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Wildcats Dominate at Colonial Relays, Capture Second Straight Team Title

April 8, 2012

Led by victories in the 800 meters and the 1500 meters by senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) Villanova won its second straight team championship at the Colonial Relays in dominant fashion. In two days of competition the Wildcats amassed 152 team points to easily outdistance Delaware (90 points) and the rest of the field, which included 27 teams that earned points in the standings. Along the way to the team title Villanova won six individual events and one relay.

In races on Friday afternoon Reid doubled up in the 800 and the 1500 meters races and was at the forefront of a large group of Wildcats that ran in a group in both races. Reid posted a winning time of 2:07.65 in the 800 meters and later crossed the finish line in 4:20.78 to win the 1500 meters.

Other individual wins for Villanova came from senior sprinter Christie Verdier (Baldwin, N.Y.) in the 400 meters, sophomore jumper Samantha Francis (Kingston, Jamaica) in the championship section of the triple jump, senior Julia Arduini (Fairfield, Conn.) in the javelin and freshman Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) in the university section of the high jump. Verdier was first out of 44 runners in the 400 meters with a winning time of 54.45.

In the jumps Francis surpassed 12 meters for the first time this season and won the championship section of the event with a distance of 12.07 meters. Petruzzellis cleared a season-best height of 1.65 meters on her way to winning her section of the high jump. Arduini was also first in the javelin with a throw of 46.19 meters.

The final win for the Wildcats was in the distance medley relay, where a lineup of senior Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia), junior Shannon Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.), senior Erin Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.) and freshman Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) recorded a winning time of 11:35.97.



Reid may have been the headliner with her two individual victories but the trio of Mimic and sophomores Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) were also instrumental in Villanova combining to score XX team points in the 800 meters and 1500 meters races. Mimic was second in the 1500 meters (4:23.03) and 13th in the 800 meters (2:12.47), Akande finished third in both races with times of 2:09.15 and 4:23.31 and Lipari placed fifth in the 800 meters (2:09.67) and seventh in the 1500 meters (4:24.41).

A group of four freshmen, including Petruzzellis and sprinters Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.), Qualitra Brown (Suffolk, Va.) and Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) all fared well in the sprints. Johnson was the runner-up in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters and posted a time of 11.88 in the semifinals of the 100 meters competition. She also registered a time of 24.16 in the 200 meters race. Walden registered times of 14.17 and 14.29 in the preliminaries and finals of the 100 meter hurdles and wound up with a third place finish, while Brown finished eighth in the semifinals of the 100 meters (12.44) and 10th in the 400 meters (58.11).


100 Meters (University Section)


Varonica Johnson                        2nd of 27                12.03
Qualitra Brown                          6th                      12.36


Varonica Johnson                        2nd of 15                11.88
Qualitra Brown                          8th                      12.44


Varonica Johnson                        2nd of 6                 11.92

100 Meter Hurdles (University Section)


Emerald Walden                          2nd of 41                14.17
Katherine Petruzzellis                  13th                     15.32


Emerald Walden                          3rd of 16                14.29
Katherine Petruzzellis                  10th                     15.16

200 Meters (University Section)

Varonica Johnson                        2nd of 44                24.16
Emerald Walden                          20th                     26.04

400 Meters (University Section)

Christie Verdier                        1st of 44                54.45
Qualitra Brown                          10th                     58.11

400 Meter Hurdles (University Section)

Mary Bohi                               9th of 35                1:04.27
Faith Dismuke                           14th                     1:05.73

800 Meters (University Section)

Sheila Reid                             1st of 74                2:07.65
Nicky Akande                            3rd                      2:09.15
Emily Lipari                            5th                      2:09.67
Stephanie Schappert                     8th                      2:10.24
Ariann Neutts                           11th                     2:10.98
Leanne Tucker                           12th                     2:12.36
Bogdana Mimic                           13th                     2:12.47
Erin Ryan                               24th                     2:15.17
Shannon Browne                          27th                     2:16.08

1500 Meters (University Section)

Sheila Reid                             1st of 66                4:20.78
Bogdana Mimic                           2nd                      4:23.03
Nicky Akande                            3rd                      4:23.31
Ariann Neutts                           4th                      4:23.70
Emily Lipari                            7th                      4:24.41
Courtney Chapman                        13th                     4:31.94
Callie Hogan                            26th                     4:40.12

3000 Meter Steeplechase (University Section)

Ali Smith                               9th of 52                11:01.09

5000 Meters (University Section)

Summer Cook                             13th of 49               16:56.26
Megan Venables                          15th                     17:03.65
Meghan Smith                            22nd                     17:23.62

4x800 Meter Relay (University Section)

Villanova                               3rd of 14                8:49.19
Leanne Tucker, Nicole Schappert, Ariann Neutts, Nicky Akande

Distance Medley Relay (University Section)

Villanova                              1st of 13                11:35.97
Bogdana Mimic, Shannon Browne, Erin Ryan, Stephanie Schappert

High Jump (Championship Section)

Samantha Yeats                         2nd of 8                 1.77m

High Jump (University of Section)

Katherine Petruzzellis                 1st of 12                1.65m

Javelin Throw (University Section)

Julia Arduini                          1st of 17                46.19m
Jamie Klein                            5th                      42.25m
Alexi Stershic                         13th                     30.31m
Katherine Petruzzellis                 14th                     30.18m

Pole Vault (Championship Section)

Melissa Meggiolaro                     3rd of 7                 3.70m
Kathleen McPhillips                    4th                      3.55m

Pole Vault (University Section)

Samantha Yeats                         tie-7th of 12            3.20m

Triple Jump (Championship Section)

Samantha Francis                       1st of 11                12.07m