Villanova Men and Women Take 2011 BIG EAST Cross Country Titles


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The Villanova women claimed their 14th BIG EAST cross country title, while the Villanova men won their fourth team title at the 2011 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday hosted by Louisville. The women's victory was the fourth straight for the Wildcats, becoming the first team to win four consecutive BIG EAST titles since they won six straight from 1989-1994. The men won their first title since 2002.
 
The women were led by 2010 NCAA Champion senior Sheila Reid, who won her third straight individual BIG EAST title, crossing the line in 19:40.9. Reid was followed closely by teammate senior Bogdana Mimic, who took second in 19:51.2. Villanova had all five of its runners place in the top 23, including sophomore Olanike Akande in 12th with a time of 20:56.1 and sophomore Emily Lipari who finished 16th in 20:36.4. The Wildcats finished with a team total of 54 points.
 
Providence took second on the women's side, finishing nine points behind Villanova with 63. Sophomore Emily Sisson led the Friars in fourth place with a time of 19:57.4, as Providence placed three runners in the top 10. Sophomore Laura Nagel place sixth with a time of 20:12.6 and senior Hannah Davidson took ninth with a time of 20:19.0. Georgetown followed Providence in third with 77 points, while Syracuse and West Virginia tied for fourth with 92 points.
 
Villanova won its first BIG EAST title since 2002 by placing five runners in the top 13 including three in the top 10. Senior Matthew Gibney was the top finisher for the Wildcats, placing fifth with a time of 23:41.4 on the 8k course. Senior Keith Capecci took sixth in 23:42.2 and graduate student Ryan Sheridan finished ninth in 23:51.3. The Wildcats finished with 43 points, 51 points ahead of second place Georgetown.
 
Georgetown finished second for the men with 94 points. Junior Mark Dennin led the Hoyas in seventh-place, crossing the line in 23:49.7. Graduate student Alex Lundy took 15th place in 24:05.2 while sophomore Andrew Springer took 16th in 24:05.6. Louisville followed Georgetown in third place with 96 points. Cincinnati senior Eric Finan took home the individual title in a time of 23:17.7. Finan defeated the field by more than 11 seconds.
 
Team Results
Men:
1. Villanova- 43 WATCH INTERVIEW
2. Georgetown- 94
3. Louisville- 96
4. Syracuse- 97
5. Providence- 116
6. Notre Dame- 119
7. Marquette- 201
8. Cincinnati- 218
9. DePaul- 273
10. Connecticut- 274
11. Rutgers- 361
12. USF- 388
13. Pittsburgh- 390
14. Seton Hall- 437
 
Men's Team Results
 
Women:
1. Villanova- 54 WATCH INTERVIEW
2. Providence- 63
3. Georgetown- 77
4. Syracuse- 92
    West Virginia- 92
6. Notre Dame- 136
7. Connecticut- 165
8. USF- 249
9. Marquette- 301
10. Rutgers- 322
11. Louisville- 340
12. Cincinnati- 342
13. St. John's- 416
14. DePaul- 428
15. Seton Hall- 462
16. Pittsburgh- 476

Women's Team Results
  
Men's All-BIG EAST (Top 15 finishers)
1. Eric Finan (UC)- 23:17.7 WATCH INTERVIEW
2. David McCarthy (PC)- 23:29.3
3. Matthew Hughes (UofL)- 23:38.2
4. Matthew Graham (DPU)- 23:38.4
5. Matthew Gibney (VU)- 23:41.4
6. Keith Capecci (VU)- 23:42.2
7. Mark Dennin (GU)- 23:49.7
8. Ryan Sheridan (VU)- 23:51.3
9. Pat Dupont (SU)- 23:51.7
10. Martin Grady (ND)- 23:52.2
11. Samuel McEntee (VU)- 23:54.1
12. Jeremy Rae (ND)- 23:55.4
13. Matthew Kane (VU)- 23:57.3
14. Mathew Mildenhall (VU)- 23:58.6
15. Alex Lundy (GU)- 24:05.2

Men's Individual Results
 
Women's All-BIG EAST (Top 15 finishers)
1. Sheila Reid (VU)- 19:40.9 WATCH INTERVIEW
2. Bogdana Mimic (VU)- 19:51.2
3. Kate Harrison (WVU)- 19:52.7
4. Emily Sisson (PC)- 19:57.4
5. Emily Infeld (GU)- 20:02.2
6. Laura Nagel (PC)- 20:12.6
7. Katie Gillespie (WVU)- 20:14.0
8. Lauren Sara (UConn)- 20:16.0
9. Hannah Davidson (PC)- 20:19.0
10. Lauren Penney (SU)- 20:21.6
11. Sarah-Anne Brault (WVU)- 20:24.0
12. Olanike Akande (VU)- 20:26.1
13. Emily Jones (GU)- 20:30.4
14. Sarah Pagano (SU)- 20:33.1
15. Kristen Kasper (GU)- 20:34. 7

Women's Individual Results
 
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Women's Coaching Staff of the Year
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