May 5, 2012
Freshman distance runner Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.) made her collegiate debut in the 10000 meters a successful one, placing sixth in the event at the BIG EAST Championships at the USF Track & Field Stadium on Friday night. She earned three team points for Villanova on the first of three days of competition this weekend.
Venables registered a time of 35:37.48 in the 10000 meters after previously running the 5000 meters twice this spring leading up to the conference meet. She and junior Meghan Smith (Newark, Del.) each ran in the event for the Wildcats, with Smith crossing the finish line 14th in 37:37.45. She was also debuting in the 10000 meters with Friday night's race.
On the first day of the BIG EAST Championships freshman Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) was also in action in the start of the heptathlon. The first four events of the heptathlon were contested on Friday and out of those four events Petruzzellis recorded her best finish in the high jump, where she tied for third place in a field of 13 competitors.
Petruzzellis established a new personal best with a height of 1.66 meters in the high jump, surpassing her mark of 1.65 meters from the Colonial Relays last month. She also registered times of 15.04 and 26.53 in the 100 meter hurdles and the 200 meters, respectively, and threw for a distance of 9.60 meters in the shot put.
Saturday is a full day of action in the conference meet, with field events taking place throughout the afternoon and running events getting underway starting at 4:30 p.m.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
Heptathlon No. 1: 100 Meter Hurdles
Katherine Petruzzellis 8th of 13 15.04
Heptathlon No. 4: 200 Meters
Katherine Petruzzellis 10th of 12 26.53
Heptathlon No. 3: High Jump
Katherine Petruzzellis tie-3rd of 12 1.66 Meters
Heptathlon No. 2: Shot Put
Katherine Petruzzellis 10th of 12 9.60 Meters
Megan Venables 6th of 14 35:37.48 Meghan Smith 14th of 14 37:37.45