Tiernan Stands Alone in BIG EAST History after Fourth Straight Title
There were three Villanovans tied for a unique accomplishment, and now senior Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) stands alone among the legendary runners that have been a part of BIG EAST history. Tiernan became the first men’s or women’s runner ever to win the league’s individual cross country championship four times with a dominant performance at Van Cortlandt Park on Friday morning. Tiernan covered the 8,000 meter course in 24:18.2, won the race by more than 10 seconds and broke away from a tie with two women’s runners from the Wildcats who had previously won three career BIG EAST cross country titles.
Tiernan and Company Set For BIG EAST Championships on Friday Morning
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Only three runners in BIG EAST history have won as many as three individual conference titles in cross country, and all have worn a Villanova singlet. Narrowing down the list even further, Wildcats senior Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) is the only men's runner in the league's storied history who has won three BIG EAST cross country titles. He has been the conference champion each of the past three seasons, and was preceded in achieving that feat only by Villanova women's stars Vicki Huber (1986, 1987, 1989) and Sheila Reid (2009, 2010, 2011).
Louis Vazquez and Lucas Arrivo Compete at Haverford Invitational
Redshirt freshmen Louis Vazquez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Lucas Arrivo (Ann Arbor, Mich.) each ran in the four-mile Haverford Invitational on Friday afternoon. Vazquez finished in 15th place at the local meet and Arrivo notched a 29th place finish. Their times were 21:33.8 and 22:43.4, respectively.
Marston Paces Wildcats With 13th Place Finish at Penn State National
Redshirt freshman Andrew Marston (Wayne, Pa.) was the top Villanova finisher for the third time in four starts this season as the Wildcats competed at the Penn State National on Friday afternoon. Marston placed 13th in a field of more than 100 runners and registered a time of 25:16 on the 5.2-mile course at the Blue & White Golf Course. Villanova finished 11th as a team in the meet.
Men's Cross Country to Compete at Penn State National Friday Afternoon
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One of the biggest weekends on the cross country regular season schedule comes around this weekend and Villanova will be competing at the Penn State National on Friday afternoon. The men's competition consists of a 5.2-mile race on the Blue & White Golf Course, and the start time has been pushed back to 12:15 p.m. due to the possibility of frost on the course earlier in the morning.
Andrew Marston Tallies Fifth Place Finish at Chile Pepper Festival
Redshirt freshmen Andrew Marston (Wayne, Pa.) and Casey Comber (Maple Glen, Pa.) combined to be the top two Villanova finishers for the third straight meet this season, and the Wildcats finished fifth in a strong field of teams at the Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday morning. Marston and Comber each tallied top-20 finishes in a race that included runners from 18 Division I teams at Agri Park on the Arkansas campus.
Comber and Marston Take Top Two Spots at Main Line Invitational
Redshirt freshmen Casey Comber (Maple Glen, Pa.) and Andrew Marston (Wayne, Pa.) finished first and second, respectively, and Villanova placed three runners in the top eight overall at the Main Line Invitational on Friday evening. Comber paced a field of 46 runners with a time of 19:21.3 on the four-mile Alumni Course on the Haverford College campus. Marston was second in 19:38.0 and the Wildcats five scoring runners combined for a team score of 38 points.
Men’s Cross Country Starts Off Strong at Big 5 Invitational
A contingent of seven runners from Villanova got the 2016 season underway at the Big 5 Invitational held at Belmont Plateau on Friday evening. Redshirt freshman Andrew Marston (Wayne, Pa.) led the Wildcats with a fourth place finish in a field of 52 runners, while redshirt freshman Casey Comber (Maple Glen, Pa.) also placed among the top 10 finishers in the 6,000 meter race.