Villanova’s Sterling Pierce, a Rancocas Valley graduate, ran his fastest 200 in two years and won his section of a two-race final before settling for second place in the Big East indoor championships at the Ocean Breeze facility in Staten Island.
Pierce won his section of the two-race final in 21.53, only to watch Nate Alleyne of Georgetown run 21.51 in the second section and take the title.
Egg Harbor Township’s Amir Brock, a Villanova freshman, was fourth in 21.80.
Pierce’s 21.53 is his fastest 200 since he ran 21.48 at a meet at the University of Miami in April of 2016. It’s his fastest indoor time since he ran 21.45 to place second in the 2016 indoor meet on the same track.
Pierce also placed third in the 60-meter dash in 6.89, which is just 1-100th of a second off his PR of 6.88 set at the Armory last month.
That’s 14 points in two events for Pierce. After 12 events, the Villanova men trailed Marquette by just seven points, 121-114.