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Women's Indoor Track & Field BIG EAST Championship Notes

Feb. 23, 2014

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** Villanova won three BIG EAST titles in the span of approximately one hour on Saturday night. The men's and women's indoor track & field teams and the women's swimming & diving team each captured conference crowns. The track & field championships meet ended just before 9 p.m. and the swimming & diving championships concluded very soon after.

** Villanova has won 85 conference team titles in its history, including four during the 2013-14 academic year. The first for the current year was men's cross country during the fall. This is the first time since the 1992-93 academic year that Villanova has won at least four conference team titles in the same year; it is the 10th time overall with four or more conference champions in one academic year.

** Women's indoor track & field won its 12th BIG EAST title. Villanova has won more team titles than any other women's program (Georgetown is second with seven titles). The 12 championships the Wildcats have won came in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2010 and 2014.

** This is the fourth time that the Wildcats have won both the men's and women's team titles in the same year. The other years this happened were 1983, 1985 and 1986.

** For the fifth time in the 32-year history of the conference meet, the team champion was determined by a margin of fewer than three points. Villanova finished with 159.5 points, while Georgetown was the runner-up with 157 points.

** Emily Lipari has won seven BIG EAST titles in her career between individual events and relays. She is only the eighth woman in conference history to win at least seven indoor league titles. Five of the eight to accomplish this feat are Villanovans.

** This is the third straight year that Lipari has won the BIG EAST title in the 1000 meters. She is the first person in conference history to win the 1000 meters three times.

** Lipari is the sixth runner in team history to win three BIG EAST indoor titles in the same event.

Women's Indoor Track & Field - three career event titles in one event
Michelle Bennett - 500 meters (1989, 1990, 1991)
Debbie Grant, 500 meters (1984, 1985, 1987)
Vicki Huber, 3000 meters (1987, 1988, 1989)
Emily Lipari, 1000 meters (2012, 2013, 2014)
Veronica McIntosh, 800 meters (1983, 1984, 1985)
Jennifer Rhines, 5000 meterse (1994, 1996, 1996)

** Lipari has won seven BIG EAST indoor titles between individual events and relays. Only eight women in conference history have won at least seven titles and five of the eight are Villanovans.**

Women's Indoor Track & Field - at least seven individual/relay conference titles
9 - Vicki Huber, Villanova
8 - Krestena Sullivan, Villanova
7 - Janeen Bonner, Syracuse
7 - Veronica McIntosh, Villanova
7 - Cheri Goddard, Villanova
7 - Emily Lipari, Villanova
7 - Najuma Fletcher, Pittsburgh

** Head coach Gina Procaccio has coached 66 indoor track & field BIG EAST champions.

** Below is a list of the six events that Villanova won at the conference meet, along with the number of titles that the Wildcats have in that particular event.

Event                 BIG EAST Titles     2014 Champion
4x800 Meter Relay     22                  Schappert-Piccirillo-Akande-Lipari
1000 Meters           20                  Emily Lipari (2:43.69)
Mile                  12                  Angel Piccirillo (5:01.87)
60 Meter Hurdles      6                   Emerald Walden (8.58)
Triple Jump           1                   Anne Yahiro (12.07 meters)
Pole Vault            1                   Alexandra Wasik (3.80 meters)

** The top three finishers in each event earn All-BIG EAST honors for that event. The total number of 2014 All-BIG EAST honorees from the Wildcats is 20.