VILLANOVA: A talented young high jumper who should contend for top conference honors in 2007 ... poised to be one of the top high jumpers in the east and may threaten the school record in the high jump.
PERSONAL: Undeclared major ... daughter of Emmanuel and Julia Akpan ... born 2/24/87.
AKPAN'S PERSONAL BESTS:
High jump - 5' 7"
Stephanie Schappert Advances to Final of 1500 Meters at NCAA Championships
In the national semifinal heats of the 1500 meters, a steady race from start to finish was a successful formula for senior Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and she was an automatic qualifier for the final at the NCAA Championships thanks to a third place finish in her heat. Schappert and junior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) competed in the second of two semifinal heats at Hayward Field on Thursday afternoon, where they recorded times of 4:17.31 and 4:19.13, respectively. Piccirillo finished sixth in the heat.
Stephanie Schappert and Angel Piccirillo Set For NCAA Championships This Week
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Senior Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and junior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) will compete at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. this week. Both middle distance runners are qualifiers in the 1500 meters and they will race on Thursday and Saturday evenings in the national meet. The men's portion of the meet takes place on Wednesday and Friday.
Stephanie Schappert and Gina Procaccio Named Region's Top Athlete, Coach
Senior middle distance runner Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and Villanova head coach Gina Procaccio were each among the regional award winners announced by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Monday afternoon. Schappert was chosen as the Mid-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year and Procaccio was selected as the region's Head Coach of the Year.
Stephanie Schappert and Angel Piccirillo Advance to NCAA Championships
On the final evening of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary, senior Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and junior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) each advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 1500 meters. Both runners competed in the first quarterfinal heat and were among the 12 competitors who advanced through to the national meet in Oregon next month. Senior Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) also competed in the high jump at Hodges Stadium on Saturday night and wound up finishing 30th overall.
Cleirigh Buttner Posts Season Best Time in 800 Meters at NCAA East Preliminary
Freshman Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dublin, Ireland) ran a collegiate best time in the 800 meters on the second night of competition at the NCAA East Preliminary, where Villanova had three athletes in competition on Friday evening. Also competing at Hodges Stadium for the Wildcats were senior Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) in the 200 meters and junior Shanice Grant (Kingston, Jamaica) in the 100 meter hurdles.
Three Qualifiers for Quarterfinals Highlight First Day at NCAA East Preliminary
Senior Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and junior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) comfortably advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1500 meters during competition at the NCAA East Preliminary on Thursday evening. Competition is in full swing at Hodges Stadium, where Villanova still has the first round of the 800 meters coming up later tonight. Seniors Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) and Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) were also in action today in the pole vault.
Women's Track & Field Begins Competition Today at NCAA East Preliminary
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Competition gets underway at the NCAA East Preliminary on Thursday evening. Villanova has eight women's athletes competing at the meet, which is being held at Hodges Stadium on the University of North Florida campus.
Schappert and Wasik Earn Academic All-District Accolades
Senior women's track & field athletes Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) have each been named to the Capital One Academic All-District team in District 2, as announced late last week. Both student-athletes will now move on to the national ballot and be considered for Academic All-America status. They are each set to begin competition at the NCAA East Preliminary later this week.