March 11, 2006
Fayetteville, Ark. - The Villanova University women's track and field team competed on the first day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships yesterday.
The women's DMR finished in 6th place, despite running without top anchor leg Marina Muncan, who is resting for the final in the women's mile this afternoon. Akilah Vargas lead the team off with a thrilling leg, handing off in second place in a time of 3:24. Tiera Fletcher continued the progress and split 53.8 for her 400m leg. Arusha McKenzie, getting off to a great start, faded in the final stages of her 800m leg and split 2:13. Frances Koons received the baton in 10th place but pulled the team back into 5th place. That effort took its toll, and she had to settle for a 6th place finish, still good enough for All-American honors.
Coach Gina Proccacio was pleased with the result. "For Vargas, McKenzie, and Koons this is their first trip to the NCAA and with this in mind I think they performed admirably," noted Procaccio. "They have gained much from tonight, and I think they can only go forward."
Marina Muncan qualified comfortably for today's final in the mile by winning her heat in a time of 4:42.85. She will be the second seed.
Story and photos courtesy of Andrew Blaich.