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Amanda McNelis
Amanda  McNelis

Commack, N.Y.

High School:

Pole Vault



On McNelis: Newcomer to the Villanova pole vault group who had a highly successful scholastic career as a track & field athlete and a gymnast ... Possesses a wealth of potential in the pole vault and has the ability to make an immediate impact for the Wildcats this season ... Should continue to grow with collegiate experience.

Commack High School: Earned eight varsity letters in track & field and four in gymnastics ... Also participated in six years of competitive gymnastics prior to high school ... Was the track & field team's Rookie of the Year as a freshman, then was named team MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior ... As a senior was named the Long Island USATF Female Athlete of the Year ... Also was chosen as the Suffolk County Coaches Association Outstanding Athlete for the outdoor season her senior year, and was her school's Female Athlete of the Year ... Four-time winner of the Board of Ed Athletic Achievement Award and the Scholar-Athlete Award ... Three-time all-state and all-federation performer ... Was an All-Long Island selection as a junior, and was also a four-time all-league, all-division and all-county honoree ... As a senior was the state runner-up in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors ... Competed at the Millrose Games her junior and senior years ... Four-time all-league, all-division, all-county, all-state and all-federation performer in gymnastics ... Inducted into the National Honor Society ... Also was a member of the honor societies for Math, Science, English, History and Spanish ... As a senior was the News 12 Long Island Scholar-Athlete Award winner ... Chosen as her school's Honored Academic Leader as a senior ... Winner of the Spanish Department Achievement Award and the Chemistry Department Achievement Award ... Member of the Girls Scholar Athlete Leadership Club and the Peer Leadership Advisory Network.

Personal: Born 9/8/99 in Commack, N.Y. ... Older of two children of Patrick and Christine McNelis ... Has a younger brother, Patrick (15) ... Father was a track & field athlete at Georgetown and competed in the middle distance events ... Also has two uncles who were collegiate track & field athletes, one at Georgetown and one at Notre Dame ... Hobbies include water skiing, snow skiing and hiking ... Volunteers for Rolling Thunder, a program that helps train kids with disabilities in track & field ... Chose to attend Villanova for the reputation of the Villanova School of Business, and especially the alumni connections that the school offered ... Also noted the school's overall academic standing, the success of the athletics program and the warm campus community with a focus on community service ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business.


55 Meter Hurdles           8.46                     High School
100 Meter Hurdles          15.09                    High School
Pole Vault                 3.81 Meters              High School
Long Jump                  5.21 Meters              High School