April 1, 2012
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).
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
100 Meter Hurdles
Katherine Petruzzellis 3rd of 38 15.36
Qualitra Brown 2nd of 42 58.85 Dominique Campbell 5th 59.97
Erin Ryan 2nd of 121 2:15.57 Mary Bohi 3rd 2:16.45 Shannon Browne 5th 2:17.20
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
Samantha Yeats tie-1st of 25 1.65m Katherine Petruzzellis tie-3rd 1.55m
Kathleen McPhillips tie-1st of 20 3.70m Kim Logoyda tie-4th 3.40m Melissa Meggiolaro tie-4th 3.40m
Samantha Yeats 1st of 37 5.14m Alexandria Reo 2nd 5.00m Kathleen McPhillips 5th 4.90m
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