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).
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
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