. He also earned All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades for the third straight season and received All-BIG EAST recognition for the second time.
McEntee came in fourth overall at the BIG EAST Championships and was the runner-up at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional to help the Wildcats win the team titles at both events. At the regional meet McEntee set a personal best time for a 10,000 meter course (29:44) as Villanova wrapped up a berth in the NCAA Championships for a program-record seventh straight season. He also ran a personal best time of 23:50 on an 8,000 meter course at the Princeton Invitational, where the Wildcats were also team champions.
Throughout his Villanova career McEntee has consistently been cited for his academic success. He is a Computer Science major and has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in each of the past three years. McEntee was also named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team for cross country (2012) and for track (2011-12), as well as earning a spot on the 2012 track Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team.
Christopher Stadler from Haverford was named the men's cross country Academic All-Area Performer of the Year for a second straight season. The other members of the Academic All-Area squad included Avi Bregman (Haverford), Robert Fain (Swarthmore), Chris Garrity (Widener), Eric Lacy (Philadelphia U.) and Aaron Leskow (Saint Joseph's).
In order to be eligible for an academic all-area team a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average and be a major contributor to his or her team. The program began with the 2005-06 academic year and since then Villanova has had 128 academic all-area honorees across all sports, including 16 performers of the year.