Caroline Hamilton defended her BIG EAST title in the javelin to highlight the first day of BIG EAST competition.
Villanova competed on the first day of the BIG EAST Championships on February 24, 2017.
Villanova hosted its final home meet of the indoor season, the Villanova Invitational, on February 4, 2017.
2017 Outdoor: Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the pole vault ... Finished third at the BIG EAST Championships with a personal best height of 3.71 meters ... Competed a total of six times during the season ... Cleared the bar at 3.66 meters to tally a first place finish at the Haverford Invitational ... Opened the season by finishing second at the Penn Challenge with a height of 3.60 meters ... Had a successful attempt at 3.55 meters to finish fourth at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Cleared the bar at 3.50 meters in a third place finish at the Lions Invitational and in a tie for ninth place in the championship section at the Colonial Relays.
2016-17 Indoor: Had a breakthrough performance at the BIG EAST Championships, where she won the conference title in the pole vault ... Cleared the bar at a height of 3.60 meters on her first try to clinch her first career BIG EAST medal and tally her first career All-BIG EAST selection ... At the time of the meet, the height of 3.60 meters was her best at the collegiate level ... Competed at a total of seven meets during the season, and increased her height in each meet as the season progressed ... Tallied a first place finish with an attempt of 3.45 meters at the Gotham Cup ... Runner-up at both the Villanova Open (3.50m) and in the college section at the FastTrack National Invitational (3.55m) ... Opened the season with a sixth place finish at the Fast Times Before Finals Meet (3.35m) ... Placed ninth at the Nittany Lion Challenge (3.37m) and tied for 10th at the Villanova Invitational (3.50m).
2016 Outdoor: Scored a team point at the BIG EAST Championships with an eighth place finish in the pole vault ... Cleared the bar at a height of 3.26 meters at the conference meet ... Registered a mark of 3.35 meters in each of her first three meets of the season ... Finished in sixth place at both the Penn Challenge and the Princeton Outdoor Invite, and tied for eighth place at the Lions Invitational.
2015-16 Indoor: Competed in the pole vault six times during the season ... Top mark was a height of 3.40 meters at the Penn State National ... Cleared the bar at 3.30 meters three times, including at the Great Dane Classic, the Gotham Cup and in the college section at the FastTrack National Invite ... Tied for fifth place with a height of 3.20 meters at the Villanova Open ... Made her collegiate debut at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational and finished in sixth place with a mark of 3.05 meters.
Deep Run High School: Three-time 5A state champion in the pole vault and a three-time qualifier for the New Balance Nationals ... Indoor and outdoor state meet record holder in the pole vault, with a personal best mark of 3.69 meters ... Four-time conference and regional champion ... Named her team's Most Improved Athlete as a freshman, and was the team's MVP as a sophomore and a junior ... Earned a total of seven varsity letters, including four for the outdoor season and three indoors ... Also competed all four years for Xtreme Heights Vault Club ... Achieved Honor Roll status academically all four years of high school ... Presented with the West Point Leadership Award as a junior ... Member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.
Personal: Born 11/17/96 in Glen Allen, Va. ... Older of two children of Michael and Ellen Scelzi ... Has a younger brother, Jack (14) ... Hobbies include hiking, backpacking and rock climbing ... Chose to attend Villanova for the welcoming campus community and for the school's reputation of athletic and academic greatness ... Majoring in Biochemistry.
Pole Vault 3.71 Meters 2017 BIG EAST Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor)
BIG EAST Champion 2017 (Pole Vault)
All-BIG EAST 2017 (Pole Vault)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor)
All-BIG EAST 2017 (Pole Vault)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2015-16
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
Pole Vault 1st 2017 Indoor
Pole Vault 3rd 2017 Outdoor
Pole Vault 8th 2016 Outdoor