Villanovan’s Liam Murphy, Sean Donoghue, and Sean Dolan Will Go To Austin in Track
Malik Cunningham Goes in the Triple Jump
May 26, 2023 –
Day three is the final day for the men at the East Region in Jacksonville, FL. The last chance to qualify for the national championship in Austin, TX. Liam Murphy is going as the East’s top qualifier in the 1500m, where Sean Donoghue also qualified. Sean Dolan will be going to run in the 800m race. In the field Malik Cunningham placed seventh in the Triple Jump to punch his ticket. They join fellow Wildcat Haftu Strintzos heading to Texas on the men’s side.
Murphy ran the fastest qualifying time of 3:48.35 in winning the event. He did so by running the fastest split of :53.55 in the last 400 meters. He will be joined at the starting line by Donoghue who finished fifth in the same heat. The Top five runners in each heat punch their ticket to Austin. Donoghue covered the distance in 3:49.50.
Dolan took third place in his heat, and he became another Villanovan to qualify for a national title run. The top three from each heat automatically qualified and he did not have to worry about getting through on time. Dolan ran easily, and was in the middle of the pack after 400 meters. He went to the outside on the final turn and moved into third place and crossed the finish line in1:49.89. Dolan ran the fifth fastest time. Nicholas Plant of Virginia Tech won the heat and goes to Austin with the top time in the east of 1:49.21.
Cunningham is the fourth Wildcat on the day to make it to Texas. He qualified placing seventh in the event with a distance of 15.94m. Cunningham’s qualifying jump came in the third round. LSU’s Apalos Edwards had the longest distance in the event at 15.83m which he got on his first jump.
Three Philadelphia runners competed in the 3000m Steeplechase, but none finished in the top-twelve to qualify for the nationals. Michael Keehan of Penn had the best time of the Philly college runners crossing the finish line in 9:00.67 for 21st place. Evan Addison of Villanova came in 35th running a 9:07.78. La Salle’s David Butts placed 44th hitting the finish line in 9:23.15. Nathan Mountain from Virginia posts the top time of 8:37.40.
Neither Dennis Manyeah of La Salle or Mark Anselmi from Penn registered a height in the high jump. Nine jumpers cleared 2.14m as the top height.
Written By: Glenn Papazian