Greetings Wildcats! I hope you’re all ready for next week’s Thanksgiving feast. As Kamrin Pester always says, “yum yum in my tum tum makes me run run,” so be sure to get your fair share! Before you head home, we wanted to give you a recap of all the amazing work the Club Running team has done during this Fall Cross Country season. This has been quite a successful year so far for Villanova Club Running, and your performances at the Princeton Invitational and NIRCA Mid-Atlantic Regionals meets are just two outstanding examples of that. We’ve had such consistent attendance and hard work from all of you this year, and you have a lot to show for it.
At the Princeton Invitational on October 4th we had our best performance ever as a team. Our top three in the men’s 8k race were Etienne Dumas coming in first with a time of 26:59, followed by Brandon Timm with a time of 27:59, Albert Tebbetts in 28:14, Shawn Vettom, Pat Hehir, Mitchell Klema, Dan Schmetterling, Matthew Stopkey, Kamrin Pester, Seth Bryant, Chris Sheldon, and Gerry Wagner. On the Girl’s side we had Cedar Nelson coming in at a blazing 24:00 for a 4th place finish overall for 6k, followed by Alex Shaw at 26:40, Molly Stone at, Ashden Personius, Cindy Jones, Gillian Krautman, Kelly Mulvaney, and Vanessa Dilorio.
Then, at the 2015 NIRCA Mid Atlantic Regional Championship, also at Princeton we saw performances that once again eclipsed those at the first Princeton meet. On the guys side, we had six guys run sub 28 for the 8k with our top finisher Pat Hehir came in at 26:57, followed by James Kelly in 27:22, and Brandon Timm in 27:29, with Shawn Vettom, Alec Depaolis, Will Landis, Eric Fedio, Neil Macfarlane, Albert Tebbetts, Mitchell Klema, Matthew Stopkey, Alex Alberti, Dan Schmetterling, and Seth Bryant coming in behind them for a solid performance. On the Women’s team we also had PR’s all around with Cedar Nelson coming in 11th overall at 23:35, followed by Elle Lynott at 24:13, and Ashden Personius at 25:06, followed closely by Sarah Davis, Alex Shaw, Cindy Jones, Gillian Krautman, Catherine Rayward, Molly Stone, and Sabrina Nguyen.
We have a lot to be proud of and we should all be looking forward to extremely exciting indoor and outdoor track seasons. Congratulations to everyone who raced, and thank you for making Club Running the best club at Villanova. We certainly couldn’t do it without all of you.