Jan. 31, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
National marks and season leading times highlighted the NYRR Saturday Night at The Armory II as the women's track and field squad had tremendous success in its third meet at the New York indoor track.
The Wildcats entered the meet looking to garner some NCAA qualifying times and head coach Gina Procaccio loaded up the 3,000m with five members of the NCAA champion cross country team. To ensure a quality pace, graduate assistant coach Frances Koons assumed pacing duties and took the field through 2000 meters in 6:10.5.
As Koons stepped off the track junior Sheila Reid upped the ante and ran the next 200 meters in 34 seconds. She continued the punishing pace and ran the last 1,000 meters in 2:54.7 to post a blistering time of 9:04.85. Her time is an NCAA automatic qualifying time and is currently the fastest collegiate time in the nation. Not far behind was freshman Bogdana Mimic who also posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 9:07.96. Mimic ran her last 1,000m in 2:57.9 and her time is the third fastest time in the nation.
Senior Nicole Schappert was third in an NCAA provisional time of 9:14.15 and is currently sixth on the national list. Not to be outdone, junior Amanda Marino and senior Kaitlyn Tallman posted NCAA provisional times of 9:27.05 and 9:31.37 and finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
In the 800m freshman Ariann Neutts, took off from the gun and ran a personal best time winning the event in an NCAA provisional time of 2:08.65.
In the field events, junior Ashlynn Llerandi, continued her breakthrough season finishing second in the pole vault in a lifetime best of 3.90m. Her performance has her standing atop the rankings in the BIG EAST.
Other event winners include sophomore Shericka Ward who finished first in the 60m hurdles and the 200m in 8.59 and 24.72, respectively and junior Alison Smith who dominated the mile, winning in 4:51.43.
Classmate Kristen Mahon was impressive in the 500m finishing second in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 1:13.68.
Villanova will return to the track on Friday, Feb. 5 for the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y. and the Haverford College Invitational in Haverford, Pa.