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Lipari and Piccirillo Score Wins at Great Dane Classic
Angel Piccirillo raced to a first place finish in the 1000 meters at the Great Dane Classic.

Jan. 18, 2014

NEW YORK - Senior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and sophomore Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) won the Mile and the 1000 meters, respectively, and Villanova continued the indoor season on a strong note with its performance at the Great Dane Classic on Friday night. The meet was the second of three straight at the New York Armory for the Wildcats, who picked up six top-three finishes on the day.

The majority of the Villanova distance runners were making their season debut in the meet. Lipari and junior teammate Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) raced to a one-two finish in the Mile, with Lipari crossing the finish line with a winning time of 4:43.92. Schappert was right behind her in 4:44.60 and the next finisher was nearly nine seconds back in third place.

Piccirillo registered a time of 2:48.26 in the 1000 meters and won by more than a second over the runner-up from Albany. In addition to their individual races Lipari and Piccirillo also ran a leg on the Wildcats 4x400 meter relay entry. The relay team made up of Lipari, sophomore Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.), Piccirillo and senior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) posted a time of 3:51.21 and finished in sixth place out of 29 teams.

Two of the other top finishes for Villanova came from Akande and sophomore Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) in the 800 meters. The pair finished second and third, respectively, in a field of 36 runners. Akande crossed the finish line second in 2:10.88, while Margey was third with a time of 2:11.48.



Junior sprinter Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) had the other top-three finish for the Wildcats after running two races in the 60 meter hurdles. Walden ranked third out of 50 entries in the preliminary heats of the hurdles. She recorded a time of 8.76 in the preliminaries and lowered that mark to 8.71 to hold on to her third place standing in the finals.

In other results from the sprint events, junior Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) took fifth place in the 200 meters (24.47) and freshman Veronica Scott (Plymouth, N.H.) was sixth in the 500 meters after crossing the finish line in 1:18.49.

A group of three Villanova athletes took part in the pole vault, with junior Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) tying for fifth place by clearing a height of 3.60 meters. Sophomores Virginia LaMacchia (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Abigail Nolte (Branchburg, N.J.) placed seventh (3.60m) and tied for 11th (3.45m), respectively.

Sophomore Anne Yahiro (Downers Grove, Ill.) finished seventh in the triple jump with a distance of 11.84 meters and senior Victoria Profit (Nissequogue, N.Y.) was 12th (11.57m). Sophomore Alita Ostapkovich (Bensalem, Pa.) came in ninth in the weight throw (13.75m).

Overall the Wildcats had 22 student-athletes competing in 13 different events at the Great Dane meet. Villanova amassed 82.5 points and finished second in the team scoring for the meet.


60 Meters

Kalissa Caesar                39th of 57                  8.08
Emma Biggs                    51st                        8.20

60 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries)

Emerald Walden                3rd of 50                   8.76

60 Meter Hurdles (Finals)

Emerald Walden                3rd of 15                   8.71

200 Meters

Varonica Johnson              5th of 68                   24.47
Kalissa Caesar                45th                        26.07
Emma Biggs                    55th                        26.43

400 Meters

Michaela Wilkins              11th of 48                  57.26

500 Meters

Veronica Scott                6th of 18                   1:18.49
Mary Bohi                     8th                         1:18.75

800 Meters

Nicky Akande                  2nd of 36                   2:10.88
Kelsey Margey                 3rd                         2:11.48

1000 Meters

Angel Piccirillo              1st of 21                   2:48.26


Emily Lipari                  1st of 32                   4:43.92
Stephanie Schappert           2nd                         4:44.60

3000 Meters

Caitlin Bungo                 7th of 32                   10:11.74
Alexandra Russo               10th                        10:16.05

4x400 Meter Relay

Villanova                     6th of 29                   3:51.21
Emily Lipari                  1st
Michaela Wilkins              2nd
Angel Piccirillo              3rd
Nicky Akande                  Anchor

Pole Vault

Kathleen McPhillips           tie-5th of 23               3.60m
Virginia LaMacchia            7th                         3.60
Abigail Nolte                 tie-11th                    3.45

Triple Jump

Anne Yahiro                   7th of 26                   11.84
Victoria Profit               12th                        11.57

Weight Throw

Alita Ostapkovich             9th of 22                   13.75