April 20, 2012
PRINCETON, N.J.--Sophomore middle distance runner Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) ran a personal best time of 2:06.09 in the 800 meters and headlined an excellent night of competition for Villanova in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Weaver Stadium on Friday night. Five runners competed for the Wildcats in the 800 meters and three more ran in the 5000 meters.
Akande registered one of the top times of the season among BIG EAST athletes and finished third overall out of 60 entries in the 800 meters. She continued to show the form that has led her to an already successful season and ran a personal best time for the second time in the past three weeks.
Senior Erin Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.) registered a personal best time of 2:12.06 and finished 24th overall while placing second in her individual section. In the fifth heat of the 800 meters she finished as the runner-up by a mere one-tenth of a second and crossed the finish line nearly two-tenths of a second faster than the time she ran last weekend.
The other finishers for Villanova were freshman Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.), freshman Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) and junior Shannon Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.). Schappert came in 28th overall (2:13.20) and was eighth in the first heat that also featured Akande, while Tucker and Browne came in 31st (2:13.40) and 39th (2:14.62), respectively.
In the 5000 meters freshman Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.) posted a time of 17:05.54 and came in 19th out of a total of 98 entries. Junior Meghan Smith (Newark, Del.) placed 34th in a personal best time of 17:20.35 and senior Callie Hogan (Bay Shore, N.Y.) registered a time of 17:36.23 to finish 53rd overall.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Nicky Akande 3rd of 60 2:06.09 Erin Ryan 24th 2:12.06 Stephanie Schappert 28th 2:13.20 Leanne Tucker 31st 2:13.40 Shannon Browne 39th 2:14.62
Megan Venables 19th of 98 17:05.54 Meghan Smith 34th 17:20.35 Callie Hogan 53rd 17:36.23