Villanova Places 4th In Men’s 4 x 800 Relay

PHILADELPHIA, PA. 4/29/2017 – The Villanova Wildcats finished in fourth place in the College Men’s 4 x 800 Meter Championship of America at the Penn Relays.  The Wildcats fell victim to a strong Virginia Tech Hokies squad who won the title covering the distance in 7:13.75.  Nova turned in a time of 7:21.18.

Virginia Tech took an early lead on a 1:48.85 run by Neal Gourley which gave the team a two second lead over the rest of the field.  Third runner Drew Piazza turned in a blistering time of 1:46.95 which gave the Hokies the separation needed.

“Virginia Tech did a super job,” said Villanova Coach Marcus O’Sullivan.  “They kept the pressure on the whole time, they had strong legs throughout.  You keep the pressure on and everyone has a weak leg, it goes away.  Penn State has a strong team, but left too much of a deficit for anyone to pull off at that point.”

Penn State finished in second place nearly seven seconds behind running a time of 7:20.54.  Clemson was third recording a 7:20.94 time.

For the Wildcats Logan Wetzel ran a 1:50.95 holding third place at the time.  Harry Purcell ran a 1:49.52. The third leg was run by Ishmael Muhammad who turned in a time of 1:50.91.  Anchor runner Ville Lampinen was timed in 1:49.72.

“I try to look at the positives,” O’Sullivan said.  “Harry Purcell had a good leg, Logan did a great job leading off.”

The Hokies team was made up of Gourley, Vincent Ciattei (1:48.75), Drew Piazza, and Patrick Joseph (1:49.21).

Written By: Glenn Papazian



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