Track: Men’s relay team finishes second at Millrose

Corey Marine

The men’s track team was back in action in a nationally televised event at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Feb. 1 for a 4×800 race. The Wildcats placed second out of seven teams at the 101st Annual Millrose Games. The group posted a time of 7:35.45, surpassing its season-best time by four seconds and falling to the first-place team, Arkansas, by under a second. The ‘Cats’ time is now the second-best time in the Big East behind Georgetown by less than two seconds.

Villanova was followed by those same Hoyas, who finished 4.52 seconds behind the Wildcats. Columbia took fourth place, and the George Mason Patriots placed fifth. Cornell claimed sixth, and Seton Hall rounded out the group of seven.

Senior Michael Kerrigan led the team and was followed by fellow senior Mark Korich. Freshman Jason Apwah ran third for the Wildcats, and junior Sean Tulley anchored the group.

The race came down to the wire, as Arkansas and ‘Nova traded places within the final lap of the race. Tulley passed his Arkansas opponent with just over two laps to go. However, the Razorbacks took back the lead in the final lap.

“I am happy with the result because it was a great effort,” Head Coach Marcus O’Sullivan said after the race. “It was a very entertaining race, and everyone ran exceptionally well. Sean may have made his move a little prematurely, but Arkansas has a great team, and I am pleased with this effort.”