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Alexandra Wasik Earns All-BIG EAST Honors with Runner-Up Finish in Pole Vault
Alexandra Wasik earns All-BIG EAST honors for the third time in her career with a second place finish in the pole vault on Saturday afternoon.

May 4, 2013

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - On the second day of the BIG EAST Championships sophomore Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) was the runner-up in the pole vault and junior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) had the fastest overall time in the preliminary heats of the 1500 meters. Their performances were among the highlights for Villanova at the Rutgers Track & Field Complex on Saturday afternoon.

Wasik cleared a height of 3.85 meters to earn All-BIG EAST honors for the third time in her career, and the first time outdoors. She has also finished second in the pole vault at the indoor conference meet in each of the last two years. All four of the Wildcats who competed in the pole vault scored team points, with Villanova netting a total of 13.5 points from the pole vault.

Freshman Virginia LaMacchia (Bloomsburg, Pa.) came in fifth out of 16 competitors with a height of 3.75 meters, while sophomore Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) and freshman Abigail Nolte (Branchburg, N.J.) each tied for seventh place with a mark of 3.65 meters. The conference champion in the pole vault was MacKenzie Fields of Cincinnati, who cleared 3.95 meters on her first try.

Even with the majority of team points to be awarded on Sunday when the finals of most running events take place, the Wildcats have already scored team points in four different events. Sophomore thrower Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) came in fifth in the javelin on Saturday with a distance of 44.12 meters and sophomore Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) tallied a fourth place finish in the heptathlon.



Petruzzellis scored a career high 4,919 points in the heptathlon and finished with a pair of strong performances in the last two events early Saturday afternoon. She recorded a throw of 33.72 meters in the javelin and posted a career best 800 meters times of 2:22.98, with both of those marks ranking second among the 10 heptathlon athletes. The fourth-place finish is three spots higher than Petruzzellis finished as a freshman last season.

Senior distance runner Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) had a time of 35:27.17 in the 10000 meters and scored two team points with a seventh place finish.

Villanova fared well in the preliminary heats of the running events which were held on Saturday and advanced eight athletes to the finals of their respective events. Seven of the eight runners advancing to the finals were automatic qualifiers based on their finish in today's heats.

Lipari had the fastest time in the 1500 meters out of 25 entries and crossed the finish line in 4:24.29. She comfortably won her heat by just over a second and the Wildcats will have four runners in the finals on Sunday afternoon. Senior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) came in fourth in the same heat as Lipari and had a time of 4:26.44.

Sophomore Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and freshman Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) came in third and fourth, respectively, in the second preliminary heat. Schappert crossed the finish line in 4:27.74 and Piccirillo was close on her heels in 4:27.86. They will be among the 12 competitors in tomorrow's final.

In the preliminaries of the 100 meter hurdles sophomore sprinter Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) won her heat and ranked third overall out of 19 entries. She recorded a personal best time of 13.58 in the process.

Junior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and freshman Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) are each moving on to the finals in the 800 meters. They each finished second in their respective heats on Saturday, with Akande registering a time of 2:06.19 in the second heat and Margey running to a time of 2:07.43 in the first heat.

Rounding out the list of Villanova qualifiers for the finals is sophomore Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.), who advanced on time in the preliminaries of the 400 meter hurdles. She ran a strong race and finished with a time of 1:00.53, which made her the runner-up by less than one-tenth of a second in the third and final preliminary heat. The winner of each heat plus the next five fastest times moved on to the final. Dismuke ranks fourth overall out of the eight finals qualifiers.

In addition to individual competition tomorrow the Wildcats will also run in the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x800 relay on the final day of the BIG EAST meet.


10000 Meters

Summer Cook             7th of 18              35:27.17        2 Points
Meghan Smith            15th                   36:52.57

Pole Vault

Alexandra Wasik         2nd of 16              3.85m           8 Points
Virginia LaMacchia      5th                    3.75m           4 Points
Kathleen McPhillips     tie-7th                3.65m           0.75 Points
Abigail Nolte           tie-7th                3.65m           0.75 Points


Jamie Klein             5th of 14              44.12m          4 Points
Katherine Petruzzellis  14th                   30.48m


Katherine Petruzzellis  4th of 10              4919 Points     5 Points
                     100 Meter Hurdles      5th             14.86
                        Shot Put               5th             11.33m
                        High Jump              tie-1st         1.69m
                        200 Meters             7th             26.85
                        Long Jump              7th             4.95m
                        Javelin                2nd             33.72m
                        800 Meters             2nd             2:22.98

100 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries)

Emerald Walden          3rd of 19              13.58           1st of 5 (Heat 1)

200 Meters (Preliminaries)

Varonica Johnson        16th of 29             24.21           3rd of 5 (Heat 2)

400 Meters (Preliminaries)

Michaela Wilkins        21st of 26             56.34           5th of 7 (Heat 2)

400 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries)

Faith Dismuke           4th of 20              1:00.53         2nd of 7 (Heat 3)
Mary Bohi               11th                   1:03.07         3rd of 7 (Heat 1)

800 Meters (Preliminaries)

Nicky Akande            3rd of 16              2:06.19         2nd of 8 (Heat 2)
Kelsey Margey           4th                    2:07.43         2nd of 8 (Heat 1)
Leanne Tucker           12th                   2:12.05         6th of 8 (Heat 2)

1500 Meters (Preliminaries)

Emily Lipari            1st of 25              4:24.29         1st of 12 (Heat 1)
Stephanie Schappert     6th                    4:27.74         3rd of 13 (Heat 2)
Ariann Neutts           7th                    4:26.44         4th of 12 (Heat 1)
Angel Piccirillo        8th                    4:27.86         4th of 13 (Heat 2)
Shannon Browne          23rd                   4:43.14         12th of 13 (Heat 2)