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Walden Leads the Way in Preliminary Heats of 100 Meter Hurdles at Colonial Relays
Emerald Walden had the fastest time out of 41 runners in the preliminaries of the 100 meter hurdles.

April 5, 2013

Complete Results

Sophomore sprinter Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) had the fastest time out of 41 entries in the preliminary heats of the 100 meter hurdles and Villanova got off to a successful start in the Colonial Relays at Zable Stadium on Friday afternoon. Following the first day of competition at this weekend's meet the Wildcats were in fourth place in the team standings out of 24 teams that had scored points.

Walden ran in the third preliminary heat of the 100 meter hurdles and had a time of 13.77 to lead the field of 41 hurdlers competing. Sophomore Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) came in second in her heat of the hurdles and recorded a time of 15.35.

Overall it was a great day for the Villanova sprinters. Sophomore Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) finished first in her heat of the 100 meters with a time of 12.07 and ranked fourth overall out of 46 competitors. She also ran in the 200 meters and her time of 24.62 placed her eighth in a field of 61 runners. Walden came in fourth in her heat of the 200 meters with a time of 25.97 and was 23rd overall.

Among the other strong results for the Wildcats on Friday was a runner-up finish for sophomore Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) in the University section of the 3000 meters. She registered a time of 9:56.65 and finished second out of the 28 runners in the race.

Senior distance runner Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) registered a personal best time of 16:17.15 in a fourth place finish in the Championship section of the 5000 meters. Her time was 11 seconds faster than her top indoor time, which she set less than two months ago at the BIG EAST Championships.

In the middle distance events sophomore Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.) and senior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) finished strong in the 800 meters and the 1500 meters, respectively. Dismuke came in third in her heat of the 800 meters with a time of 2:11.57 and was eighth out of 67 runners overall. Neutts placed eighth out of 40 in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:29.07.



In the field events on Friday sophomores Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) and Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) finished third in the pole vault and the javelin, respectively. Wasik cleared a height of 3.84 meters and Klein threw for a distance of 43.21 meters. Villanova had three of the top nine finishers out of 21 athletes in the pole vault. Sophomore Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) and freshman Virginia LaMacchia (Bloomsburg, Pa.) each cleared a height of 3.60 meters.

The two-day Colonial Relays continue on Saturday morning.


100 Meters (Preliminaries)

Varonica Johnson            4th of 46           12.07           1st of 8 (Heat 4)

100 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries)

Emerald Walden              1st of 41           13.77           1st of 8 (Heat 3)
Katherine Petruzzellis      22nd                15.35           2nd of 8 (Heat 4)

200 Meters

Varonica Johnson            8th of 61           24.62           5th of 7 (Heat 1)
Emerald Walden              23rd                25.97           4th of 7 (Heat 4)

400 Meters (University)

Qualitra Brown              24th of 55          58.13           6th of 7 (Heat 3)

400 Meter Hurdles (University)

Mary Bohi                   14th of 47          1:04.12         5th of 7 (Heat 2)

800 Meters (University)

Faith Dismuke               8th of 67           2:11.57         3rd of 8 (Heat 2)
Leanne Tucker               10th                2:12.05         7th of 7 (Heat 1)
Shannon Browne              17th                2:12.96         6th of 8 (Heat 2)
Anna Francis                33rd                2:18.08         6th of 10 (Heat 5)

1500 Meters (Championship)

Ariann Neutts               8th of 40           4:29.07

3000 Meters (University)

Courtney Chapman            2nd of 28           9:56.65

5000 Meters (Championship)

Summer Cook                 4th of 43           16:17.15
Meghan Smith                24th                17:14.25
Megan Venables              40th                17:43.12

Long Jump

Samantha Yeats              18th of 42          5.18m
Anne Yahiro                 25th                4.97m
Alexandria Reo              37th                4.77m

Pole Vault

Alexandra Wasik             3rd of 21           3.84m
Kathleen McPhillips         tie-5th             3.60m
Virginia LaMacchia          9th                 3.60m


Jamie Klein                 3rd of 23           43.21m
Katherine Petruzzellis      17th                33.82m