April 11, 2010
VILLANOVA, Pa. -
It was a successful weekend in Miami as the Villanova women's track and field squad competed at the Hurricane Invitational on Saturday. Juniors Sheila Reid and Amanda Marino and sophomore Julia Arduini won at their respective events and the Wildcats improved on BIG EAST and regional standings.
Arduini won the javelin with ease as she threw 41.73 meters, while junior Ashlyn Llerandi placed second in the pole vault as she cleared 3.90 meters.
Classmate Audrey Gariepy-Bogui turned in her highest mark of the season and qualified to the BIG EAST Championships in the high jump as she cleared 1.72 meters.
Sophomore Christie Verdier turned in her best performance of the season in the 400m dash as she ran a very quick 55.97 seconds to finish first and qualify to the conference meet.
Sophomore Shericka Ward set a new school record in the 200m dash where she ran 23.74 seconds in an event that had some of the top runners in the country. In the 100m hurdles, Ward also had her best performance of the season clocking in at 13.39 seconds to earn fourth place and improve on her conference and region standing.
Also turning in a season-best was senior Kristen Mahon in the 400m hurdles. She clocked in at 1:00.84 for fourth place, nearly two seconds better than her previous performance.
The Wildcats showed dominance in the 1,500m run where they took they took the top-seven collegiate spots. Reid won the event in 4:20.68- a BIG EAST qualifying time- and nearly four seconds ahead of the runner-up who was running unattached. Mimic was the second collegiate finisher and crossed the finish line in 4:24.36, while senior Nicole Schappert and freshman Brooke Simpson were right behind her in 4:25.44 and 4:26.01, respectively. Juniors Ali Smith and Amanda Marino made their season debuts in the 1,500m and qualified to the conference championships. Smith recorded a time of 4:28.70, while Marino finished in 4:30.91. Freshman Ariann Neutts ran the event in 4:36.70.
Making her debut in the 800m run, Reid ran a BIG EAST qualifying time of 2:10.89 and earned seventh place. Not far behind her was senior Ellen Dougherty who crossed the finish line in a conference qualifying time of 2:11.07. Also qualifying was sophomore Bogdana Mimic who finished in 2:13.76.
Villanova went one-two-three-four in the 3,000m run as Marino led the pack in a very fast 9:45.08. Senior Kaitlyn Tallman clocked in at 9:57.20, while junior Sarah Morrison and freshman Meghan Smith recorded times of 10:17.02 and 10:18.91, respectively.
The Wildcats will continue the outdoor season next weekend, April 16-17, at the Widener Invitational in Chester, Pa.