April 28, 2016 |
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.
April 22, 2016 |
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.
April 22, 2015 |
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.
April 22, 2015 |
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.
May 2, 2014 |
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.
November 15, 2012 |
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.
February 11, 2012 |
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.
April 15, 2010 |
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.
December 1, 2000 |
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.
June 23, 1998 |
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.