Villanova Track Archives
Sophomore middle distance runners Kaley Ciluffo (LeClaire, Iowa) and Ann Campbell (Mission Hills, Kan.) each competed for Villanova at the Jim Kehoe Invitational on Friday night. They ran in the 800 meters and the 1500 meters, respectively, at Maryland’s Kehoe Track & Field Complex.
Junior middle distance runner Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dublin, Ireland) and senior thrower Caroline Hamilton (Nottingham, Pa.) were named the women’s track & field athletes of the week by the BIG EAST in an announcement on Wednesday afternoon. Both athletes were part of Villanova’s outstanding and record-setting weekend at the Penn Relays last week.
To truly understand the magnitude of what the Villanova women accomplished when they pulled off the "distance triple" at the Penn Relays last weekend, experience the team's historic run from the perspective of the athletes themselves.
There had been some uncertainty as to whether or not the Villanova women would run the 4x800 meter relay on Saturday afternoon. When you leave that decision in the hands of world-class athletes who have already won two races in as many days, is there really any doubt about what is going to happen? For the sixth time ever and the second time in the last four years, the Wildcats completed a distance triple at the Penn Relays by winning the Championship of America title in the 4x800 meter relay at Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon. The third championship of the weekend followed victories in the distance medley relay on Thursday evening and the 4x1500 meter relay on Friday afternoon.
As three days of non-stop action at the Penn Relays began to wind down, there was one more race for Villanova to run. In the ECAC section of the 4x400 meter relay, a quartet of freshman Danielle Burns (Phoenix, Ariz.), junior Sidney Hayes (Spring Grove, Pa.), senior Veronica Scott (Plymouth, N.H.) and freshman Amari Onque-Shabazz (Plainfield, N.J.) recorded a time of 3:43.28 to finish in second place out of seven teams.
As the wins keep piling up, the records are bound to start falling. Villanova won the Championship of America title in the women's 4x1500 meter relay at the Penn Relays on Friday afternoon, racking up their 11th championship in the past six years at the world's most historic track meet. This is the 39th title all-time for the Wildcats in a women's Championship of America race, and the victory also set a new individual record as senior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) became the first collegiate women's runner to win eight career Penn Relays watches.
Senior thrower Caroline Hamilton (Nottingham, Pa.) established a new personal best in the javelin in one of the standout performances for Villanova at the Penn Relays on Friday afternoon. Hamilton and freshman Katie Ciccarone (Freehold, N.J.) each competed in the field events at Franklin Field, while the 4x1500 meter relay squad made history as the Wildcats won another Championship of America title.
If there is no meet that measures the legendary success of the Villanova track & field program better than the Penn Relays, then there is no race that encapsulates the Wildcats history at the world's most historic track meet better than the distance medley relay. Those qualifiers held true on Thursday evening as the latest generation of Villanova runners won the Championship of America title in the distance medley relay with a decisive and at times dominant performance.