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Samantha Bragen
Samantha  Bragen

Toms River, N.J.

High School:
Toms River East

Jumps/Multi Events



On Bragen: Versatile athlete who came to Villanova with a great deal of experience in the jumps and multi events at the scholastic level ... Will work to earn a spot competing during meets over the course of the season.

2018 Outdoor: Competed twice in the triple jump ... The better of her two marks was a measurement of 10.43 meters which came in a sixth place finish at the Temple Owls Invite ... Also placed seventh with a mark of 10.22 meters at the Lions Invitational.

2017-18 Indoor: Competed three times in the triple jump during the season ... Made her collegiate debut at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational, where she tallied a fifth place finish with a season-best mark of 10.47 meters ... Finished in 10th place at both the Villanova Invitational (10.14m) and the Penn 8-Team Select meet (10.13m).

Toms River East High School: Earned a total of 10 varsity letters, including four each in indoor and outdoor track & field and two in cross country ... Also played junior varsity soccer as a freshman and a sophomore ... Named the track & field team's MVP both indoors and outdoors as a junior, and indoors for a second time as a senior ... Previously was chosen as the outdoor track Rookie of the Year as a freshman, and was a "Key Newcomer" on the cross country team as a junior ... Winner of the Three-Season Varsity Athlete Award as a senior ... School record holder in the pole vault (3.05m), and also jumped as high as 3.35 meters in an unofficial dual meet ... Also holds the two- and three-person pole vault relay school records ... As a senior came in sixth in the pole vault at the State Groups Championship indoors ... Was also second in the pole vault at the State Sectionals meet both indoors and outdoors, as well as second at the Ocean County Championships in both seasons ... Named an All-Shore third team pick both indoors and outdoors ... Shore-Area triple jump champion and also finished second in the long jump as a sophomore ... Runner-up in the Shore-Area triple jump as a freshman ... Achieved High Honor Roll status academically all four years ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Graduated in the top 10 percent of her class.

Personal: Born 5/11/99 in Toms River, N.J. ... Oldest of three daughters of Bernard and Joni Bragen ... Has two younger sisters, Danielle (16) and Lindsey (14) ... Father played college lacrosse at Kean ... Hobbies include wake skimming, surfing, snowboarding, cliff diving and creating things ... Has an interest in medicine and disease research, as well as space exploration ... Chose to attend Villanova for the combination of its beautiful campus and the quality of the academic and athletics programs ... Also noted the warm community as a deciding factor ... Biology major on a Pre-Med track.


55 Meter Hurdles         9.67                        High School
100 Meters Hurdles       17.71                       High School
400 Meter Hurdles        1:12.98                     High School
800 Meters               2:48                        High School
5000 Meters              22:14                       High School
High Jump                1.27 Meters                 High School
Pole Vault               3.35 Meters                 High School
Long Jump                4.72 Meters                 High School
Triple Jump              10.47 Meters                2017 Jack Pyrah Invitational
Shot Put                 6.59 Meters                 High School
Javelin                  16.92 Meters                High School