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Kaleigh Hughes
Kaleigh  Hughes

Needham, Mass.

High School:

Cross Country/Distance




Women's Track & Field--BIG EAST Championships Day 1

Villanova came in third at the BIG EAST Championships and Angel Piccirillo set a collegiate record in the 1000 meters.


Villanova Open

Villanova made its debut at the brand new Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex on January 8.

On Hughes: Great talent in the middle distance events who is capable of making contributions to the team in both cross country and on the track ... Had a strong start to her collegiate career in 2015-16 and has worked hard to position herself to continue making strides during the upcoming year.

2017 Outdoor: Did not compete at any meets.

2016-17 Indoor: Redshirted.

2016 Cross Country: Redshirted.

2016 Outdoor: Redshirted.

2015-16 Indoor: Earned All-BIG EAST honors as part of Villanova's lineup in the distance medley relay at the BIG EAST Championships ... Ran the leadoff leg of the relay and helped the Wildcats finish in second place with a time of 11:26.12 ... Also ran the Mile individually and came in ninth at the conference meet with a time of 5:00.39 ... Her season best time in the Mile was 4:55.11 and came in a 10th place finish at the Villanova Invitational ... Came in third in the Mile with a time of 4:57.57 at the Great Dane Classic and also posted a time of 5:07.54 in the invitational section at the Penn State National ... Ran two races in the 1000 meters during the season and was the runner-up in each race ... The first of those races came at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational where she tallied a time of 2:57.63 ... Also came in second with a time of 2:55.73 at the Villanova Open ... Ran in the invitational section of the 800 meters at the FastTrack National Invite, finishing with a time of 2:14.21 ... Led off the 4x400 meter relay at the Jack Pyrah Invitational and helped Villanova post a time of 4:17.01 to come in fourth in the relay ... Anchored the 4x400 relay at the Villanova Invitational and the Wildcats came in ninth with a time of 4:00.82.

2015 Cross Country:
Competed five times during the season ... Registered a 40th place finish at the BIG EAST Championships, where her time of 21:18.2 over 6,000 meters was a season best ... Ran at the Pre-NCAA Meet and posted a time of 21:52.8 to place 222nd overall ... Was the fifth scoring runner for Villanova and came in 42nd at the Princeton Interregional Meet with a time of 21:59.7 ... Made her collegiate debut by finishing 15th overall at the Big Five Invitational, where she covered the 4,000 meter course in 14:39.6 ... Recorded a time of 17:37 over three miles and finished 17th out of 75 runners at the Main Line Invitational.

Needham High School:
Earned a total of seven varsity letters in track & field and two in cross country ... Also played freshman basketball and field hockey, and was on the varsity field hockey squad as a sophomore ... Part of a New Balance national championship in the distance medley relay as a senior ... Holds school records indoors in the 1000 meters and the Mile, as well as outdoors in the 800 meters and the Mile ... As a senior was the state Mile champion indoors with a winning time of 4:56.35 ... Was named the Bay State Conference MVP and also her team's MVP both indoors and outdoors as a senior ... Was also her team's indoor season MVP as a junior and earned All-Bay State Conference honors both indoors and outdoors ... Was an all-conference performer in cross country as a junior and her team won state cross country titles in both her junior and senior seasons.

Personal: Born 8/15/97 in Needham, Mass. ... Oldest of three children of Mike and Meg Hughes ... Siblings are Abbey (17) and Sam (11) ... Mother is a 1989 graduate of Villanova ... She was a middle distance runner for the Wildcats and was a part of national championship 4x800 meter relay squads in 1988 and 1989 ... Criminology major.


800 Meters                2:13.56             High School
1000 Meters               2:55.37             High School
Mile                      4:54.27             High School
4000 Meters               14:39.6             2015 Big Five Invitational
3 Miles                   17:37               2015 Main Line Invitational
6000 Meters               21:18.2             2015 BIG EAST Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-BIG EAST                                  2016 (Distance Medley Relay)
BIG EAST TOP 8 Finishes
Distance Medley Relay     2nd                 2016 Indoor