Marcus O'Sullivan Named Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year
Regional awards for the top athletes and coaches around the country were announced on Tuesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Villanova head coach Marcus O'Sullivan was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after guiding the Wildcats to the team title at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional last week. This is the second straight year and the sixth time in his career that O'Sullivan has won the award.
Official Field Announced For NCAA Championships Next Week
The official field of teams and individuals for the NCAA Championships was announced on Saturday afternoon. Villanova locked up an automatic bid to the national meet by winning the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional a day earlier and is set to make its eighth straight championships appearance. A total of 18 automatic bids were secured by teams that finished in the top two at nine regional meets around the country. Thirteen additional teams were chosen for at-large bids, while 38 individuals also earned a spot in the championship field. The national championships will be held on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. next Saturday (November 22), with the men's 10,000 meter race scheduled to go off at 1 p.m.
Wildcats Capture Second Straight Team Title at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
The five scoring runners for Villanova all finished in the top 15 overall to lead the Wildcats to their second straight team title at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday afternoon. Villanova earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships with the victory and will make its program-record eighth straight appearance at the national meet next week.
Wildcats Head to NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday Afternoon
After successfully defending its title at the BIG EAST Championships last month, Villanova now turns its attention to the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday afternoon. The regional meet will be held on the Blue and White Golf Courses at Penn State, with the 10,000 meter men's race scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. The top two teams in the regional meet will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships next week.
Tiernan and Wildcats Repeat as BIG EAST Champions
Led by an unprecedented sweep in the top three individual spots, Villanova won its second straight BIG EAST cross country title and its third in the past four years at Northview Church on Friday afternoon. Sophomore Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) repeated as the individual conference champion and was followed by senior Sam McEntee (Perth, Australia) and junior Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) in second and third places, respectively.
Men's Cross Country Looks to Defend BIG EAST Title
The championship portion of the cross country schedule begins this week when Villanova competes at the BIG EAST Championships on Friday morning. The conference meet is being held at Northview Church in Carmel, Ind. and fans can watch all of the action on the BIG EAST Digital Network live broadcast. The men's race begins at 11:50 a.m.
BIG EAST Digital Network to Offer Live Streaming of Cross Country Championships
The first conference championships of the 2014-15 academic year come up this week as the Villanova men's and women's cross country teams head to the BIG EAST meet at Northview Church in Carmel, Ind. on Friday morning. The meet, which features the women's race at 11 a.m. and the men's race at 11:50 a.m., will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
Ben Malone Surges to Individual Victory at Haverford Invitational
Redshirt freshman Ben Malone (River Vale, N.J.) pulled into the lead with his final strides towards the finish line and emerged as the individual champion at the Haverford Invitational on Friday evening. Villanova had five runners competing in the local meet, which did not have any team scoring. Malone registered a winning time of 20:31.5 in the four-mile race on the Alumni Course at Haverford and held off the runner-up by two-tenths of a second.