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February 10, 1989 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
Watch his race strategy and the judicious moment when he unleashes his powerful finishing kick, and it becomes clear why Marcus O'Sullivan is the Thinking Man's Miler. O'Sullivan also qualifies as the Miling Man's Thinker, and therein lies a problem that may be evident tonight when the unbeaten former Villanova star goes after his fourth victory of the indoor season in the Vitalis Meadowlands Invitational. O'Sullivan's trouble is sleep, or more accurately, the amount of sleep he loses thinking about races, rivals and competition.
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February 13, 1998 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Wanamaker Mile should be a doubly thrilling attraction tonight at Madison Square Garden when the East Coast indoor track season begins with the 91st Millrose Games. The potential for a double measure of excitement lies with the enduring Marcus O'Sullivan and the endearing Laban Rotich. O'Sullivan, the 36-year-old Irish ex-Villanovan from Havertown, will try to turn the 11-lap race into a Wanamaker milestone, by covering the classic distance in a time faster than four minutes.
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March 5, 1994 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
His fitness is far from 100 percent and his performance level has been subpar for more than a month, but Marcus O'Sullivan doesn't intend to let either factor deny the biggest payday of his storied athletic career. O'Sullivan, 32, the ex-Villanova middle-distance runner from Ireland, has a chance to win more than $40,000 today in the USA/Mobil indoor track and field championships at the Georgia Dome. Going into the meet as the overall Mobil Grand Prix leader, O'Sullivan almost certainly would maintain that status by winning the men's mile, but he hardly has room for error.
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May 2, 2014 | By Elliott Denman, For The Inquirer
In just 9.2 seconds on June 24, 1961, Francis Joseph "Frank" Budd proved himself the fastest man on earth. Winning the gold medal in the 100-yard dash in the National AAU Championships at Downing Stadium on Randall's Island in New York, the Villanova junior took a tenth of a second off the world record that had been in the books for more than 14 years. It was the singular moment in the celebrated career of the athlete who died at age 74 Tuesday night at Virtua Hospital in Marlton.
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June 13, 1998 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Marcus O'Sullivan says he's pondering a career change. And there just happens to be a position open at his alma mater. Nearing retirement as a professional runner, O'Sullivan sounds very much like a man looking for a new challenge. Contacted Thursday, two days after Villanova track and field coach John Marshall was let go, O'Sullivan said he'd be interested in the position. And the Daily News has learned O'Sullivan is the front-runner. "I had never planned on coaching, ever," said O'Sullivan, who lives in Havertown.
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April 22, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcus O'Sullivan seems pleased to have "a lot of depth, more than ever before" on his Villanova men's track team that will attempt to handle both the pressure and some of the nation's best teams at Franklin Field in this week's 121st Penn Relays. Now the Wildcats' coach has to make sure he selects the right runners for each race and runs them in the correct order to maximize their chances against strong opponents like Oregon, Georgetown and Penn State. Just because he has a lot of depth, O'Sullivan said Monday at a Penn Relays news conference, "it doesn't mean you're going to get it done.
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November 15, 2012 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When Frances Koons lists her reasons for running the 2012 Rothman 8K race on Saturday, she points out the same attributes that draw almost every other runner in the Philadelphia area. "It's close, so we don't need to wake up early and drive somewhere," said Koons, 26, who lives in Ardmore, which is just shy of five miles away from Center City. "It's a nice, flat course. " What Koons leaves out is that she won the women's race in 2009 in 26 minutes, 34 seconds and that this will be her first return to the distance in three years.
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February 26, 1995 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Once again finding himself the pacemaker by default, Marcus O'Sullivan held off a late challenge with an excellent finishing kick yesterday, to take the mile event in the Mobil Invitational meet at George Mason University. Pressed to the front of the pack by rivals who refused to take the lead - a problem that has plagued O'Sullivan all season long - the ex-Villanova star took control with a quarter-mile left and churned to a victory in 3 minutes, 56.48 seconds. It was the fastest mile thus far in this indoor track season and the fourth winning performance in five races for O'Sullivan.
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January 19, 1995 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At the tender age of 33, when most athletes are looking back at their achievements rather than looking ahead to new challenges, Marcus O'Sullivan remains a miler happily chasing milestones. By the end of the 1995 indoor track season, which makes its U.S. debut in Cambridge, Mass., this weekend, O'Sullivan hopes to have won his fourth world indoor mile championship, at Barcelona in mid-March. O'Sullivan also will be pointing for his sixth Wanamaker mile victory when the Millrose Games are contested Feb. 3 at Madison Square Garden.
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February 8, 1991 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a sport whose record achievements usually last no more than a season or two, Eamonn Coghlan's world indoor mile standard has been a remarkably durable exception. It has been almost eight full years since the night of Feb. 27, 1983, when Coghlan scorched his way around the 160-meter Meadowlands track in 3 minutes, 49.78 seconds. The Irishman and former Villanovan remains the only runner ever to beat the 3:50 barrier for a one-mile foot race indoors. Yet there is a fair chance that Coghlan's record finally will fall tonight in the 22d Vitalis/Meadowlands Invitational under the two-pronged assault of an experienced old friend and an exciting new talent.
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April 28, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The Villanova men are trying something a little different at the Penn Relays this year, and coach Marcus O'Sullivan appears to be quite excited about it. As always, the Wildcats will run their first race at the 122nd carnival in Friday's distance medley relay, an event that covers 10 laps and 4,000 meters around Franklin Field. But a little more than four hours later, Villanova will take part in the sprint medley relay - a race of four laps and 1,600 meters that the Cats have entered "for the first time in my 18 years" as head coach, O'Sullivan said.
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April 22, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
Villanova women's track and cross-country coach Gina Procaccio recalled the time she felt very good about her chances of attracting a top high school runner after the Wildcats finished a back-to-back national cross-country championship run in 2010 and 2011 but wound up losing the prospect to Stanford. So she couldn't help but chuckle a couple of weeks ago when she checked her email after Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning three-point shot against North Carolina to give Villanova the national championship in basketball.
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April 22, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
FOR VILLANOVA, there can never be any excuses at the Penn Relays. That's just the way it is. Comes with all the tradition. "It's always tough for us," Wildcats men's coach Marcus O'Sullivan said. "Other than us, everybody else can take a year off when they're not ready to race. We can't. That's one of the things we talk about a lot. Some years, when we're not ready, that's what we live with. " Fortunately for him, this is not one of those Aprils. He thinks his team is as deep as it's ever been in his 17 seasons.
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April 22, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcus O'Sullivan seems pleased to have "a lot of depth, more than ever before" on his Villanova men's track team that will attempt to handle both the pressure and some of the nation's best teams at Franklin Field in this week's 121st Penn Relays. Now the Wildcats' coach has to make sure he selects the right runners for each race and runs them in the correct order to maximize their chances against strong opponents like Oregon, Georgetown and Penn State. Just because he has a lot of depth, O'Sullivan said Monday at a Penn Relays news conference, "it doesn't mean you're going to get it done.
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May 2, 2014 | By Elliott Denman, For The Inquirer
In just 9.2 seconds on June 24, 1961, Francis Joseph "Frank" Budd proved himself the fastest man on earth. Winning the gold medal in the 100-yard dash in the National AAU Championships at Downing Stadium on Randall's Island in New York, the Villanova junior took a tenth of a second off the world record that had been in the books for more than 14 years. It was the singular moment in the celebrated career of the athlete who died at age 74 Tuesday night at Virtua Hospital in Marlton.
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November 15, 2012 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
When Frances Koons lists her reasons for running the 2012 Rothman 8K race on Saturday, she points out the same attributes that draw almost every other runner in the Philadelphia area. "It's close, so we don't need to wake up early and drive somewhere," said Koons, 26, who lives in Ardmore, which is just shy of five miles away from Center City. "It's a nice, flat course. " What Koons leaves out is that she won the women's race in 2009 in 26 minutes, 34 seconds and that this will be her first return to the distance in three years.
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February 11, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Coghlan was only 10 years old when he decided to put away his soccer ball and take up running in his native Ireland. As he got better at it, he turned to his father for help and guidance, but the older man didn't exactly react with rampant enthusiasm. You see, John's father is Eamonn Coghlan, one of the greatest runners in Villanova history. A four-time world-record holder in the indoor mile, he became known as the "Chairman of the Boards" for his seven victories in the Wanamaker Mile at the prestigious Millrose Games.
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April 15, 2010 | By MIKE KERN, kernm@phillynews.com
The annual Penn Relays Carnival, which gets under way in earnest next Thursday, is about a lot of things. But around here, it's mostly about Villanova. And mainly about the Distance Medley Relay. "It's one of the interesting events, because it stimulates spectator interaction," said coach Marcus O'Sullivan, whose Wildcats won it last April for a record 23rd time, but first since 2001. "You watch it, and everyone's got something to say about it at the end. When you have so much going on, everyone kind of gets engaged in the race.
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December 1, 2000 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
The emotions were evident in the voices of everyone who spoke yesterday about Jim Tuppeny. People laughed as they told stories about "Tupp," a prominent Philadelphia track and field coach for more than 50 years who died Wednesday night. Moments later, the same people were struggling to maintain their composure. Tuppeny, 75, died at his Haverford home from heart failure caused by complications from stomach cancer. "He was a great, great man," said Haverford College track coach Tom Donnelly, a former Villanova runner and one of Tuppeny's many successful recruits.
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June 23, 1998 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
On the day Marcus O'Sullivan began his ticklish new job, he gathered his charges and explained things. He told Villanova's men's and women's track athletes that he knew it had to be a shock to lose their coach, John Marshall, to what Marshall intimated was a forced resignation June 9. O'Sullivan pointed out that he also suddenly lost his coach, Jumbo Elliott, who died in March 1981 when O'Sullivan was a Villanova freshman. After agreeing to a three-year contract yesterday, O'Sullivan encouraged the runners to enjoy their summer break and to return refreshed for the fall cross country season, with Marshall's messy departure behind them.
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