No. 10 Villanova sweeps at Big East Championships, scores 200.5 points
NEW YORK -- In the Big East Championship, No. 10 Villanova had 200.5 points with Georgetown again second with 168. The last men's crown for the Wildcats was in 1986.
It was the first team sweep since Connecticut in 2009.
In the 3,000-meters race, Villanova teammates senior Sam McEntee and freshman Patrick Tiernan took first and second. On Friday Tiernan won the 5,000 and McEntee took third.
McEntee and Tiernan went to the front with two laps to go and raced each other to the wire. McEntee pulled ahead in the last few steps to win in 8:10.52. Tiernan clocked a 8:10.71.
The men's mile went to freshman Jordan Williamsz of Villanova. Ranked No. 2 in the Big East rankings this season with a sub-four minute mile on his resume, Williamsz broke away from a dense pack with two laps to win in time of 4:08.90. Providence sophomore Julian Oakley was second with Hoyas senior Bobby Peavey third.
"I always finish pretty strong and it was there today," said Williamsz. "A strong finish comes in handy in the mile."
The Wildcats ran up their domination of the middle distance events with Josh Lampron grabbing the 1,000.
On Friday, Hoyas sophomore Devante Washington had showed off his versatility by qualifying in three events -- 60, 200 and 400 meter dashes.
Washington placed in two finals, providing the Hoyas with much needed team points before coming up short in the 200 meters after tweaking his right leg in the closing meters.
Washington was second in the 60 to DePaul freshman Xavier Jones. In the 400, Washington was third as again the Blue Demons took first with sophomore Mac Melto grabbing first in 48.50.
DePaul senior Matt Babicz, dominating in the shot put with seven top-three finishes including four wins this season, won with his sophomore brother and teammate Anthony second.
No. 1 Arkansas, No. 8 Southern California at Alex Wilson Invite
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Arkansas traveled a select group to the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday. In its third race of the season, the distance medley relay team earned an NCAA-qualifying time for the first time this year.
Cale Wallace, Neil Braddy, Tomas Squella and Patrick Rono finished the DMR in 9:29.37, for a second-place overall finish and to secure an NCAA qualifying time. The quartet's time ranks fourth all time at Arkansas and fifth in the NCAA this season.
Travis Southard competed in the 400 along with teammate Eric Janise. Southard finished fourth in 46.99, his second-best finish this season and third-best time in his career. Janise's time of 47.32 was good for a sixth-place finish on Saturday.
Andrew Pisechko represented Arkansas in the 800, finishing sixth in 1:51.17, his best time this season.
For Southern California, Aaron Brown and Aleec Harris had the top collegiate times.
Aaron Brown won the 60 with a time of 6.62, after running 6.65 in the prelims. Junior BeeJay Lee took second in the finals with a time of 6.68, after taking second in the prelims with a time of 6.74.
No. 8 Southern California at Rossi Relays
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- USC posted the top college performance in six events at the 18th annual Rossi Relays.
Junior Allen Williams placed second in the 110 hurdles with a wind-aided PR of 14.49, junior Jemal Williams placed sixth in the 100 hurdles with a wind-aided PR of 15.36, redshirt sophomore Bryan Jordan placed seventh in the 3000 (8:40.89), Jemal Williams tied for third in the pole vault with a PR of 14-11.50 (4.56m) and finished 18th in the long jump with a PR of 20-9.25 (6.33m), Slater took seventh in the long jump with a leap of 22-0.75 (6.72m), Allen Williams finished ninth in the long jump (21-11.50), the USC "B" 4x400m relay placed third (3:19.62), the USC "A" relay placed 14th (3:25.85), the 4x800 meter relay placed third (8:04.57), the USC "B" distance medley took eighth (10:25.13) and the USC "A" distance medley finished 12th (10:27.53).