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Wildcats Capture Six Wins at Danny Curran Invitational
Samantha Yeats finished first in the long jump and tied for first in the high jump at the Danny Curran Invitational over the weekend.

April 1, 2012

Complete Results

CHESTER, Pa. - Led by at least a share of first place in five different field events Villanova won a total of six events over two days of competition in the Danny Curran Invitational at Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Stadium this weekend. Sophomore jumper Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) won the long jump and tied for first in the high jump to lead the Wildcats with two victories and sophomore Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) highlighted the running events with a win in the 1500 meters.

Yeats registered a distance of 5.14 meters in the long jump and placed first in a field of 37 competitors. Her winning distance came on her first attempt out of four jumps total. In the high jump Yeats cleared a height of 1.65 meters on her first try and tied for first out of 25 entries.

Villanova showcased its depth in the jumps with a number of strong performances. Yeats and junior Alexandria Reo (Parsippany, N.J.) finished first and second in the long jump, with Reo recording a distance of 5.00 meters. In the high jump, Yeats was followed in close order by freshman Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.), who tied for third place with a height of 1.55 meters. Petruzzellis also came in third in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.36.

Freshman Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) tied for first place out of 20 competitors in the pole vault with a mark of 3.70 meters and also placed fifth in the long jump with a distance of 4.90 meters. In the triple jump sophomore Victoria Profit (Nissequogue, N.Y.) and junior Marie Minasi (Park Ridge, N.J.) came in first (11.04m) and second (11.02m), respectively, with nearly identical marks.



The final win in the field events for the Wildcats came from senior Julia Arduini (Fairfield, Conn.) in the javelin, where she and freshman Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) claimed the top two spots. Arduini led a field of 28 throwers with a distance of 43.77 meters in the javelin, while Klein's runner-up mark was 39.17 meters.

In the running events Lipari headlined a group of Villanova middle distance runners with a first place showing in the 1500 meters, which she won with a time of 4:30.71 in her first race of the outdoor season. Seniors Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia) and Ali Smith (Columbia, Md.) finished second (4:32.69) and third (4:36.74), respectively as the Wildcats accounted for the top three and six of the top 10 finishers.

Freshman Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) came in fifth in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:37.79 and was followed by junior Meghan Smith (Newark, Del.) and freshman Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.). Smith finished ninth (4:47.23) and Venables came in 10th (4:47.32).

In the 800 meters senior Erin Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.) was the runner-up out of 121 runners in the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.57, while sophomore Mary Bohi (Shamong, N.J.) and junior Shannon Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) were right behind her with third place (2:16.45) and fifth place (2:17.20) finishes. In addition the freshmen duo of Qualitra Brown (Suffolk, Va.) and Dominique Campbell (Washington, D.C.) placed second and fifth, respectively, in the 400 meters with times of 58.85 and 59.97.

Villanova next competes in the Colonial Relays and the Sam Howell Invitational scheduled for the upcoming weekend (April 6-7).


100 Meter Hurdles

Katherine Petruzzellis                   3rd of 38                 15.36

400 Meters

Qualitra Brown                           2nd of 42                 58.85
Dominique Campbell                       5th                       59.97

800 Meters

Erin Ryan                                2nd of 121                2:15.57
Mary Bohi                                3rd                       2:16.45
Shannon Browne                           5th                       2:17.20

1500 Meters

Emily Lipari                             1st of 114                4:30.71
Bogdana Mimic                            2nd                       4:32.69
Ali Smith                                3rd                       4:36.74
Courtney Chapman                         5th                       4:37.79
Meghan Smith                             9th                       4:47.23
Megan Venables                           10th                      4:47.32

High Jump

Samantha Yeats                           tie-1st of 25             1.65m
Katherine Petruzzellis                   tie-3rd                   1.55m

Pole Vault

Kathleen McPhillips                      tie-1st of 20             3.70m
Kim Logoyda                              tie-4th                   3.40m
Melissa Meggiolaro                       tie-4th                   3.40m

Long Jump

Samantha Yeats                           1st of 37                 5.14m
Alexandria Reo                           2nd                       5.00m
Kathleen McPhillips                      5th                       4.90m

Triple Jump

Vitoria Profit                           1st of 22                 11.04m
Marie Minasi                             2nd                       11.02m


Julia Arduini                            1st of 28                 43.77m
Jamie Klein                              2nd                       39.17m
Alexi Stershic                           22nd                      30.05m