Villanova Track Archives
In one of the best individual races of her career, junior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) shattered her previous personal best time in the Mile and recorded a new mark of 4:34.28 at the Iowa State Classic on Saturday afternoon. Piccirillo ran in the elite section of the event on the 300-meter track and came in second out of 11 runners in her race, which included top collegiate runners along with several professional athletes.
Seven different athletes set personal best times in their respective events at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at the Track & Tennis Center on Friday afternoon. The highlight of those results came from senior Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.), who set a school record in the 60 meters with a personal best time of 7.57. Villanova had a total of 28 athletes in competition in the meet.
Villanova posted a number of strong results during competition at the McElligott Invitational on Saturday afternoon, where the team had a dozen athletes competing in five different events at Alumni Gym on the Haverford campus. There were a pair of first-place finishes for the Wildcats, with senior Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) winning the pole vault and sophomore Ekiah Lewis (San Bernardino, Calif.) taking first in the long jump.
Senior middle distance runner Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) ran a personal best time in the Mile to highlight a number of strong performances by Villanova in the Penn State National on Saturday afternoon. The two-day meet at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track was a highly successful one of the Wildcats, who excelled across the board in the sprints, middle distance races and field events.
The first day of competition at the Penn State National produced a number of strong outcomes for Villanova, highlighted by a distance medley relay group which put up the nation's third-leading time at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on Friday night. Individually, the Wildcats also excelled in the pentathlon and the 60 meter hurdles.
Five athletes competed for Villanova at the Widener Field Meet this week, which was held on Thursday and Friday at Schwartz Athletic Center. Junior Alita Ostapkovich (Bensalem, Pa.) notched a first place finish in the weight throw, while freshman Katie HoSang (Bedford, N.H.) was first in the pentathlon.
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One of the big weekends of competition during the indoor track & field regular season is on tap for Villanova, which is heading to the Penn State National this Friday and Saturday. Some of the top teams from around the nation will be competing in the meet at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track. The meet begins on Friday afternoon and continues until Saturday evening.
Led by terrific performances in the middle distance races, Villanova won six events overall and won the team title at the Metro Team Challenge held at the New York Armory on Friday afternoon. A number of teams from the region took part in the meet, which was the second in as many weeks for the Wildcats at the famed New York City venue.