Feb. 1, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.--Senior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and junior Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) each posted big wins at the Penn State National and junior Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) set a personal best in the pole vault on Saturday afternoon at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track as Villanova finished two strong days of competition. Lipari and Schappert tallied first-place finishes in the invitational sections of the 3000 meters and the 1000 meters, respectively.
Lipari held of Katrina Coogan of Georgetown to win the 3000 meters by less than one second. Her winning time of 9:09.37 is currently the second-fastest in the nation this season, pending the results of other races from around the country this weekend. It is also the second-fastest time that Lipari has run in her career and was less than half a second off her personal best of 9:08.91 set at the Columbia Last Chance Meet last season. Senior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) also ran in the invitational section of the 3000 meters and finished in ninth place with a time of 9:40.27.
In the invitational 1000 meters Schappert recorded a time of 2:48.60 and finished first out of five runners in the section. She ran easily to the victory and defeated runner-up Chelsea Cox of Georgetown by more than 2.5 seconds to secure the first-place finish. The other invitational race for the Wildcats on Saturday was the 800 meters, in which sophomore Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) came in fifth with a time of 2:07.87. The trio of Lipari, Akande and Piccirillo all came back strong after running in the distance medley relay last night.
Wasik had a terrific performance in the pole vault and cleared a height of 4.01 meters to come in second out of nine competitors. She had cleared 4.00 meters twice previously in her career, once indoors at the Armory Collegiate Invitational last season and once outdoors at last year's NCAA East Regional. The mark of 4.01 meters at Penn State is a new personal best and is the best mark for a Villanova athlete since school-record holder Ashlyn Llerandi cleared 4.05 meters on May 22, 2011. Junior Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) came in fifth in the pole vault with a height of 3.81 meters and graduate student Bianca Reo (Parsippany, N.J.) was ninth with a mark of 3.41 meters.
Next up for the Wildcats is the Armory Collegiate Invitational next Friday and Saturday (February 7-8) in New York.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
200 Meters (Unseeded)
Varonica Johnson tie-2nd of 31 24.68
400 Meters (Unseeded)
Michaela Wilkins 7th of 28 56.91
500 Meters (Unseeded)
Veronica Scott 15th of 23 1:18.68
800 Meters (Invitational)
Angel Piccirillo 5th of 12 2:07.87
1000 Meters (Invitational)
Stephanie Schappert 1st of 5 2:48.60
3000 Meters (Invitational)
Emily Lipari 1st of 10 9:09.37 Nicky Akande 9th 9:40.27
3000 Meters (Unseeded)
Caitlin Bungo 9th of 19 10:02.39
4x400 Meter Relay (Unseeded)
Villanova 8th of 18 3:51.95 Michaela Wilkins Kelsey Margey Angel Piccirillo Emerald Walden
Pole Vault (Invitational)
Alexandra Wasik 2nd of 9 4.01m Kathleen McPhillips 5th 3.81m Bianca Reo 9th 3.41m
Anne Yahiro 10th of 25 11.77m