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Jessona McDonald

Player Profile
Hometown:
Holbrook, N.Y.

High School:
Forest Hills

Position:
Sprints

Birthdate:
04/13/1989

On McDonald: Steady performer for the Wildcats in the 4x400 meter relay ... Was a key component of the team's group of sprinters during her career ... Top individual event was the 400 meters.

2011 Outdoor: Raced four times in the 400 meters, qualifying for the BIG EAST Championships and placing 13th at the conference meet with a time of 55.99 ... Earned her conference tournament berth with a time of 55.95 (season best) at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, where she came in 11th overall ... Placed second in the 400 meters at the Big Five Invite and fourth in her section at the 46th Colonial Relays ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the ECAC Championship, where Villanova finished in first place in the preliminary heats with a season-best time of 3:37.30 ... Anchored the Wildcats 4x400 quartet at the NCAA East Regional ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay at both the Penn Relays and the BIG EAST Championships ... Villanova came in ninth at the conference meet and 28th overall in the preliminaries at the Penn Relays.

2011 Indoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 400 meters and came in ninth at the conference meet in both the preliminary heats and the finals ... Her time of 56.02 in the preliminaries was a season best ... Finished fourth in the 400 meters at the NYRR I meet, came in third at the NYRR II meet and placed 22nd in the College section at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships, where the Wildcats placed fourth in a time of 3:44.07 ... Also took the second leg of the relay at the NYRR II meet and helped Villanova come in first with a time of 3:47.33 ... Anchored the 4x400 quartet to a fifth place finish at the NYRR I meet.

2010 Outdoor: Ran three races in the 400 meters, placing fourth at both the Villanova Duals and the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, as well as seventh in her heat at the Colonial Relays.

2010 Indoor: Ran the 400 meter leg of the distance medley relay to help Villanova capture a title at the BIG EAST Championships ... Finished in fifth place in the 300 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational.

2009 Outdoor: Registered a victory in the 200 meters at the Danny Curran Invitational and placed second in the event at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet ... Placed seventh in her heat of the 400 meters at the Pepsi Florida Relays and was sixth at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet.

2009 Indoor: Finished in eighth place in the 400 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Won her heat in the event at the Penn State National ... Third in her heat at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational ... Competed twice in the 200 meters, finishing third in her heat at both the Penn State National and the New Balance Collegiate Invitational ... Took second place at the Jack Pyrah Invitational in the 300 meters and also placed fifth at the Penn State Relays.

2008 Outdoor: Established personal bests in both the 200 meters and the 400 meters ... Posted times of 24.44 in the 200 meters at the ECAC Championship and 55.30 in the 400 meters at the Florida Relays.

2008 Indoor: Placed fifth in the 400 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 56.11 in the finals ... Lowered her time from 56.30 in the preliminaries at the conference meet and moved up four spots to her fifth place finish ... Came in 31st in the preliminaries of the 400 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (56.45) ... Tied for 15th place in the 200 meters in a time of 25.09 at the Penn State National ... Came in second in the 300 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational in her collegiate debut, crossing the finish line in 40.20 ... Lowered her time 40.04 at the Penn State Relays and finished in fourth place out of 20 runners.

Personal: Born 4/13/89 ... One of three children of Dencle and Cheryl McDonald ... Siblings are Ivory and Jenna ... Sociology major.

PERSONAL BESTS

200 Meters                     24.44            2008 ECAC Championship
400 Meters                     55.30            2008 Florida Relays

CAREER AWARDS

BIG EAST Champion (Indoor Track)                4x400 Meter Relay (2010)
BIG EAST Academic All-Star                      2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11

BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES

4x400 Meter Relay              1st              2010 Indoor
4x400 Meter Relay              4th              2011 Indoor
400 Meters                     5th              2008 Indoor
400 Meters                     8th              2009 Indoor
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