Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Marcus O'Sullivan Penn Relays press conference takeaways


So you don't have to watch: 
  • Specifically mentioned Patrick Tiernan, Rob Denault, Dusty Solis, Sam McEntee, Jordy Williamsz, Sam Ellison, Josh Lampron.
  • The focus for now is on Friday, which is the day of the DMR. 
  • The team will run all three distance relays. This is only the second time they've done that.
  • Selections for relays are based on current form, and the ability to handle pressure.
  • The ability to handle pressure is a specific trait that he looks for in a Villanova runner. The Penn Relays is the most pressure that a Villanova athlete will feel.
  • Marcus says that the Penn Relays can put a Villanova runner under more pressure than the Olympics, because it's essentially a home meet for Villanova. 
  • He specifically singles out Williamsz, McEntee, Denault, and Solis as in form.
  • Says that the fields are particularly loaded. 
  • The Let's Go Nova chants at the Penn Relays are completely spontaneous, and the coaches have nothing to do with them. The people who have graduated have great passion for the school and the team.
  • When specifically asked about Dusty Solis' ability to handle pressure, Marcus says that he's not worried about him, and that his wife loves him. Solis doesn't overthink things, and Marcus singles him out for his toughness.
  • There will be a 4x4 in the IC4A section.
  • Says that he will really miss Sam Ellison, even though sprint coach Anthony Williams primarily coaches Ellison, because he doesn't run enough mileage to work with Marcus.
  • There will be a smattering of kids in individual events.
Pretty excited for the Penn Relays, you guys. 

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