Sydney MareeAs might be expected, given its strong tradition in the middle distances, Villanova athletes are quite prominent among the top times ever produced at the NCAA outdoor championship meet. However, it's only in the 1500 meters and 5000 meters that Villanova currently has top-10 all-time performances. Sydney Maree still holds the fastest times ever run at the meet in both events. Also on the list from Villanova are Eamonn Coghlan (1500), Marcus O'Sullivan (1500), Bobby Curtis (5000), and Sheila Reid (5000). All but Marcus O'Sullivan's time was an NCAA title winner. The current coach at Villanova had the misfortune of running what at the time was the 5th fastest 1500 ever at NCAA nationals in the same race that Joachim Cruz ran the second fastest. While O'Sullivan is perhaps the most noteworthy Villanova great who never won an individual NCAA title, he went on to win three world championships in the 1500i meters, set a world record at that distance, and make four Irish Olympic teams. Here's a list of the events in which a Villanova athletes currently ranks among the top 12 times ever achieved at outdoor Nationals.
ALL-TIME BEST PERFORMANCES AT NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men's 1500 meters 3:35.30 Sydney Maree Villanova 1981 3:35.79 Abdi Bile George Mason 1987 3:36.48 Joaquim Cruz Oregon 1984 3:37.01 Eamonn Coghlan Villanova 1976 3:37.07 Lopez Lomong N. Arizona 2007 3:37.13 Leonel Manzano Texas 2005 3:37.26 Wilson Waigwa UTEP 1976 3:37.29 Matt Centrowitz Oregon 1976 3:37.40 Marcus O’Sullivan Villanova 1984 3:37.48 Leonel Manzano Texas 2007
Men's 5000 meters (+ = converted from 3M) 13:20.63 Sydney Maree Villanova 1979 13:21.79 Henry Rono Washington St 1978 13:22.32 Ryan Hall Stanford 2005 13:22.54 Ian Dobson Stanford 2005 13:25.39 Rudy Chapa Oregon 1979 13:27.54 Nick Willis Michigan 2005 13:31.4. Steve Prefontaine Oregon 1972 13:31.64 Adam Goucher Colorado 1998 13:33.67+ Steve Prefontaine Oregon 1973 13:33.93 Bobby Curtis Villanova 2008
Women's 5000 meters 15:15.08 Sally Kipyego Texas Tech 2008 15:16.76 Michelle Sikes Wake Forest 2007 15:23.80 Lisa Koll Iowa State 2010 15:24.22 Sally Kipyego Texas Tech 2007 15:37.57 Sheila Reid Villanova 2011 15:37.65 Molly Huddle Notre Dame 2007 15:37.77 Amy Skieresz Arizona 1998 15:38.23 Emily Infeld Georgetown 2011 15:38.47 Annette Hand Oregon 1988 15:39.38 PattiSue Plumer Stanford 1984