Villanova swept the distance events at Penn Relays for the first time since 1997
Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; Emily Lipari repeats as Most Outstanding Track Performer
All three runners were automatic qualifiers for the next round in their respective events
Regional meet takes place at North Carolina A&T from Thursday through Saturday
Official declarations for regional meet were announced on Thursday afternoon
Villanova won its second straight BIG EAST team title on March 1 at the New York Armory.
Villanova won the Metro Team Challenge in New York on January 23, 2015.
Emily Lipari and Angel Piccirillo competed in the national semifinals of the 1500 meters on June 12, 2014.
Villanova won the 4x1500 meter title at the Penn Relays on April 25, 2014.
The women's track & field team set a new collegiate and Penn Relays record in the 4x800 meter relay on April 27, 2013.
On Piccirillo: An elite talent in the Wildcats middle distance unit who also will be one of the key contributors during cross country season ... Powerful runner and a fierce competitor with a winning attitude ... Has demonstrated tremendous progress over the course of two years in the Villanova program ... Three-time All-American, four-time BIG EAST champion and four-time Penn Relays champion during her career ... Poised for a big year.
2014-15 Indoor: First team All-American in the Mile and an honorable mention All-American in the distance medley relay ... BIG EAST individual champion in the 800 meters and also anchored the Wildcats conference champion 4x800 meter relay Ran the ninth-fastest Mile in school history during the season ... Finished seventh in the national championship race of the Mile at the NCAA Championships with a time of 4:37.96 and earned first team All-America honors for a top-eight finish ... During the preliminary heats at the national meet, came in third in her heat with a time of 4:34.67 ... That was just off her personal best time in the Mile, which is 4:34.28 and was set at the Iowa State Classic in February ... The time of 4:34.28 is the ninth-fastest in school history and puts Piccirillo fourth individually on the Wildcats all-time performance list in the event ... Won the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a personal best time of 2:04.91 in the final ... Came into the final ranked second overall in the preliminaries ... Won her preliminary heat in 2:09.83 ... Was the individual conference champion in the Mile one year earlier and becomes the first Villanova athlete to win career indoor titles in both the 800 meters and the Mile ... Anchored the Wildcats to a meet record performance in the 4x800 meter relay ... Produced a split of 2:04.60 on the anchor leg of the relay and Villanova broke a 23-year old meet record with a winning time of 8:33.94 ... Ranked fifth on the national performance list in the Mile after her time of 4:34.28 at Iowa State ... Led off the distance medley relay at the Penn State National, where Villanova posted a time of 11:04.29 ... That time is the ninth-fastest indoor DMR mark in school history and it ranked seventh in the nation for the current season at the time of the race ... Opened the season by winning the 800 meters at the Gotham Cup with a time of 2:06.35 ... At the time of the race, her winning time was the fastest in the nation for the season ... Also finished first in the 1000 meters at the Metro Team Challenge with a time of 2:47.97 ... Came in sixth in the Mile at the Penn State meet (4:48.59) ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay squad to a fist place finish and a winning time of 8:51.16 at the Gotham Cup ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Metro Team Challenge to help the Wildcats finish fourth in the relay with a time of 3:51.19.
2014 Cross Country: Competed in five races during the season ... Closed the year by coming in second on the team and fourth overall at the ECAC Championship, where Villanova finished second in the team standings ... Recorded a season-best time of 20:55 over 6,000 meters at the prestigious Washington Invitational to place second on the team and 19th overall ... Came in third in the Wildcats lineup at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Placed 21st at the conference meet and was 29th at the regional meet ... Finished second on the team and seventh overall at the Princeton Invitational to help lead Villanova to the team title at the meet.
2014 Outdoor: Second team All-American in the 1500 meters and helped Villanova win Championship of America titles at the Penn Relays in both the 4x1500 meter relay and the 4x800 meter relay ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships individually for the first time outdoors ... Came in 12th in the final of the 1500 meters at the national meet with a time of 4:27.66 ... In the national semifinal heats recorded a time of 4:21.47 to place fifth in her heat and 13th overall ... Automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships based on her performances at the NCAA East Preliminary ... Recorded a personal best time of 4:15.16 in the national quarterfinals and finished fourth in her heat and seventh overall out of 24 runners ... Also came in fourth in her heat (14th overall out of 48) in the national first round (4:18.72) ... Ran the second leg of the 4x1500 and 4x800 relays at the Penn Relays ... Villanova won the 4x1500 title for the first time in 14 years with a winning time of 17:16.52 and defended its title in the 4x800 relay with a time of 8:21.49 ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 1500 meters and led the Wildcats to their third straight conference crown in the 4x800 relay at the BIG EAST Championships ... Finished second in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:17.63, while the Wildcats winning time in the 4x800 relay was 8:33.36 ... Competed in the 800 meters at the ECAC Championship and came in 12th overall in the preliminary heats with a time of 2:08.64 ... Runner-up in the 1500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational (4:20.39) in her first race of the outdoor season ... Came in third in the 800 meters (2:07.45) at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Hurricane Alumni meet and helped the second Villanova entry in the relay place fifth overall with a time of 3:46.68.
2013-14 Indoor: Second team All-American in the distance medley relay ... BIG EAST champion in the Mile and the 4x800 meter relay, as well as an All-BIG EAST performer in the distance medley relay, to help Villanova win its conference record 12th team title at the BIG EAST meet ... Led off the distance medley relay with the 1200 meters leg at the NCAA Championships, where the Wildcats came in ninth with a time of 11:20.40 ... Individual BIG EAST champion in the Mile with a winning time of 5:01.87 ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships, helping Villanova finish in first place and win its fifth straight title in the relay ... Also ran the 800 meters leg of the DMR at the conference meet, where the Wildcats runner-up time of 10:59.74 earned the team its berth in the national championships ... Came in seventh in the Mile with a time of 4:40.53 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet ... Opened the indoor season by winning the 1000 meters in 2:48.26 at the Great Dane Classic ... Also ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Great Dane meet, with Villanova placing sixth in the relay with a time of 3:51.21 ... Led off the distance medley relay at the Penn State National and the Wildcats came in third in the Invitational section of the DMR with a time of 11:04.54 ... Ran individually in the 800 meters at Penn State and placed fifth in the Invitational section with a time of 2:07.87 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay at the Penn State meet and the Wildcats entry came in eighth in the Unseeded section of the relay (3:51.95).
2013 Cross Country: Came up big at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and placed fourth overall to help Villanova capture the team title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ...Posted a season-best time of 20:10 at the regional meet and was the Wildcats third finisher ... Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors ... Recorded a time of 22:14.9 at the NCAA Championships ... Placed third on the team at the Paul Short Run and was 20th overall out of 430 runners with a time of 20:58 ... Was the fourth Villanova runner at the Pre-NCAA Meet and finished with a time of 21:57.1 ... Opened the season at the three-mile Main Line Invitational and came in fourth out of 86 runners with a time of 16:49.22.
2013 Outdoor: Competed on all three of the Villanova relays at the Penn Relays ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 meter relay squad which won a Championship of America title and set an all-time collegiate record with a winning time of 8:17.45 ... Her relay split of 2:04.12 in the 4x800 relay is a personal best ... Led off the Championship of America winning distance medley relay, which had a winning time of 10:58.84 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x1500 meter relay which finished third with a time of 17:17.57 ... Individually, earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 1500 meters and advanced to the national quarterfinals in the 800 meters ... Competed in the 800 meters at the NCAA East Regional and posted times of 2:06.82 in the national first round and 2:12.62 in the quarterfinals ... At the BIG EAST Championships came in third in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:25.56 in the finals ... Moved up five spots and improved her time by more than two full seconds from the preliminary heats (4:27.86) ... Won the 800 meters in a personal best time of 2:05.31 at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, where she paced a field of 26 runners ... Set a personal best in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:21.79 at the Raleigh Relays, where she came in sixth ... Also ran the 800 meters in 2:06.62 at the Raleigh meet and was the runner-up out of 26 entries ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay in a ninth place finish at the BIG EAST Championships (3:45.22) ... Took the third leg of the 4x400 relay at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational as Villanova came in second (3:43.62).
2012-13 Indoor: First team All-American as part of the Wildcats distance medley relay squad ... Ran the leadoff leg of the DMR at the NCAA Championships, where Villanova was the runner-up with a time of 10:57.96 ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships to help the Wildcats win a conference title (8:40.50) ... Also was All-BIG EAST in both the 1000 meters and the DMR ... Runner-up in the 1000 meters with a career best time of 2:46.33 in the finals of the conference meet ... Came in second in her preliminary heat a day earlier with a time of 2:50.89 ... Ran the third leg of the distance medley relay and Villanova finished in second place (11:07.04) ... Led off the DMR at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, where the Wildcats winning time of 10:56.74 secured their spot at the national championships meet ... Opened the indoor season by winning the 1000 meters (2:51.21) at the Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Came in second in the 800 meters (2:09.44) at the New York City Gotham Cup and also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at that meet ... Villanova won the 4x400 relay in 3:46.46 ... Came in fifth in the invitational section of the Mile at the Penn STate National with a time of 4:40.08 ... Placed fourth in the Mile with a personal best time of 4:39.03 at the Columbia Last Chance Meet.
2012 Cross Country: Did not compete at any meets.
Homer-Center High School: Won the Championship of America title in the Mile at the Penn Relays as both a sophomore and a junior ... All-American in cross country and in the indoor Mile ... Chosen as the Gatorade Pennsylvania Cross Country Runner of the Year as both a junior and a senior, and won the same award for track & field her senior year ... Selected as the PTFCA Indoor Athlete of the Year and Cross Country Athlete of the Year ... As a sophomore was the 2010 Foot Locker Northeast Regional Sophomore Champion ... Millrose Mile finalist (2010) ... Foot Locker Finalist (2010, 2011) ... Indiana County Hall of Fame Outstanding High School Athlete (2010, 2011, 2012) ... Academically, achieved Summa Scholar status (GPA of at least 98) each year from sophomore through senior years ... Four-year member of the National Honor Society and was Vice President as a senior ... Four=year class vice president ... As a sophomore attended the FBLA regional leadership conference and also took part in the Rotary Club leadership seminar ... Presented with the Total Trib Media Outstanding Student award ... Recipient of the Kiwanis Club Senior of the Month Award and the Biology achievement award.
Personal: Born 1/8/94 ... Youngest of four children of Bob and Jane Piccirillo ... Siblings are Rebecca, Aaron and Matt ... Majoring in Biology.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
400 Meters 58.23 High School 800 Meters (Relay) 2:04.12 2013 Penn Relays 800 Meters (Open) 2:04.91 2015 BIG EAST Championships 1000 Meters 2:46.33 2013 BIG EAST Championships 1500 Meters 4:15.16 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Mile 4:34.28 2015 Iowa State Classic 3000 Meters 9:53.79 High School
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters 20:10 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2013
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (First Team) 2015 (Mile)
All-American (First Team) 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-American (Second Team) 2014 (Distance Medley Relay)
All-American (Honorable Mention) 2015 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2015 (800 Meters)
BIG EAST Champion 2014 (Mile) BIG EAST Champion 2013, 2014, 2015 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2015 (800 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2013 (1000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2014 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014, 2015 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Female Track Athlete of the Week 2015 (January 12-18)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-American (Second Team) 2014 (1500 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014 (1500 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) Penn Relays Champion 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) Penn Relays Champion 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) Penn Relays Champion 2014 (4x1500 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2012-13, 2013-14
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
800 Meters 1st 2015 Indoor
Mile 1st 2014 Indoor 4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2013 Indoor, 2014 Indoor, 2015 Indoor 4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2014 Outdoor 1000 Meters 2nd 2013 Indoor 1500 Meters 2nd 2014 Outdoor Distance Medley Relay 2nd 2013 Indoor, 2014 Indoor 1500 Meters 3rd 2013 Outdoor