April 13, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Senior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and junior Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) each posted personal best times in the 800 meters and Villanova swept the top four spots in the race in the Hurricane Alumni Invitational at Cobb Stadium. The 800 meters race was one of eight events the Wildcats competed in on Saturday afternoon.
This is the second straight year that Lipari and Schappert have set new personal bests in the 800 meters at the Miami meet and they combined with sophomore Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) and senior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) to finish first through fourth in the field of 15 runners. Lipari registered a winning time of 2:06.05 and Schappert was second in 2:06.54. Piccirillo and Akande finished with near identical times of 2:07.45 and 2:07.48, respectively.
Sophomore Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.) led the way for Villanova in the sprints with a sixth place finish in the 400 meters (55.65). Junior Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) came in 10th in the 100 meters (11.99), while freshman Danielle Wheatley (Greenbelt, Md.) took 10th place in the 400 meter hurdles (1:07.58) and 17th place in the 100 meter hurdles (15.12).
The final running event for the Wildcats was the 4x400 meter relay, in which Villanova placed third with a time of 3:45.61.
In the field events senior Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) and junior Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) were the winners of the high jump and the pole vault, respectively. Yeats came in first out of nine competitors in the high jump with a height of 1.76 meters. Wasik and sophomore Virginia LaMacchia (Bloomsburg, Pa.) finished first and second in the pole vault with marks of 3.95 meters and 3.65 meters.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Varonica Johnson 10th of 28 11.99
100 Meter Hurdles
Danielle Wheatley 17th of 22 15.12
Michaela Wilkins 6th of 24 55.65
400 Meter Hurdles
Danielle Wheatley 10th of 12 1:07.58
Emily Lipari 1st of 15 2:06.05 Stephanie Schappert 2nd 2:06.54 Angel Piccirillo 3rd 2:07.45 Nicky Akande 4th 2:07.48
4x400 Meter Relay
Villanova 3rd of 7 3:45.61
Samantha Yeats 1st of 9 1.76 Meters
Alexandra Wasik 1st of 6 3.95 Meters Virginia LaMacchia 2nd 3.65 Meters