Friday, September 30, 2011

Villanova Men 4th at Paul Short Run


Marcus O'Sullivan's men's team ran today in Bethlehem, PA at the Paul Short Run, finishing a solid 4th in the team standings. This without a strong finish from Mathew Mildenhall who would normally be at the head of the Villanova contingent. Added to the mix who were absent last week, Matt Gibney and Ryan Sheridan made their season debuts. Some positives and negatives merit comment.

On the positive side, Matt Gibney showed the benefit of solid (healthy) base training over the summer, as he led the Villanova team with his 15th place finish (24:41 over the 8K course). Keith Capecci came home a stride or two behind Gibney in 17th (24:42). After much anticipation, Iona transfer Ryan Sheridan wore the Villanova singlet for the first time and finished in 37th (25:01) as Villanova's 3rd man. Also, the Cats did well despite the absence of Mildenhall, expected to be one of Villanova's top harriers this year, at the front of the charge. Finally on the positive side was the nice 38 second spread between the team's five scorers.

More unexpected were the 79th and 81st finishes of Brian Long (who won the Main Line Invitational last week in fine fashion) and Matt Kane (who ran a strong 19:43 over 4 miles last week), and the 176th finish for Mathew Mildenhall. We wondered if Sam McEntee's performance last week at Haverford would have led to the removal of a redshirt. The answer: No. McEntee raced unattached today in the Open Race, which the Aussie from Perth won in 25:25. That time would have placed him in 80th place, between Brian Long and Matt Kane, in the Gold Race.

Overall, the Villanova men came in ranked #18 but outperformed some higher ranked squads (#15 Syracuse, #17 Providence, and #12 Princeton). On the other hand, #22 Georgetown and #39 Columbia finished ahead of Villanova. An overall assessment is not easy, since many teams ran split squads.

Team Results -- Top 5
1. Oklahoma (#4) 2-3-4-7-18-23-43 34
2. Georgetown (#22) 19-20-31-33-40-71-109 143
3. Columbia (#39) 24-27-29-34-42-47-52 156
4. Villanova (#18) 15-17-37-44-64-79-81 177
5. Syracuse (#15) 11-35-38-72-73-89-106 229

Others of Note
6. Providence (#17) 9-14-53-78-93-95-120 247
10. Virginia (#19) 12-13-45-99-129-132-163 298
21. Princeton (#12) 77-101-104-126-161-170-182 569

4. Villanova University
15 Matthew Gibney, Sr 24:41
17 Keith Capecci, Sr 24:42
37 Ryan Sheridan, Sr 25:01
44 Greg Morrin, Jr 25:07
64 John Pickhaver, Jr 25:19
79 Brian Long, Sr 25:24
81 Matthew Kane, Sr 25:26
94 Joseph LoRusso 25:30
134 Alex Tully 25:43
176 Mathew Mildenhall 25:56
Total Time = 2:04:48 Total Places = 177


Here's the top 20 finishers in the 8K race:


1. Paul Chelimo, So 4:34 23:55 UNC-Greensboro
2. Jeremy Sudbury, Sr 4:48 24:12 University of Oklahoma
3. George Alex, Sr 4:48 24:13 University of Oklahoma
4. Bill Kogel, Jr 4:48 24:13 University of Oklahoma
5. James Leakos, So 4:50 24:14 Harvard University
6. Dan Lowry, Sr 4:50 24:18 Brown University
7. Kevin Schwab, Sr 4:49 24:19 University of Oklahoma
8. Ethan Shaw, Sr 4:51 24:19 Dartmouth College
9. Dominic Channon, Sr 4:48 24:21 Providence College
10. Evans Kosgei, 5 4:49 24:25 Lehigh University
11. Pat Dupont, Sr 4:50 24:27 Syracuse
12. Mark Amirault, 5 4:48 24:29 University of Virginia
13. Chris Foley, So 4:48 24:32 University of Virginia
14. Shane Quinn, Fr 4:49 24:40 Providence College
15. Matthew Gibney, Sr 4:49 24:41 Villanova University
16. Matt Duffy, Sr 4:50 24:41 Brown University
17. Keith Capecci, Sr 4:51 24:42 Villanova University
18. Kevin Williams, Jr 4:48 24:45 University of Oklahoma
19. Alex Lundy, 5 4:51 24:46 Georgetown University
20. Andrew Springer, So 4:48 24:47 Georgetown University


In other races at Paul Short:

MEN'S OPEN RACE

1. Sam McEntee (UA) 25:25
6. Chris O'Sullivan 25:42
7. Brian Basili 25:45
28. Rob Denault (UA) 26:07
43. Dusty Solis 26:32
48. Brian Tetreault 26:39
57. Tom Trainer (UA) 26:49
63. Robert Hurlbut (UA) 26:56
70. Chris Pietrocarlo 27:02
74. John Castillo (UA) 27:04
123. Daniel Norman 27:39
208. Philip O'Connell 28:20
222. Richie Bohny 28:31


** Complete Results: click the title of this post **

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