Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; Emily Lipari repeats as Most Outstanding Track Performer
Wildcats competed in seven events on Friday in return to action
All three runners were automatic qualifiers for the next round in their respective events
Official declarations for regional meet were announced on Thursday afternoon
Wildcats tied for sixth place in team standings with 36 points
Villanova concluded competition at the BIG EAST Championships on February 22, 2014 at the New York Armory.
On Walden: A quickly emerging hurdler who is capable of being an impact performer at the BIG EAST level ... Has made great strides during her first two years on the team and is poised for a big year ... Will be a key contributor in the team's sprint group.
2014 Outdoor: Captured first place in the 100 meter hurdles at the season-opening Philadelphia College Classic with a time of 14.18 ... Also placed ninth in the 400 meter hurdles at that meet in 1:09.98 ... Came in 12th in the preliminary heats of the 100 meter hurdles at the Raleigh Relays (14.23) and led off the 4x100 meter relay which finished 28th with a time of 49.02.
2014 Indoor: BIG EAST champion in the 60 meter hurdles and also scored points for Villanova in the 4x400 meter relay to help the team win its conference record 12th team title at the BIG EAST Championships ... Crossed the finish line at the conference meet with a winning time and season-best mark of 8.58 in the 60 meter hurdles ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay which finished in fifth place with a time of 3:48.29 ... Also competed in the 200 meters at the BIG EAST meet and was ninth overall in both the preliminary heats and the final ... Registered a season-best time of 25.40 in the preliminaries and finished with a time of 25.74 in the final ... Won the 60 meter hurdles at both the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational as well as the Gotham Cup ... Posted a time of 8.73 at the Jack Pyrah meet ... Had the fastest time in both the preliminaries (8.80) and the final (8.78) at the Gotham Cup ... Finished third in the preliminaries (8.76) and the final (8.71) at the Great Dane Classic ... Came in 13th in the semifinal heats at the Penn State National with a time of 8.60 and finished 32nd in the preliminaries of the Championship section at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (8.73) ... Ran in the 300 meters at the Jack Pyrah Invitational and finished 12th with a time of 42.80 ... Anchored the 4x400 meter relay squad to an eighth place finish in the Unseeded section at the Penn State meet, where Villanova had a relay time of 3:51.95 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 relay at the Armory Collegiate Invitational and the Wildcats finished 16th in the College section (3:52.31).
2013 Outdoor: Earned All-BIG EAST honors for the first time in her career with a third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles at the conference championships ... Qualified for the NCAA East Regional and was the ECAC runner-up ... Ran a personal best time of 13.58 in the 100 meter hurdles in the preliminary heats at the BIG EAST meet ... Ranked third out of 19 competitors in the preliminaries and also came in third in the finals with a time of 13.66 ... Came in 38th in the national first round at the NCAA East Regional with a time of 13.75 ... At the ECAC Championship came in second in the finals (13.69) after ranking third out of 29 in the preliminary heats (13.81) and fourth out of 15 in the semifinals (13.90) ... At the Colonial Relays scored a first place finish in the finals of the 100 mH (13.91) after pacing a field of 41 athletes with a time of 13.77 in the preliminaries ... Also came in 23rd in the 200 meters (25.97) and ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Colonial Relays ... The 4x400 relay squad posted a time of 3:51.09 and came in sixth out of 25 relay teams ... Opened the season by coming in ninth out of 92 runners in the 100 mH at the Raleigh Relays (14.08) ... Established a personal best mark of 25.31 in the 200 meters at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, placing 31st in that event and third in the 100 mH (13.67) ... Came in 24th in the 100 mH at the Penn Relays (14.31).
2013 Indoor: Had a successful season competing in the 60 meter hurdles and was a scorer at the BIG EAST Championships ... Lowered her personal best time twice during the season ... Current top mark is 8.49, which she ran at the Columbia Last Chance Meet to end the year ... Runner-up out of six entries in that race ... At the BIG EAST meet came in fifth in the finals with a time of 8.70 ... Came in second in her preliminary heat in 8.53 ... Advanced to the finals at the Penn State National and came in seventh with a then-personal best time of 8.51 ... Previously posted times of 8.70 in the preliminary heats (12th out of 30) and 8.63 in the semifinals (eighth of 16) ... Opened the season with consecutive wins at the Jack Pyrah Invitational (8.70) and the New York City Gotham Cup, where she ran 8.61 in the preliminaries and 8.64 in the finals ... Recorded times of 8.75 (preliminary heats) and 8.80 (finals) to notch a third place finish at the Great Dane Classic ... Came in 26th in the preliminaries of the Championship section at the Armory Collegiate Invitational (8.69) ... Ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships ... Placed fourth in the 300 meters at the season-opening Jack Pyrah meet with a time of 42.22.
2012 Outdoor: Established a personal best time and also scored team points at the BIG EAST Championships with a seventh place finish in the finals of the 100 meter hurdles ... Posted her top time of 13.88 in the finals to move up one spot from her ranking after the preliminary heats, when her time was 13.97 ... Finished in sixth place at the ECAC Championship ... Moved up from 11th in the preliminary haets (14.40) to eighth in the semifinals (14.06) and finally to sixth in the finals (14.13) ... Opened the season by winning the 100 meter hurdles (14.39) and placing 12th in the 200 meters (26.23) at the Big Five Invite ... Ran the 100 mH at the Texas Relays and came in 42nd in the preliminaries (14.35) ... Established a personal best time of 25.74 in the 200 meters at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational and also finished sixth at that meet in the 100 meter hurdles (14.43) ... Came in third in the 100 mH and 20th in the 200 meters (26.04) at the Colonial Relays.
2012 Indoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 60 meter hurdles ... Placed fifth in the preliminary heats at the conference meet with a career-best time of 8.57 and went on to score team points with a seventh place finish (8.65) in the finals ... Made her collegiate debut by winning the 55 meter hurdles (8.19) and coming in 14th in the 300 meters (43.39) at the Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Came in fifth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.82) at the NYC Gotham Cup ... Placed seventh in the finals at the Great Dane Classic (8.78) ... Advanced to the semifinals at the Penn State National with a time of 8.73 in the preliminary heats, then lowered her time to 8.60 in the semifinal heats ... Came in 37th in the preliminaries at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (8.75).
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School: Named her team's Athlete of the Year ... Earned the Coach's Award as a sophomore.
Personal: Born 2/19/93 ... One of five children of John and Angela Walden ... Has an older brother, Jay, and three younger siblings, Justice, Essence and Regent ... Has yet to declare a major.
55 Meter Hurdles 8.19 2011 Jack Pyrah Invitational 60 Meter Hurdles 8.49 2013 Columbia Last Chance Meet 100 Meter Hurdles 13.58 2013 BIG EAST Championships 200 Meters 25.31 2013 Hurricane Alumni Invitational 400 Meters (Relay) 58.50 High School 400 Meter Hurdles 1:09.98 2014 Philadelphia College Classic
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
BIG EAST Champion 2014 (60 Meter Hurdles) All-BIG EAST 2014 (60 Meter Hurdles)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-BIG EAST 2013 Outdoor (100 Meter Hurdles)
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
60 Meter Hurdles 1st 2014 Indoor 100 Meter Hurdles 3rd 2013 Outdoor 60 Meter Hurdles 5th 2013 Indoor 4x400 Meter Relay 5th 2014 Indoor 60 Meter Hurdles 7th 2012 Indoor 100 Meter Hurdles 7th 2012 Outdoor