Jan. 26, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The second and final day of competition at the Penn State National was a good one for Villanova at the Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track on Saturday afternoon, where the team registered several strong performances in the prestigious invitational sections of the running events. In addition to the individual success the Wildcats also won the invitational 4x800 meter relay.
Freshman Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) put up a big time in the invitational 800 meters and placed second in a field of eight runners with a time of 2:08.17, a virtual match for a career-best mark of 2:08 she recorded while in high school. Margey finished less than half of a second off the winning pace and lowered her season best time by well over two seconds. Senior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) came in seventh in the race with a time of 2:13.06.
Villanova had a deep group of runners in the invitational Mile and the four Wildcats who competed in that race were led by junior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.), who came in third out of 12 competitors overall with a time of 4:39.36. Freshman Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) finished fifth (4:40.08), while junior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and sophomore Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) were sixth (4:42.34) and seventh (4:43.69), respectively. The times for Akande and Schappert are both new personal bests.
In the invitational section of the 500 meters freshman Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.) came in second out of six runners with a time of 1:13.84. She set a personal best in the event by a margin of more than 1.5 seconds as she eclipsed a strong time that she had put up in the Jack Pyrah Invitational to begin the season.
Another noteworthy performance in the invitational events came from sophomore Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) in the 600 meters. In a field of five competitors Tucker was the runner up in 1:35.13 and was also the first collegiate finisher across the line by a margin of more than three seconds.
Sophomore Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) came in 15th in the invitational 3000 meters with a time of 9:48.50.
This meet marked the second time this season that the Wildcats ran a 4x800 meter relay and the team came away with its second victory in as many tries. Villanova recorded a time of 8:50.80 to win the relay by a comfortable margin.
In the field events junior Samantha Francis (Kingston, Jamaica) and freshman Anne Yahiro (Downers Grove, Ill.) were each sensational in the triple jump. Francis went over 12 meters for the first time this season and came in second out of 22 competitors with a mark of 12.42 meters. Yahiro registered a new personal best for the second time this season with a distance of 11.53 meters, good for 11th place in the field.
Next weekend the Wildcats will be back in action at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Friday and Saturday. That is the final meet before the BIG EAST Championships in mid-February.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Varonica Johnson 6th of 33 24.72 1st of 5 (Heat 5)
Qualitra Brown 27th of 32 58.79 4th of 4 (Heat 1)
500 Meters Invitational
Michaela Wilkins 2nd of 6 1:13.84
Mary Bohi 8th of 19 1:17.39 2nd of 4 (Heat 1)
600 Meters Invitational
Leanne Tucker 2nd of 5 1:35.13
800 Meters Invitational
Kelsey Margey 2nd of 8 2:08.17 Ariann Neutts 7th 2:13.06
Shannon Browne tie-3rd of 17 2:14.77
Amanda Borroughs 6th of 8 3:00.23
Emily Lipari 3rd of 12 4:39.36 Angel Piccirillo 5th 4:40.08 Nicky Akande 6th 4:42.34 Stephanie Schappert 7th 4:43.69
3000 Meters Invitational
Courtney Chapman 15th of 18 9:48.50
4x400 Meter Relay
Villanova 8th of 13 3:49.88
4x800 Meter Relay Invitational
Villanova 1st of 2 8:50.80
Kathleen McPhillips 2nd of 11 3.55m Abigail Nolte 4th 3.55m Virginia LaMacchia 7th 3.40m
Samantha Yeats 4th of 19 1.76m
Samantha Francis 2nd of 22 12.42m Anne Yahiro 11th 11.53m