Wildcats Win Three Events, Add Postseason Qualifiers at NYC Gotham Cup
Jan. 16, 2012
NEW YORK--Villanova returned to action on Friday night at the New York Armory to compete in the NYC Gotham Cup, in which the Wildcats won three events and registered 10 new postseason qualifying marks. Villanova split up its three wins between one individual running event, one field event and one relay.
Senior Shericka Ward (Leesburg, Fla.) won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.43 and also ran in the preliminaries of the 60 meters. Her time of 7.70 in the 60 meters was fifth best out of 68 competitors in the preliminary heats.
Ward highlighted a number of strong sprint efforts for the Wildcats in Friday's meet, as freshman Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) finished fifth in the 60 meter hurdles (8.82) and classmate Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) came in fifth in the 60 meters (7.72). In addition, freshman Qualitra Brown (Suffolk, Va.) placed fifth with a time of 58.11 in the 400 meters.
In the distance events freshman Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) was the runner-up in the Mile with a time of 5:02.64 and junior Shannon Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) was fourth (5:10.12). Freshman Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.) placed third in the 3000 meters (10:17.79) and junior Meghan Smith (Newark, Del.) came in seventh (10:37.58).
Villanova registered three top-10 finishes apiece in the 800 meters and the 1000 meters. Freshman Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.) finished third in the 800 meters (2:15.04), classmate Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) was sixth (2:16.61) and sophomore Mary Bohi (Shamong, N.J.) finished seventh (2:17.35). In the 1000 meters the trio of junior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.), sophomore Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and freshman Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) occupied the fifth through seventh finishing spots. Neutts registered a time of 2:48.32, while Lipari and Schappert came in with times of 2:49.67 and 2:51.59, respectively.
In the 4x800 meter relay the Wildcats recorded a winning time of 8:57.52.
Freshman Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) led Villanova in the field events with a first place finish in the pole vault, where her personal best height of 3.75 meters qualified her for both the BIG EAST Championships and the ECAC Championship later in the year. Five different Wildcats competed in the pole vault and Wasik was followed by classmate Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) in second place (3.60m). Senior Melissa Meggiolaro (Whippany, N.J.) and junior Kim Logoyda (Randolph, N.J.) both cleared 3.45 meters and freshman Erica Litvak (Weston, Conn.) cleared a height of 3.30 meters.
In the seeded section of the triple jump sophomore Samantha Francis (Kingston, Jamaica) came in second out of 10 competitors with a distance of 11.99 meters, while junior Marie Minasi (Park Ridge, N.J.) was ninth (11.09m). In the unseeded section of the event sophomore Victoria Profit (Nissequogue, N.Y.) came in sixth and registered a mark of 10.72 meters.
Villanova returns to the Armory on Friday night to compete in the Albany Great Dane Invitational.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Shericka Ward 5th of 68 7.70 1st of 7 (Heat 5) Varonica Johnson 6th 7.70 1st of 8 (Heat 2) Qualitra Brown 17th 7.94 3rd of 7 (Heat 9)
Varonica Johnson 5th of 15 7.72 5th of 7 (Heat 1) Qualitra Brown 13th 8.06 6th of 8 (Heat 2)
Qualitra Brown 5th of 59 58.11 2nd of 4 (Heat 2) Fafavie Lumax 13th 59.90 4th of 6 (Heat 3) Katherine Petruzzellis 26th 1:02.05 4th of 5 (Heat 6)
800 Meters (Seeded)
Faith Dismuke 3rd of 9 2:15.04 Leanne Tucker 6th 2:16.61 Mary Bohi 7th 2:17.35
Ariann Neutts 5th of 48 2:48.32 5th of 9 (Heat 1) Emily Lipari 6th 2:49.67 6th of 9 (Heat 1) Stephanie Schappert 7th 2:51.59 1st of 10 (Heat 2) Amanda Borroughs 13th 3:03.28 3rd of 10 (Heat 2)
Courtney Chapman 2nd of 9 5:02.64 Shannon Browne 4th 5:10.12
Megan Venables 3rd of 41 10:17.79 3rd of 21 (Heat 1) Meghan Smith 7th 10:37.58 7th of 21 (Heat 1)
60 Meter Hurdles
Shericka Ward 1st of 56 8.43 1st of 6 (Heat 1) Emerald Walden 5th 8.82 1st of 8 (Heat 8) Katherine Petruzzellis 27th 9.49 3rd of 6 (Heat 4)
4x400 Meter Relay
Villanova 13th of 28 4:03.70 5th of 6 (Heat 2)
4x800 Meter Relay
Villanova 1st of 6 8:57.52
Alexandra Wasik 1st of 20 3.75m Kathleen McPhillips 2nd 3.60m Kim Logoyda tie-3rd 3.45m Melissa Meggiolaro 5th 3.45m Erica Litvak tie-6th 3.30m
Long Jump (Unseeded)
Samantha Yeats 4th of 29 5.31m 4th of 11 (Flight 1) Alexandria Reo 5th 5.27m 1st of 9 (Flight 2)
Triple Jump (Unseeded)
Victoria Profit 6th of 20 10.72m 6th of 13 (Flight 1)
Triple Jump (Seeded)
Samantha Francis 2nd of 10 11.99m Marie Minasi 9th 11.09m
Shot Put (Unseeded)
Katherine Petruzzellis 13th of 22 9.48m 2nd of 11 (Flight 2)