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Sammy Bockoven
Sammy  Bockoven

Hometown:
Hudson, Ohio

High School:
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy

Event:
Cross Country/Distance

Birthdate:
04/05/1997

Experience:
Jr./Jr.

02/27/2017

Women's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (2/25/17)

Villanova wrapped up the BIG EAST Championships with a second place finish on February 25, 2017.

02/24/2017

Women's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Championships (2/24/17)

Villanova competed on the first day of the BIG EAST Championships on February 24, 2017.

02/27/2016

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.

01/08/2016

Villanova Open

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

On Bockoven: One of the team's top returning middle distance runners ... Capable of performing at an elite level and has the talent to contribute on the national scene ... Seven-time All-BIG EAST honoree through her first two collegiate seasons and was part of an indoor conference title in the 4x800 meter relay ... Strong competitor who should continue to make progress in 2017-18 and will be counted on throughout the year.

2017 Cross Country: Did not compete at any meets. 

2017 Outdoor: Competed in just one race before missing the remainder of the outdoor season with an injury ... Recorded a time of 4:27.93 in the 1500 meters to finish in 15th place at the Florida Relays.

2017 Indoor:
Second team All-American as the anchor of the Wildcats distance medley relay at the NCAA Championships ... BIG EAST champion in the 4x800 meter relay and All-BIG EAST honoree in the Mile ... Registered a split of 4:41.02 on the 1600 meter leg of the DMR at the NCAA Championships, where Villanova finished in 12th place with a time of 11:13.59 ... The race marked her debut at the national meet ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 relay at the BIG EAST Championships, and helped the Wildcats win the relay with a time of 8:42.67 ... Runner-up in the Mile at the conference meet after crossing the finish line in 4:40.41 ... Ranked fourth overall in the preliminary heats of the Mile with a time of 5:02.05 ... Tallied a personal best time of 4:38.27 in the Mile at the FastTrack National Invitational ... Finished in third place in that race, and her time was ranked 16th nationally at the time of the race ... Ran the Mile at the Columbia East-West Challenge and recorded a time of 4:48.13 ... Also led off the DMR one day earlier at the same meet, with Villanova recording a time of 11:07.90 to finish second in the race ... Recorded a personal best time of 2:48.06 in the 1000 meters in her first race of the season at the Gotham Cup.

2016 Cross Country:
Earned second team All-BIG EAST honors ... Ran in six races during the season and was one of the five Villanova scoring runners in four of those outings ... Registered a personal best time of 21:18.1 for a 6000 meter course at the NCAA Championships ... Lowered her previous top mark at the distance by 23 seconds and was the Wildcats fourth finisher at the national meet ... Came in 19th and was the fifth scoring runner for Villanova at the BIG EAST Championships, where she posted a 6K time of 21:59.7 ... Came in 44th (21:49.5) at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and was 10th at the season-opening Main Line Invitational with a time of 17:30.6 over three miles ... Tallied a time of 21:51 on the 6000 meter course at the Paul Short Run and had a time of 21:46.3 to finish fifth in the team lineup at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

2016 Outdoor:
Helped Villanova win a Championship of America title in the 4x1500 meter relay at the Penn Relays ... Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary in the 1500 meters ... Established new personal best times in the 800 meters and the 1500 meters during the season ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors as part of the 4x800 meter relay ... Competed in the national first round heats of the 1500 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary and registered a time of 4:28.31 to finish 33rd overall ... Anchored the distance medley relay and ran the second leg of the 4x1500 meter relay at the Penn Relays ... Produced a split of 4:22.7 in the 4x1500 relay and the Wildcats went on to win the race in 17:44.29 ... Also split 4:44.97 over the final 1600 meters of the DMR, with Villanova coming in third in that race with a time of 11:21.77 ... Ran the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and advanced to the final ... Posted a time of 4:34.72 to stand in eighth place after the preliminary heats, and came in 12th in the final with a time of 4:45.30 ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 relay which finished in third place with a time of 8:56.05 ... Notched a personal best time of 4:23.05 in the 1500 meters and finished fourth in the elite section of the event at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Recorded times of 4:29.48 at the Colonial Relays and 4:29.73 at the season-opening Penn Challenge, where she finished in fifth place ... Set a personal best time of 2:09.93 in the 800 meters and finished third at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Won the 800 meters in 2:12.80 at the Penn Challenge and finished fifth in the championship section at the Colonial Relays with a time of 2:10.92. 

2015-16 Indoor:
Made a big impact at the BIG EAST Championships and earned All-BIG EAST honors in three different events, including two relays ... Anchored the distance medley relay to a runner-up finish at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 11:26.12 and also ran the second leg of the 4x800 meter relay which came in third with a time of 9:03.36 ... Came in third individually in the 1000 meters and tallied a personal best time of 2:50.55 ... In her race immediately preceding the conference meet, established a personal best time of 4:58.20 in the Mile while coming in 21st in the invitational section at the FastTrack National Invitational ... Placed third in the invitational section of the 1000 meters at the Penn State National with a time of 2:51.52 ... Won the 800 meters in 2:14.41 and ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay in a sixth place finish at the Villanova Open ... The relay squad for the Wildcats posted a time of 4:00.33 ... Led off the 4x400 relay at the Great Dane Classic and helped Villanova tally a time of 4:01.06 ... Began the season by competing unattached in the 1000 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational ... She won that race and produced a winning time of 2:55.88.

2015 Cross Country:
Competed at four meets during the season, including the BIG EAST Championships ... Recorded a season-best time of 21:41.1 over 6,000 meters at the conference meet and placed 46th overall ... Ran on the course at Princeton twice, including at the Princeton Interregional Meet and the Princeton Invitational ... Posted a time of 22:37.9 at the latter meet to finish 58th ... Placed 80th with a time of 22:49.2 at the Princeton Interregional Meet ... Made her collegiate debut at the Main Line Invitational and finished 27th overall with a three-mile time of 17:55.

USATF Junior Championships: Reached the final of the 1500 meters at the USATF Junior Championships in Clovis, Calif. in June 2016 ... Placed second in her preliminary heat with a time of 4:30.18 and automatically moved on to the final ... Finished foourth in the final with a time of 4:27.01.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy:
Earned four varsity letters in cross country and outdoor track & field ... Also competed for the indoor track & field team, which was a club sport at her school ... Set a state record with a time of 4:49 in the 1600 meters as a junior ... Named the Summit County Runner of the Year during her scholastic career ... Qualified for the state championships in both cross country and outdoor track & field all four years ... Was a 13-time qualifier overall for the state championships in track & field ... Earned All-Ohio honors nine times in track & field and twice in cross country ... Six-time conference MVP and was also her team's MVP all four years in both cross country and track & field ... Recipient of the Royal Servant Award as a senior and was an award winner for the Touchdown club ... Presented with her conference's Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior ... Named to the All-Ohio Academic teams in both cross country and track & field ... Earned her school's Royal Scholar Award for maintaining a grade-point average above a 4.0 all four years ... Member of the National Honor Society as a junior and a senior ... Member of SOMP (School of Medical Professions).

Personal: Born 4/5/97 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... One of three children of JR and Brenda Bockoven ... Has an older brother, Ben (21), and a younger sister, Annie (16) ... Brother is currently a senior on the track and cross country teams at BIG EAST member Xavier ... Hobbies include long boarding, photography, gardening and other outdoor activities ... Is also active in the community and has taken medical mission trips to Haiti, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Belize, Costa Rica and various locations throughout the United States ... Competitive Irish Dancer with Murphy Irish Arts, a team which placed sixth at the world championships in Belfast, Ireland in 2012 ... Chose to attend Villanova for the good fit of the track and academic programs ... Majoring in Biology with a minor in Global Health.

PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)

400 Meters                  58.0         High School
800 Meters 2:09.93 2016 Hurricane Alumni Invitational
1000 Meters 2:48.06 2017 Gotham Cup
1500 Meters 4:23.05 2016 Larry Ellis Invitational
Mile 4:38.27 2017 FastTrack National Invitational
5000 Meters 18:28 High School
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
3 Miles                     17:30.6      2016 Main Line Invitational
6000 Meters 21:18.1 2016 NCAA Championships
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-BIG EAST (Second Team)               2016
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (Second Team)               2017 (Distance Medley Relay)
BIG EAST Champion 2017 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (1000 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2017 (Mile)
All-BIG EAST 2016, 2017 (4x800 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (Distance Medley Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
Penn Relays Champion                     2016 (4x1500 Meter Relay)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team               2015-16, 2016-17 (Track)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2015-16, 2016-17
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
4x800 Meter Relay           1st          2017 Indoor
Mile 2nd 2017 Indoor
Distance Medley Relay       2nd          2016 Indoor
1000 Meters 3rd 2016 Indoor
4x800 Meter Relay 3rd 2016 Indoor, 2016 Outdoor

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