Friday, November 9, 2012

Nova Men Qualify for Cross Nationals with 2nd at XC Regional

Villanova's men ran a strong race today at Penn State's Blue & White course at the Mid-Atlantic Regional. The team (57 places) finished second, a mere 1 place behind Georgetown (56). Princeton was beaten into third, with 61 places. The hero of the day award goes to Alex Tully who ran the race of his life, finishing 14th overall, in 30:49. In a race where the top three teams were separated by a mere 5 places, Tully's dynamic run was critical in getting Villanova to nationals.

The Villanova men were in a strong position at the half-way mark, when they led the team competition with 33 places, ahead of Penn State (77), Georgetown (93), and regional #1 Princeton (95). Princeton moved up after 3 miles and with a mile to go crept within 45 to 60, with Georgetown at 65 and Penn State at 123. Ultimately, Georgetown was able to inch ahead, but Villanova held off Princeton to guarantee its place in Louisville. The Villanova men finished with an impressive 20 second 1-5 spread.

Full results are HERE.

 2.  Sam McEntee         30:34
 4.  Jordy Williamsz     30:36
14.  Alex Tully          30:49
18.  Mathew Mildenhall   30:53
19.  Rob Denault         30:54   
43.  Brian Basili        31:30
50.  Matt Kane           31:42

Team Scores
1.  Georgetown      8-9-11-13-15-(17)-(65)      56
2.  Villanova       2-4-14-18-19-(43)-(50)      57
3.  Princeton       3-5-6-21-26-(29)-(32)       61
4.  American        7-16-22-49-51              145
5.  Penn State      12-25-28-40-42-(46)-(94)   147

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