Thursday, September 6, 2012

Men's 2012 Cross Country Roster Released
No True Freshman on Squad

Marcus O'Sullivan has released the names of the harriers on the 2012 edition of Villanova cross country. Evidently, none of the members of Villanova's heralded 2012 recruiting class of distance men -- Jordy Williamsz, Josh Lampron, Harry Warnick, Kiernan Reilly, and Kevin Corbusier -- will compete this season, donning redshirts for the 2012 campaign. This approach, which is not at unusual for O'Sullivan, contrasts with Gina Procaccio's decision to utilize all three of her key distance recruits -- Angel Piccirillo, Kelsey Margey, and Caitlin Bungo -- on this season's cross country squad. Several members of last year's team who had eligibility remaining (Joe LoRusso, John Castillo, Mark Lee, and Philip O'Connell) are also absent from the 2012 men's roster. That being said, O'Sullivan squad has several experienced men who will compete for the top 7 spots on the A team. The team returns key standard-bearers from 2011: Sam McEntee, Mathew Mildenhall, and Matt Kane from last year's top 7, as well as veteran returners looking to break into the top group. Promising 2011 redshirts Rob Denault, Tom Trainer, Charlie Bates, and Rob Hurlbut look to make a charge as well. Finally, graduate student Andrew Golato, who ran for nearby Haverford College as an undergraduate, will mark his final year of collegiate eligibility as a Villanova Wildcat.

Name               Cl./Elig    Hometown/High School                       
Brian Basili        Jr./So.    South Orange, N.J./Columbia
Charlie Bates       So./Fr.    Hoboken, N.J./Saint Peter's Prep
Richie Bohny        Jr./So.    Holmdel, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy
Rob Denault         So./Fr.    Aurora, Ont./Aurora
Chris FitzSimons    Jr./So.    Hamden, Conn./Hamden
Andrew Golato       Gr./Sr.    Springfield, Pa./Monsignor Bonner
Dan Harris          Jr./So.    Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa
Robert Hurlbut      So./Fr.    Rochester, N.Y./McQuaid Jesuit
Matt Kane           Gr./Sr.    Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde
Sam McEntee         Jr./So.    Perth, Australia/Hale School
Mathew Mildenhall   Gr./Sr.    Auckland, New Zealand/Auckland Grammar School
Greg Morrin         Sr./Jr.    Hockessin, Del./St. Mark's
Chris O'Sullivan    Jr./So.    Havertown, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep
John Pickhaver      Sr./Jr.    Drexel Hill, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep
Chris Pietrocarlo   Jr./So.    Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy
Dusty Solis         Jr./So.    Colorado Springs, Colo./Coronado
Tom Trainer         So./Fr.    Havertown, Pa./La Salle College
Alex Tully          Sr./So.    Little Rock, Ark./Catholic


  1. What happened after they find out that they were really no freshmen in a squad?

    Jacob of running Philippines

  2. It means only that Marcus intends to red-shirt all the incoming freshman, which is something that he normally does. Williamsz, Lampron, Warnick, and Corbusier did, in fact, compete "unattached" in the first meet of the season. There was some thinking that he might not red-shirt Williamsz, for example, given that he was a bit older and had plenty of previous high-level experience. At any time in the season, the red-shirt can be taken off and the runner can compete for Villanova "officially." This may, in fact, happen -- we'll have to wait to see.