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Reid Wins Two Events as Wildcats Open Season at Big Five Invite
Sheila Reid won the 800 meters and the 1500 meters in the first competition of the outdoor season on Saturday at the Big Five Invite.

March 26, 2012

Complete Meet Results

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--Villanova opened the outdoor track & field season on Saturday afternoon at the Big Five Invite and the team registered first place finishes in eight different events at Franklin Field, including wins by senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) in both the 800 meters and the 1500 meters. In all the Wildcats won two sprints, two middle distance races and four field events in their opening event of the spring.

Reid was running her first official races since the NCAA Championships at the end of the cross country season. She won the 1500 meters with a time of 4:23.12 and also crossed the finish line with a time of 2:09.74 in the 800 meters. Her times in both events were among the fastest in the nation during the opening weekend of the outdoor season. Although she was running her first race of the year Reid posted a faster time in the 1500 meters than her winning time from the BIG EAST Championships last May. She was also running her first individual 800 meters race in a Villanova uniform since the 2010 BIG EAST Championships.

In the 1500 meters the Wildcats had a contingent of 12 runners in competition and accounted for the first four finishers, as Reid was followed by junior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.), freshman Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and sophomore Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) in the second through fourth spots. Neutts crossed the finish line in 4:30.90, Schappert registered a time of 4:31.54 and Akande finished in 4:32.58.

Those same four runners were also combined to finish in the top five of the 800 meters, where Akande came in second (2:10.61), Schappert finished third (2:12.28) and Neutts placed fifth (2:15.45). Freshman Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) also ran strong races in each event, finishing eighth in the 800 meters (2:16.47) and 11th in the 1500 meters (4:42.04).



In the sprint events freshman Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior Christie Verdier (Baldwin, N.Y.) came in first and second, respectively, in the 100 meters. Johnson tallied a time of 12.26 and Verdier was just five-hundredths of a second behind with a time of 12.31. Freshman Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) took first place in the 100 meter hurdles and had a winning time of 14.39.

Villanova has a good mix of veteran performers and new faces in the field events and the depth of the team's talent was on display in Saturday's competition. Senior Julia Arduini (Fairfield, Conn.) won the javelin with a throw of 43.67 meters, while freshman Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) was a close runner up with a distance of 43.05 meters.

In the pole vault freshman Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) tied for first place by clearing a height of 3.65 meters on her second attempt. In the progression of the pole vault competition she cleared heights of 3.35 meters and 3.50 meters on her first attempts.

The other two wins for the Wildcats came in the triple jump and the high jump. Sophomore Samantha Francis (Kingston, Jamaica) tallied a mark of 11.76 meters in the triple jump, while junior Marie Minasi (Park Ridge, N.J.) and sophomore Victoria Profit (Nissequogue, N.Y.) came in third (11.22m) and fourth (11.13m), respectively.

In the high jump sophomore Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) produced a winning height of 1.75 meters and freshman Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) tied for third with a mark of 1.60 meters. Petruzzellis, who competed in the pentathlon during the indoor season, also competed in the 100 meter hurdles (fourth, 15.48), javelin (seventh, 27.29m) and long jump (ninth, 5.13m).

Villanova will send athletes to two different meets during the coming weekend, including the Texas Relays as well as the local Danny Curran Invitational.


100 Meters

Varonica Johnson                  1st of 22               12.26
Christie Verdier                  2nd                     12.31
Dominique Campbell                16th                    13.41

100 Meter Hurdles

Emerald Walden                    1st of 14               14.39
Katherine Petruzzellis            4th                     15.48

200 Meters

Qualitra Brown                    11th of 23              26.18
Emerald Walden                    12th                    26.23
Dominique Campbell                18th                    27.29

400 Meters

Qualitra Brown                    4th of 14               59.58

400 Meter Hurdles

Faith Dismuke                     5th of 13               1:04.22
Mary Bohi                         7th                     1:05.29

800 Meters

Sheila Reid                       1st of 37               2:09.74
Nicky Akande                      2nd                     2:10.61
Stephanie Schappert               3rd                     2:12.28
Ariann Neutts                     5th                     2:15.45
Leanne Tucker                     8th                     2:16.47
Erin Ryan                         14th                    2:18.96
Shannon Browne                    15th                    2:19.68
Anna Francis                      16th                    2:20.03
Amanda Borroughs                  26th                    2:22.08
Meghan Smith                      35th                    2:28.99
Megan Venables                    36th                    2:34.62

1500 Meters

Sheila Reid                       1st of 42               4:23.12
Ariann Neutts                     2nd                     4:30.90
Stephanie Schappert               3rd                     4:31.54
Nicky Akande                      4th                     4:32.58
Summer Cook                       9th                     4:41.65
Leanne Tucker                     11th                    4:42.04
Courtney Chapman                  12th                    4:42.56
Meghan Smith                      16th                    4:46.48
Megan Venables                    18th                    4:49.77
Amanda Borroughs                  21st                    4:53.08
Shannon Browne                    23rd                    4:53.64
Erin Ryan                         26th                    4:55.98

4x400 Meter Relay

Villanova                         3rd of 6                3:57.69


Julia Arduini                     1st of 8                43.67m
Jamie Klein                       2nd                     43.05m
Alexi Stershic                    6th                     28.00m
Katherine Petruzzellis            7th                     27.29m

Pole Vault

Kathleen McPhillips               tie-1st of 7            3.65m
Melissa Meggiolaro                tie-3rd                 3.50m
Kim Logoyda                       6th                     3.50m
Erica Litvak                      7th                     3.05m

Long Jump

Samantha Yeats                    3rd of 14               5.26m
Alexandria Reo                    tie-4th                 5.24m
Kathleen McPhillips               6th                     5.19m
Katherine Petruzzellis            9th                     5.13m

Triple Jump

Samantha Francis                  1st of 6                11.76m
Marie Minasi                      3rd                     11.22m
Victoria Profit                   4th                     11.13m

High Jump

Samantha Yeats                    1st of 6                1.75m
Katherine Petruzzellis            tie-3rd                 1.60m