Monday, January 31, 2011
Gibney & Mackenzie Debut with Wins at the Armory || Beamish goes 8:03 over 3000 meters
Matt Gibney beat 29 other competitors in the mile on Saturday at the Armory. His 4:04.99 topped two other sub-4:10 mile efforts from Mathew Mildenhall (4:05.88) and Brian Long (4:08.91). On the national performance list, Gibney's time is 24th best and Mildenhall sits at 35th. Within the Big East conference, Gibney (#2), Mathew Mildenhall (#5), and Brian Long (#9) all sit among the top ten times this year.
The most noteworthy performance of the meet on the men's side, however, was the stellar 8:03.57 registered by Hugo Beamish in the 3000 meters. That time puts Beamish at 18th on the national performance list at that distance. Inside the Big East, Villanovans are now #2 (Beamish), #3 (Long), and #4 (Mildenhall) at 3,000 meters, trailing only the 7:53.33 of Providence's David McCarthy.
Other performances of note: Freshman Sam Ellison made his collegiate debut at 800 meters and ran 1:51.22, 40th best time in the NCAA and #3 in the Big East so far this season. Matt Wikler ran a PR in 1:52.08, putting him #8 in the Big East. Carl Mackenzie made his 2011 indoor debut, winning the 1000 meters in 2:25.59. Jason Apwah was a stride behind, in 2:26.22. Mackenzie and Apwah are now ranked #7 and #9, respectively, in the Big East over 1000 meters.