From Jack Pfeiffer:
Last year’s winning team was Villanova, which ran 9:37.93, the slowest winning time in nearly 40 years (9:43.6 ’73). The Wildcats return Brian Tetreault, senior from Cinnaminson, N.J.; Carlton Bowers, junior from Springfield, N.J. (The Pingry School), and Samuel Ellison, sophomore from Dresher, Pa. (Upper Dublin) from that team but must replace anchorman Matthew Gibney, who pulled off come-from-behind wins in 2009 and last year. His replacement is expected to be Sam McEntee, sophomore from Perth, Australia, who has a 3:43 1,500 to his credit.
Villanova has won the DMR at the Relays 24 times, the most victories by a school in a single event.
There are plenty of challengers, including Indiana, which won this spring’s Florida Relays; Texas A&M, winner at the Texas Relays in 9:35; Virginia, Oklahoma, Penn State, Princeton, Duke and Oregon.
Princeton expects to field a lineup of van Ackeren, quartermiler Tom Hopkins (The Haverford School) , halfmiler Michael Williams (Bellevue, Wash.) and Stilin.
Oregon, which won this event two years ago, plans a lineup of two sub-1:50 halfmilers, Elijah Greer and Boru Guyota; a freshman from Georgetown Prep in Washington, Russell Hornsby, and Dunbar.
Plenty of schools have big anchors, including Silas Kirosio, 3:55 miler at Oklahoma Christian; Erik van Ingen, 3:56 miler at Binghamton; Henry Lelei for Texas A&M, the freshman Robby Creese (3:58) for Penn State, and Dan Lowry, recent 13:34 for 5k, for Brown. Brown is the lone Ivy League school that has never won a race at Penn.
Penn State last won this event in 1959, LaSalle in ’56. Duke, which hasn’t won a men’s race at the Relays in 40 years, plans to use the NCAA decathlon champion, Curtis Beach, on the 800 leg. Beach recently ran a 1:47.
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