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The Sun's Arizin: Villanova cross country earns Nationals invite

The men are sending three runners, and the entire women's team is going. Plus, they dedicated a new facility!

Happy Monday, 'Nova Nation! The cross country programs had a big weekend at regionals, with both the men (their big dogs) and the women (the entire team) earning invites to the XC Nationals. That program just keeps on rolling.

In basketball news, the Big East got off to a 9-2 start (Thanks a lot Georgetown! Way to go Marquette!) but this week the real test comes with the Gavitt Games. No bias, there should be some great games. Including that rock fight between St. John's and Rutgers.

And now, the "news."

Rollie Massimino’s Latest Act: A Smaller Stage, but Just as Frenetic | The New York Times
Massimino, who rose to fame as the leader of the 1985 Villanova team that won the national championship, now coaches at Keiser University, an N.A.I.A. program in Florida.

Women's Basketball falls to NC State in the season opener |
The Wildcats rallied from 19 down in the second half to tie the game with 2:04 remaining, but the comeback fell short in the 70-64 loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Tiernan, Denault and Williamsz Earn Individual Spots at NCAA Championships |
The teams and individuals that will make up the field for next weeks NCAA Championships were announced on Saturday afternoon and Villanova will be represented by three members of the mens cross country team. Junior Patrick Tiernan (Toowoomba, Australia) and seniors Rob Denault (Aurora, Ont.) and Jordy Williamsz (Melbourne, Australia) each qualified as individuals as a result of their performances at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday afternoon.

Women's XC Earns At-Large Bid to NCAA Championships|
Following a strong performance at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday afternoon, the Villanova womens cross country team learned on Saturday that it had earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Championships. The national meet takes place next Saturday, November 21, at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The womens race that day begins at 12 p.m.

Track & Field and Cross Country Programs Dedicate New Office Space |
On a day that celebrated the rich tradition of the Villanova track & field and cross country programs, head coaches Marcus O'Sullivan and Gina Procaccio along with a number of Villanova dignitaries hosted a reception to dedicate the program's brand new office space in Jake Nevin Field House. The completely redesigned office suite was made possible by a generous donation from Villanova alum and longtime track & field supporter Robert F. Moran `72.

St. John's holds off Wagner, 66-57, in Mullin's first game | Rumble In The Garden
Chris Mullin notches win number one at Carnesecca Arena on Friday night.

Oof. Georgetown Falls to Radford in Double Overtime, 82-80 | Casual Hoya
Hoyas turn in lackadaisical effort, are upset by Highlanders on last-second three-pointer.

Marquette falls to Belmont 83-80, but Henry Ellenson is the real deal | Anonymous Eagle
Henry Ellenson did all he could in his debut, but Marquette couldn't get out of its own way down the stretch and fell to Belmont, 83-80, in the season opener.

Seton Hall moves to 2-0 with victory over Wagner | Big East Coast Bias
Whitehead rolls with another strong performance as Seton Hall gets their second win of the year.

Gonzaga-Pitt game at military base in Japan called due to slippery playing surface |
The game was canceled in the second half. Maybe we can just stop now with the aircraft carriers and temporary courts?