Villanova junior Sterling Pierce, a Rancocas Valley, won the Big East 100-meter dash title Saturday by 1-100th of a second over sophomore Adam Nelson of DePaul.
Pierce ran a personal-best 10.60 to Nelson’s 10.61 on the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Pierce came back to place second in the 200 with another PR of 21.18, just 7-100ths of a second behind freshman Nate Alleyne of Georgetown, who ran 21.11. Egg Harbor graduate Amir Brock, a Villanova freshman, was fifth in that race in 21.60.
Pierce’s 100 time is fastest in the Big East meet since 2013, when Derrick Hopkins of South Florida ran 10.38. His 200 time would have been fast enough to win the last four titles.
His previous 100 PR was a 10.64 when he won the Big East title as a freshman. His previous 200 PR was a 21.34 at the 2016 Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.
Pierce is now a three-time Big East champ. He won the 100 and 200 in 2016. Although his 100 titles weren’t consecutive, he’s only the seventh sprinter in the meet’s 39-year history to win the 100 twice. Among the double winners were Pitt’s Dietrich Jells in 1994 and 1995. Jells went on to play wide receiver for the Eagles.
Pierce was a two-time Meet of Champions winner in the 200 at Rancocas Valley. He had high school PRs of 10.72 and 21.66, both at the 2015 Group 4 sectionals at Egg Harbor.