Jan. 20, 2012
NEW YORK--Sophomore Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) won the Mile and Villanova had many strong performances at the Albany Great Dane Invitational, leading to a third place finish in the team standings at the New York Armory on Friday evening. Team points were awarded for finishing in the top eight of each event and the Wildcats registered 15 top-eight finishes covering 11 events en route to a team score of 68.5 points.
Lipari tallied her best collegiate time in the Mile with a mark of 4:42.35 and paced a field of 33 runners in the event. She also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay and helped the top Villanova quartet win its heat and place seventh overall out of 27 competing relays.
Sophomore Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had a terrific meet, finishing as the runner-up in the 1000 meters while also taking the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay. In the 1000 meters she crossed the finish line in 2:50.37 and shattered her previous personal best time by more than eight seconds.
The top relay squad for the Wildcats consisted of junior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) leading off, followed by Lipari and Akande ahead of freshman Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) in the anchor spot. The lineup consisting of middle distance runners finished with a time of 3:57.41 and won its heat by a margin of nearly five seconds.
A second Villanova relay was the runner-up in the same heat and recorded a time of 4:02.21. That lineup featured sophomore Mary Bohi (Shamong, N.J.), senior Erin Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.) and freshmen Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Amanda Borroughs (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).
Schappert finished third individually in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.74 and freshman Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) took fifth place in the Mile (4:49.08). In the 500 meters, Tucker and Ryan placed fifth and sixth overall and posted times of 1:17.17 and 1:17.44, respectively.
Freshmen Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) and Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) had success in the 60 meters and the 60 meter hurdles, respectively. Johnson came in fifth in the 60 meters with a personal best time of 7.66 in the finals. She had the eighth-fastest time (7.76) out of 59 competitors in the preliminaries - and also won her preliminary heat - before moving up three spots in the finals. She also placed 11th in the 200 meters (25.35). Walden, meanwhile, finished seventh in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.78.
In the field events freshman Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) led a strong group of Wildcats with a second place finish overall. She cleared a height of 3.75 meters, as did third place finisher Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.). Senior Melissa Meggiolaro (Whippany, N.J.) placed sixth (3.60m).
Sophomore Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) finished third in the high jump (1.70 meters) and classmate Samantha Francis (Kingston, Jamaica) placed sixth out of 30 competitors in the triple jump with a distance of 11.84 meters.
Villanova competes in the Penn State National next Friday and Saturday in its next meet.
NOTES: Ali Smith competed as an unattached entry in the Mile and finished seventh overall with a time of 4:54.79 ... Smith has outdoor eligibility remaining this spring for the Wildcats.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Varonica Johnson 8th of 59 7.76 1st of 7 (Heat 9)
Varonica Johnson 5th of 14 7.66 4th of 7 (Heat 2)
Varonica Johnson 11th of 62 25.35 2nd of 2 (Heat 13) Qualitra Brown 27th 25.68 5th of 5 (Heat 12)
Qualitra Brown 17th of 53 58.50 4th of 4 (Heat 9) Fafavie Lumax 38th 1:00.44 4th of 6 (Heat 6)
Leanne Tucker 5th of 23 1:17.17 3rd of 5 (Heat 4) Erin Ryan 6th 1:17.44 4th of 5 (Heat 4) Mary Bohi 13th 1:18.32 4th of 5 (Heat 3)
Stephanie Schappert 3rd of 34 2:12.74 3rd of 12 (Heat 3) Amanda Borroughs 12th 2:17.75 4th of 11 (Heat 2)
Nicky Akande 2nd of 24 2:50.37 2nd of 9 (Heat 3) Shannon Browne 13th 3:06.04 8th of 9 (Heat 3)
Emily Lipari 1st of 33 4:42.35 1st of 11 (Heat 3) Courtney Chapman 5th 4:49.08 5th of 11 (Heat 3) Ariann Neutts 9th 5:03.56 9th of 11 (Heat 3)
Megan Venables 8th of 27 10:11.53 8th of 16 (Heat 2) Sydney Harris 10th 10:12.61 1st of 11 (Heat 1) Meghan Smith 24th 10:58.91 16th of 16 (Heat 2)
60 Meter Hurdles
Emerald Walden 8th of 49 8.85 1st of 7 (Heat 1) Katherine Petruzzellis 33rd 9.42 4th of 7 (Heat 3)
Emerald Walden 7th of 16 8.78 6th of 8 (Heat 2)
4x400 Meter Relay
Villanova `A' 7th of 27 3:57.41 1st of 6 (Heat 4) Nicky Akande Mary Bohi Shannon Browne Amanda Borroughs
Samantha Yeats 3rd of 29 1.70m
Alexandra Wasik 2nd of 28 3.75m Kathleen McPhillips 3rd 3.75m Melissa Meggiolaro 6th 3.60m Erica Litvak 9th 3.45m Kim Logoyda 16th 3.30m
Alexandria Reo 26th of 32 4.97m
Samantha Francis 6th of 30 11.84m 4th of 11 (Flight 3) Marie Minasi 22nd 10.99m 9th of 9 (Flight 2) Victoria Profit 27th 10.79m 9th of 10 (Flight 1)