Jan. 18, 2013
NEW YORK - Junior distance runner Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) opened up her indoor season with a career best effort in the 3000 meters and both she and sophomore pole vaulter Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) set meet records in their respective events in the Great Dane Classic at the New York Armory on Friday night. Villanova had more than a dozen athletes competing in seven events during the meet.
Lipari won the 3000 meters with a time of 9:20.07 and shattered her previous personal best in the event by nine seconds. She now has the third fastest time in the nation to this point in the season as well as the leading BIG EAST time. The field of runners in the 3000 meters included five Wildcats and senior Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) also beat the previous Great Dane Classic meet record with a personal best time of 9:29.33.
She placed third out of the 30 entries in the race and was followed by junior teammate Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in fourth place with a time of 9:44.45. Senior Meghan Smith (Newark, Del.) finished in ninth place (10:09.76, personal best) and sophomore Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.) was 14th (10:21.59).
Wasik took first place in the pole vault for the third consecutive meet to start the season and matched a personal best height of 3.95 meters. She has cleared 3.90 meters or higher in two of her three outings on the year and today's mark equaled her efforts from last year's BIG EAST Championships, where she earned all-conference honors.
Villanova was also well-represented in the pole vault with four of the top eight finishers. Freshman Virginia LaMacchia (Bloomsburg, Pa.) tied her season best with a height of 3.60 meters to come in sixth, while freshman Abigail Nolte (Branchburg, N.J.) and sophomore Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) were seventh and eighth, respectively, each with heights of 3.45 meters.
A trio of Wildcats each notched third place finishes in their events, beginning with sophomore Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) clearing a height of 1.70 meters in the high jump. In the running events sophomore Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) placed third in the Mile with a time of 4:54.88 and classmate Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) was third in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles. Walden qualified for the finals after winning her preliminary heat with a time of 8.75, which was sixth overall out of 45 competitors. In the finals her time of 8.80 placed her third out of 14 qualifiers.
Sophomore Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) came in fourth out of 48 entries in the 200 meters with a time of 24.82.
Rounding out the group of Villanova athletes in the meet was a trio that competed in the 800 meters. Senior Anna Francis (Brookhaven, N.Y.) was fourth in the race with a time of 2:16.70, while junior Mary Bohi (Shamong, N.J.) came in sixth (2:17.60) and sophomore Amanda Borrougs (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was 10th (2:18.68).
Next up on the schedule for the Wildcats is the Penn State National Meet, which will be held over two days next Friday and Saturday (January 25-26).
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
60 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries)
Emerald Walden 6th of 45 8.75
60 Meter Hurdles (Finals)
Emerald Walden 3rd of 14 8.80
Courtney Chapman 3rd of 22 4:54.88
Anna Francis 4th of 34 2:16.70 Mary Bohi 6th 2:17.60 Amanda Borroughs 10th 2:18.68
Varonica Johnson 4th of 48 24.82
Emily Lipari 1st of 30 9:20.07 (Meet Record) Summer Cook 3rd 9:29.33 Nicky Akande 4th 9:44.45 Meghan Smith 9th 10:09.76 Megan Venables 14th 10:21.59
Katherine Petruzzellis 3rd of 18 1.70m
Alexandra Wasik 1st of 17 3.95m (Meet Record) Virginia LaMacchia 6th 3.60m Abigail Nolte 7th 3.45m Kathleen McPhillips 8th 3.45m
Villanova 3rd of 21 75 Points