Villanova came in third at the BIG EAST Championships and Angel Piccirillo set a collegiate record in the 1000 meters.
Villanova women's track & field photos from Day 1 of the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
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.
2016 Outdoor: Won her second straight BIG EAST title in the 100 meter hurdles ... Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary and advanced to the national quarterfinal round in the hurdles ... Recorded consecutive personal best times in her two races at the East Preliminary meet ... Tallied a time of 13.43 and finished 17th overall in the national first round heats, then crossed the finish line with a time of 13.41 to come in 18th overall in the quarterfinal round ... Had a winning time of 13.83 in the final at the BIG EAST Championships and also notched the fastest time in the field during the preliminary heats when she finished in 13.50 ... In addition to the conference title in the hurdles, also earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 100 meters individually and as part of the 4x100 meter relay ... Had the third-fastest time in the 100 meters in both the preliminaries and the final ... Tallied a personal best time of 11.74 in the preliminary round and then came in third in the final in 11.92 ... Ran the second leg of the 4x100 meter relay and helped Villanova finish third in the relay with a time of 47.66 ... Led off the 4x400 meter relay which finished in fourth place in 3:51.15 ... Ran the 100 meter hurdles at the Penn Relays and finished sixth overall in the preliminary heats with a time of 13.77 ... Recorded times of 13.60 in the hurdles and 24.54 in the 200 meters at the Virginia Challenge ... Ran the 100 meters, the 100 meter hurdles and the 200 meters at the Princeton Outdoor Invite ... Came in first in the hurdles with a time of 13.92 in the final after ranking second in the preliminary heats in 14.20 ... Runner-up in the 200 meters with a time of 24.71 and finished third in the 100 meters in 12.19 ... Opened the outdoor season at the Colonial Relays ... Was the runner-up in the hurdles with a time of 14.20 in the final ... Ranked fourth following the preliminary heats, when she tallied a time of 14.25 ... Tied for 13th place in the 200 meters with a time of 24.83.
2016 Indoor: Repeated as the BIG EAST individual champion in the 60 meter hurdles ... Also came in fourth in the 60 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Competed at just two meets during the year due to an early-season injury ... Registered a personal best time of 7.61 in the 60 meters in the preliminary heats at the conference meet ... Placed fourth in the final in 7.77 ... Had a winning tiime of 8.69 in the 60 meter hurdles after being second overall in the preliminaries in 8.80 ... Opened her season at the FastTrack National Invite two weeks before the BIG EAST meet ... Came in third in the final of the 60 meter hurdles with a season best time of 8.60 at that meet ... Moved up one spot after finishing fourth in the preliminaries with a time of 8.67 ... Also came in 17th in the invitational section of the 200 meters with a time of 25.59 at the FastTrack meet.
2015 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary for the first time in her career after winning the BIG EAST and ECAC titles in the 100 meter hurdles ... Also earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 200 meters ... Established new personal best times in both the 100 meter hurdles and the 200 meters during the season, in addition to being part of a school record setting performance in the 4x100 meter relay ... Her personal best time of 13.53 in the 100 meter hurdles came in the semifinals at the ECAC Championship ... She was ranked second going into the final before winning the title with a time of 13.56 ... Was also in second after the preliminary heats, when she posted a time of 13.62 ... Competed in the national first round of the hurdles at the NCAA East Preliminary, where she came in 28th overall wiht a time of 13.57 ... Recorded the fastest times in the hurdles at the BIG EAST Championships during both the preliminary heats and the final ... Crossed the finish line in 13.85 in the preliminaries and won the title in 13.91 a day later ... Posted a personal best time of 24.16 in the final of the 200 meters and tallied a runner-up finish ... Was also second in the preliminary heats in 24.52 ... Led off the 4x100 meter relay at the conference meet and helped Villanova finish fourth in the relay with a time of 47.06 ... The same quartet - featuring Grant, Varonica Johnson, Emerald Walden and Melissa June - ran together in the same order several times during the season and set a school record with a time of 45.95 in a fifth place finish at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Other times recorded in the relay during the season were 46.34 in a first place finish at the Colonial Relays, 47.78 in the preliminary heats at the Penn Relays and 46.18 in a first place finish at the Princeton Open ... Won both the 100 meter hurdles and the 200 meters at the Colonial Relays ... Registered winning times of 13.68 and 24.21 in those events, respectively ... Also led the field in the preliminary heats of the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.67 ... Came in fourth in the hurdles (13.61) and seventh in the 200 meters (24.28) at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at that meet, with her relay group finishing fifth in 3:48.06 ... Came in eighth overall in the preliminary heats of the hurdles (13.78) at the Penn Relays and was 10th in the heats at the Princeton Open (15.27).
2014-15 Indoor: Had a tremendous indoor season in her first action for the Wildcats ... By the end of the season ranked fifth in school history in the 60 meter hurdles and eighth in the 200 meters, including being the fourth-fastest athlete on the all-time Villanova indoor list in the 200 meters ... Helped the Wildcats win their second straight team title at the BIG EAST Championships, where she was the individual conference champion in the 60 meter hurdles and also came in fifth in the 200 meters ... Won the 60 meter hurdles at the conference meet with a time 8.47 in the final ... Also had the fastest time in the preliminary heats, when she tallied a time of 8.53 ... Came in second in her heat and fourth overall in the preliminaries of the 200 meters with a time of 24.87 ... Finished fifth in the final with a time of 24.89 ... Made an impressive debut in a Villanova shirt by winning both the 60 meter hurdles (8.67) and the 300 meters (40.36) at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Tallied first place finishes in the hurdles in each of her first three meets of the year, which also included the Gotham Cup (8.44) and the Metro Team Challenge (8.55) ... Ran a personal best time of 8.37 at the Penn State National ... Posted a time of 8.62 and was in ninth place overall after the preliminaries at Penn State ... Lowered her time to 8.37 in a fourth place finish in the semifinal heats, then matched her lower time and finished third in the final ... Ran three races in the 200 meters prior to the conference meet ... Her top time of the season was 24.35 and came in a 15th place finish at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational ... Finished sixth at the Gotham Cup (24.79) and ninth at the Penn State National (24.75) ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Metro Team Challenge, where Villanova finished fifth in the relay with a time of 3:52.72.
2014 Outdoor: Competed individually in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 100 meter hurdles in addition to the 4x100 meter relay at the Northeast Conference Championships ... Anchored LIU-Brooklyn to a conference championship in the 4x100 relay with a winning time of 46.50 ... Runner-up in the 100 meter hurdles and finished third in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters ... Recorded a wind-aided time of 14.07 in the finals of the 100 meter hurdles after posting a time of 14.17 in the preliminary heats ... Won her preliminary heat and was second overall going into the final ... Also won her preliminary heats in both the 100 meters (11.85) and the 200 meters (25.12) ... In the finals of those events recorded times of 12.01 and 24.28, respectively ... Came in fourth in the 100 meters (11.99) and 18th in the 100 meter hurdles (14.94) at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Led off the 4x400 meter relay at the George Mason Spring Invite and the Blackbirds came in fifth in the relay with a time of 3:49.86 ... Opened the season by anchoring the second LIU-Brooklyn entry in the 4x400 relay to a sixth place finish (3:59.75) at the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
2013-14 Indoor: Anchored the 4x400 meter relay squad to a third place finish with a time of 3:54.73 at the Metropolitan Championships ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 relay at the Gotham Cup, where LIU-Brooklyn came in seventh with a time of 4:00.88 ... Also placed fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.65 meters and 17th in the long jump with a distance of 5.03 meters at the Gotham Cup ... Competed at the Bill Ward Invitational and the Knight Indoor Classic during the first weekend of the season ... Took first place in both the preliminaries and the final of the 60 meter hurdles with times of 8.97 and 8.67, respectively, at the Bill Ward Invitational, while also finishing sixth in the 400 meters with a time of 1:01.12 ... Came in second in the final of the 55 meters at the Knight Indoor Classic with a time of 7.24 ... Won her preliminary heat and was second overall in the preliminaries after recording a time of 7.28.
2013 Outdoor: Competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 100 meter hurdles and the high jump at the Northeast Conference Championships ... Placed fourth in the high jump by clearing the bar at a height of 1.65 meters ... Won her heat and was second overall in the preliminaries of the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.53 ... Went on to compete in the 100 meter hurdles at the ECAC Championship and came in 17th overall in the preliminaries with a time of 14.23 ... In the 100 meters came in fourth overall in the preliminaries with a time of 12.20 at the Northeast Conference meet and was sixth in the final in 12.59 ... Placed sixth overall in the preliminaries of the 200 meters in 25.34 and was seventh in the final with a time of 25.91 ... Led off the 4x200 meter relay at the Penn Relays, where LIU-Brooklyn posted a time of 1:40.22 to finish fifth in its preliminary heat ... Completed a heptathlon at the Morgan State Legacy Meet and was the runner-up with a score of 4,526 points ... Her marks included 14.15 in the 100 meter hurdles, 1.72 meters in the high jump, 8.69 meters in the shot put, 25.07 in the 200 meters, 23.37 meters in the javelin, 4.99 meters in the long jump and 2:50.62 in the 800 meters ... Won the 100 meter hurdles at the Metropolitan Championships ... Posted a winning time of 14.06 in the final after leading all competitors in the preliminary heats with a time of 14.26 ... Also finished seventh in the 200 meters at the Metropolitan meet (25.65) ... Part of the 4x200 meter relay squad which finished eighth at the Raleigh Relays with a time of 1:39.52 and also finished 23rd individually in the 100 meter hurdles (14.46) at that meet ... Opened the outdoor season by finishing second in the high jump (1.62m) and sixth as part of the 4x100 meter relay squad (46.89) at the Miami Hurricane Invitational.
2012-13 Indoor: Competed in the 60 meters, 60 meter hurdles, high jump and long jump at the Northeast Conference Championships ... Had the top overall time in the preliminary heats of the 60 meter hurdles with a mark of 8.71 ... Placed third in the final (8.80) ... Finished eighth in the preliminaries of the 60 meters with a time of 7.85 and was ninth in the final (7.78) ... Came in eighth in the high jump with a height of 1.62 meters and registered a jump of 4.99 meters to finish 15th in the long jump ... Completed a pentathlon at the Metropolitan Championships and was the runner-up with a score of 3,306 points ... Her marks in the pentathlon included 8.60 in the 60 meter hurdles, 5.28 meters in the long jump, 1.66 meters in the high jump, 8.77 meters in the shot put and 2:49.40 in the 800 meters ... Placed 21st in the preliminaries of the 60 meter hurdles (8.65) and 36th in the preliminaries of the 200 meters (25.53) at the Armory Collegiate Invitational ... Runner-up in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles at the Great Dane Classic (8.77) after standing in 10th place overall following the preliminary heats (8.92) ... Also finished 17th in the preliminaries of the 60 meters (7.82) at the Great Dane Classic and ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay in a 10th place finish (4:04.48) ... Came in fourth in the high jump (1.66m) and 11th in the preliminaries of the 60 meter hurdles (9.13) at the NYRR I meet ... Placed 11th individually in the 200 meters (27.09) and was part of the runner-up squad in the 4x400 relay (4:07.45) at the Bill Ward Invitational ... Made her collegiate debut at the Knight Indoor Classic and finished fifth in the 300 meters with a time of 43.30.
Wolmer's Girls School: Member of the track & field and netball teams ... Teammate of current Wildcats teammate Samantha Francis ... Recipient of the Athletic Excellence and Merit award each year from 2005-12 ... Was an Honors student academically.
Personal: Born 5/23/93 ... One of five children of Carlton Grant and Keisha Blackburn ... Siblings are Daniel, Kalisaa, Safiya, Selah and Jahari ... Transferred to Villanova after spending two years at LIU-Brooklyn ... Chose to come to Villanova because of the reputation of the Villanova School of Business and for the success of the track & field team ... Enjoys dancing and reading ... Finance major.
55 Meters 7.24 2013 Knight Indoor Classic 60 Meters 7.61 2016 BIG EAST Championships 60 Meter Hurdles 8.37 2015 Penn State National 100 Meters 11.74 2016 BIG EAST Championships 100 Meter Hurdles 13.41 2016 NCAA East Preliminary 200 Meters 24.16 2015 BIG EAST Championships 300 Meters 40.36 2014 Jack Pyrah Invitational 400 Meters 1:01.12 2013 Bill Ward Invitational 800 Meters 2:49.40 2013 Metropolitan Championships High Jump 1.72 Meters 2013 Morgan State Legacy Meet Long Jump 5.28 Meters 2013 Metropolitan Championships Shot Put 8.77 Meters 2013 Metropolitan Championships Javelin 23.37 Meters 2013 Morgan State Legacy Meet
Pentathlon 3306 Points 2013 Metropolitan Championships Heptathlon 4526 Points 2013 Morgan State Legacy Meet
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
BIG EAST Champion 2015, 2016 (60 Meter Hurdles)
All-BIG EAST 2015, 2016 (60 Meter Hurdles)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
ECAC Champion 2015 (100 Meter Hurdles)
BIG EAST Champion 2015, 2016 (100 Meter Hurdles)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (100 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2015, 2016 (100 Meter Hurdles)
All-BIG EAST 2015 (200 Meters)
All-BIG EAST 2016 (4x100 Meter Relay)
Villanova Record Holder 4x100 Meter Relay (1st Leg) - 45.95 (Apr. 11, 2015)
Northeast Conference Champion 2014 (4x100 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
Northeast Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll 2013-14 Northeast Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll 2013, 2014
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
60 Meter Hurdles 1st 2015 Indoor, 2016 Indoor
100 Meter Hurdles 1st 2015 Outdoor, 2016 Outdoor
200 Meters 2nd 2015 Outdoor
100 Meters 3rd 2016 Outdoor
4x100 Meter Relay 3rd 2016 Outdoor
60 Meters 4th 2016 Indoor
4x100 Meter Relay 4th 2015 Outdoor
4x400 Meter Relay 4th 2016 Outdoor
200 Meters 5th 2015 Indoor