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World Championships Preview: Wildcats Will Be Well Represented
July 27, 2017

Villanova Schedule at IAAF World Championships | NBC Sports Track & Field Broadcast Schedule

VILLANOVA, Pa.--A contingent of six current and former Villanova athletes are headed to London for the IAAF World Championships, which will be held at London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from August 4-13. The six athletes competing at the world championships represent four different countries and they will combine to run at five different distances ranging from 800 meters up to the marathon.

Rising senior Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Ireland) from the Wildcats women’s track & field team will represent Ireland in the 800 meters after being chosen for the world meet based on the descending order list of performances in the 800 meters. Men’s track & field volunteer assistant coach Patrick Tiernan (Australia), last year’s NCAA cross country champion, is scheduled to compete in both the 5000 meters and the 10000 meters for Australia.

Tiernan is one of three Villanovans who are members of the Australian team that will compete in London. Fellow distance runner Sam McEntee, who along with Tiernan competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, also will run the 5000 meters next week. Jordy Williamsz makes his World Championships debut in the 1500 meters.

Women’s middle distance runner Sheila Reid (Canada) and men’s marathoner Bobby Curtis (United States) will also compete in London. Reid, a five-time NCAA champion during her collegiate career and a 2012 Olympian in London, will compete in the 1500 meters. Curtis, also an NCAA champion for the Wildcats, will run in the marathon at worlds.



Reid and Tiernan will be the first on the track when the World Championships get underway on Friday, August 4. The first round heats of the women’s 1500 meters take place that day at 2:35 p.m. Eastern time (7:35 p.m. local time in London), while the final of the men’s 10000 meters is scheduled for 4:20 p.m. Eastern time. A complete daily schedule of the events for all six Villanova athletes can be accessed via the link at the top of this release.

The six athletes heading to London are among the most decorated Wildcats in history, even in a program with a rich championship tradition at the NCAA level and internationally. Their combined list of accolades during their Villanova careers is staggering: seven NCAA titles, 43 All-America honors and 48 BIG EAST titles.

Fans who wish to follow the action at the World Championships have a variety of options to do so. NBC Sports will provide coverage each day of the meet, with a daily schedule of where to access that coverage available at the top of this release. Recaps and results from each day that one of the six Villanova athletes competes will be posted on and on the Wildcats track & field social media accounts.

The IAAF World Championships, commonly referred to as the World Championships in Athletics, is a biennial athletics event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). Originally held every four years, first in 1983, the current two-year cycle began in 1991.

Get to know our six competing athletes in the preview below.


Siofra Cleirigh Buttner, Ireland, 800 Meters

  • Rising senior on the women’s track & field and cross country teams
  • Lifetime personal best in the 800 meters is 2:01.98 (July 9, 2016 in Solihull, England)
  • Five-time All-American and seven-time BIG EAST champion entering her senior seasons
  • Irish national champion in the 800 meters in 2016
  • Placed seventh in the 800 meters at European Athletics U23 Championships in Poland on July 15

Bobby Curtis, United States, Marathon

  • Lifetime personal best in the marathon is 2:11:20 (2014 – Chicago; 2016 – Frankfurt, Germany)
  • NCAA outdoor champion in the 5000 meters in 2008 (most recent Villanova men’s outdoor title)
  • Six-time All-American and six-time BIG EAST champion during his collegiate career
  • Has run at three IAAF World Cross Country Championships meets and in the U.S. Olympic trials
  • Top American finisher (ninth overall) at the 2014 Chicago Marathon

Sam McEntee, Australia, 5000 Meters

  • Lifetime personal best in the 5000 meters is 13:17.55 (May 5, 2017 in Palo Alto, Calif.)
  • Six-time All-American and four-time BIG EAST champion during his collegiate career
  • Competed in the 5000 meters at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Was the 5000 meters champion at the Australian Athletics Championships in March 2016
  • One of 40 sub-four minute milers in Villanova history

Sheila Reid, Canada, 1500 Meters

  • Lifetime personal best in the 1500 meters is 4:02.96 (June 1, 2013 in Eugene, Ore.)
  • Five-time NCAA champion, 11-time All-American and 12-time BIG EAST champion
  • Competed in the 5000 meters at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London
  • Competed in the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow
  • Runner-up in the 1500 meters at the 2017 Canadian Track & Field Championships

Patrick Tiernan, Australia, 5000 Meters/10000 Meters

  • Lifetime bests: 5000 meters – 13:13.44 (5/27/17); 10000 meters – 27:29.81 (5/5/17)
  • Australian national champion in the 10000 meters (27:59.74 on 12/8/16 – Zatopek:10 in Victoria)
  • NCAA cross country champion (2016); eight-time All-American, 11-time BIG EAST champion
  • Competed in the 5000 meters at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Ran first career sub-four minute mile (3:57.59) on July 18 in Cork, Ireland

Jordy Williamsz, Australia, 1500 Meters

  • Lifetime personal best in the 1500 meters is 3:36.74 (May 13, 2012 in Swarthmore, Pa.)
  • Seven-time All-American and eight-time BIG EAST champion at Villanova
  • Ran seven sub-four minute miles or metric equivalents in the 1500 meters during collegiate career
  • Has represented Australia multiple times at IAAF World Relays held in Nassau, Bahamas
  • Competed in the 800 meters and the 1500 meters at 2017 Australian Athletics Championships