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Siofra Cleirigh Buttner Advances to Quarterfinals in 800 Meters
Sophomore middle distance runner Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dublin, Ireland) won her national first round heat of the 800 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary and automatically qualified for the quarterfinals during competition at Hodges Stadium on Thursday night. Villanova had two runners in competition on the first night of the regional meet, with freshman Sammy Bockoven (Hudson, Ohio) also in action in the first round of the 1500 meters.
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner to Compete at NCAA Championships This Week
Sophomore middle distance runner Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dublin, Ireland) will represent Villanova at this week’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships as a qualifier in the 800 meters. This is the first time that Cleirigh Buttner will compete at the national meet outdoors. The championships are being held from Wednesday through Saturday and the meet returns to Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. for the fourth straight year.
Women's Track & Field Qualifies Four for NCAA East Preliminary
The accepted entries for the NCAA East Preliminary were revealed on Thursday afternoon and Villanova has four women’s track & field athletes headed to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete in the early rounds of the national championships next week. This is the third straight year that the East Preliminary meet will head to Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus. The meet takes place next Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28.
Women’s Track & Field Finishes Second at BIG EAST Championships
Four different athletes won individual events and Villanova had an impressive second place finish in the team standings as the BIG EAST Championships wrapped up at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday afternoon. In a close team race for the top three spots, the Wildcats had 179 points and beat out St. John’s by three points to hang on to second place. There were only 20 points separating Marquette, Villanova and the Red Storm in the team race.
Wildcats Sweep Top Three in Javelin, Lead BIG EAST Team Race After Day One
Junior thrower Caroline Hamilton (Nottingham, Pa.) led a 1-2-3 sweep in the javelin and Villanova came out of day one at the outdoor BIG EAST Track & Field Championships leading the team race with 62 points. The first six events out of 22 total were scored on Friday at the SPIRE Institute and the Wildcats had a total of five athletes make the awards podium by finishing in the top three of their respective events.
Women's Track & Field Headed to BIG EAST Championships at Spire Institute
This weekend's BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships are set to begin on Friday morning and Villanova will be looking to win its third straight team title at the conference meet, which is being held at the Spire Institute for the first time outdoors. The site, located in Geneva, Ohio, previously hosted the indoor BIG EAST meet in 2013.
Senior Class of 2016 Feted at Annual Reception on Eve of Graduation
Commencement exercises will take place at Villanova on Friday afternoon but first, on Thursday evening at the Connelly Center, the student-athletes in the Class of 2016 were honored for their contributions to the university in the classroom, in the community and in athletic competition over the past four years. A group of more than 150 senior student-athletes and their families celebrated a level of achievement that seems staggering when viewed as an aggregate for the class as a whole.
Youth Movement Thrives as Wildcats Win 4x1500 Meter Relay Title
A lot has been made this season of Villanova running with one of its youngest teams in recent memory. In the Championship of America race in the 4x1500 meter relay on Friday afternoon, a lineup of three true freshmen and one sophomore proved that their competitive grit trumped a lack of experience as the Wildcats won their 36th Penn Relays wheel all-time with a terrific team effort.