Josh Phillips Named BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week

09 Dec 2021 | 10:35 | Cross Country

NEW YORK—Senior men’s cross country runner Josh Phillips (Belrose, Australia) was named the BIG EAST Male Athlete of the Week in an announcement made by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon. It is the first career BIG EAST weekly honor for Phillips, who was the overall runner-up in the Men’s Gold race at the Paul Short Run last week.

Villanova came in second out of 40 teams in its first big race of the season last Friday and finished one point behind North Carolina in a close race for the team title. Phillips was one of three Wildcats who were among the top seven finishers in a field of more than 350 runners and Villanova had all five of its scorers place in the top 30 overall.

Phillips ran the 8K race on the Goodman Campus Course at Lehigh in 23:31.3 to record the second-fastest time of his career at that distance. The mark also ranks 10th on the all-time performance list on the Goodman course which has hosted the Paul Short Run for several decades as one of the more well-known traditional meets on the cross country schedule.

The impressive individual finish was nothing new for Phillips, who is a three-time All-BIG EAST performer in cross country and tallied a seventh place finish at the conference championships this past spring.

Villanova will face its next test of the season on October 15 when it competes in the XC23 Invitational in Earlysville, Va.

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