|Adrian Blincoe (r) and Bobby Curtis were Villanova's best in the decade|
As we approach the end of the decade it is appropriate to consider the contenders for the title of Villanova male Runner of the Decade. The most accomplished VU runners of the 2000-2009 decade were Adrian Blincoe (2003) and Bobby Curtis (2008). In my view, third place should go to Ryan Hayden, but a very difficult decision for first and second remains. Also, it is important to weigh only those accomplishments attained by the respective runners while wearing the blue and white. Otherwise, Blincoe's 5 extra years of international success (including his 13:10.19 New Zealand national record at 5000 meters, his 3:54.40 mile and 3:35.50 1500 meter PRs, and his 2008 Olympic team appearance) would make him the clear winner of the award. Curtis will have his time to build a comparable record if he is able to do so. As it stands, though, both runners have compelling claims on the title.
|Blincoe over Willis on NCAA DMR anchor|
|Curtis wins NCAA 5000 crown|
Both Blincoe and Curtis won NCAA titles (3000i and 5000 meters, respectively), and both were runners-up at the NCAA meet in those same events. Curtis ran a faster 5000 while competing for Villanova, while Blincoe is the school record holder at 3000i. Blincoe was an NCAA finalist at 1500 and was part of two NCAA DMR champions. At bottom, the fact that Blincoe established a school record, won two additional national championships, and anchored the 2001 Penn Relays DMR victory gives the Kiwi an ever-so-slight edge over Curtis for the title of Men's Runner of the Decade.