Monday, February 20, 2012

McEntee Second at Big East Mile

Well, the "glass half full" version of this Big East mile championship race is that Sam McEntee improved his 2011 Big East mile finish from 6th (4:10.61) last year to a close second (4:05.92) this year. The "glass half empty" part of the story, however, is that McEntee learned the same lesson absorbed last year by Matt Gibney: it's not very easy to run down Notre Dame's Jeremy Rae. Rae, the defending conference champion indoors, was shadowed by McEntee throughout the race, but McEntee could not get past Rae on the final lap. As in last year's race, when Rae beat Gibney by .36 seconds, Rae created separation from McEntee and had just enough turnover to keep the Villanova sophomore at bay. This time McEntee made a serious move off the final turn, but Rae -- an NCAA 1500 meter finalist outdoors in 2011 -- subtly moved out to lane 2 to thwart the effort, beating McEntee by .44 seconds. Villanova travels to Notre Dame in two weekends, providing McEntee a chance at revenge.

Joe LoRusso was 7th, Alex Tully 11th, and Danny Harris 12th, as Villanova qualified four men for the mile final.

Event 14  Men 1 Mile Run
MEET: M 4:00.12 2/22/2008 Kurt Benninger, Notre Dame
IC4A Qual.: I 4:14.90
NCAA Auto: A 3:57.90
ARMORY C: C 3:54.54 2012 Miles Batty, BYU
Name Year School Finals Points
1 1059 Jeremy Rae JR NOTRE DAME 4:05.48I 10
2 1281 Sam McEntee SO VILLANOVA 4:05.92I 8
3 830 Joe Clark JR CONNECTICUT 4:08.32I 6
4 1048 J.P. Malette JR NOTRE DAME 4:10.55I 5
5 978 Jack Hackett SR MARQUETTE 4:11.30I 4
6 900 Ben Furcht SO GEORGETOWN 4:11.35I 3
7 1278 Joseph LoRusso JR VILLANOVA 4:11.74I 2
8 923 Dylan Sorensen SO GEORGETOWN 4:12.04I 1
9 1249 Joseph Whelan FR SYRACUSE 4:12.20I
10 1120 Corey Brunelle SR PROVIDENCE 4:13.28I
11 1299 Alex Tully SO VILLANOVA 4:13.77I
12 1271 Danny Harris FR VILLANOVA 4:14.47I

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