May 11, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - Freshman Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) ran a personal best time of 4:17.14 in the preliminary heats of the 1500 meters at the ECAC Championship on Saturday afternoon at Weaver Stadium, where Villanova advanced five runners to the finals of their respective events. Margey had the fastest time out of 22 total entries in the preliminaries of the 1500 meters and beat her previous top time by more than five seconds. Also faring well for the Wildcats was sophomore Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio), who was the runner-up in the pole vault with a height of 3.91 meters.
Margey and seniors Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) and Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) all ran in the 1500 meters, with Margey and Neutts each automatically qualifying for the finals tomorrow by finishing in the top three of their respective heat. Margey ran in the second of three heats and won her heat by more than 5.5 seconds, while Neutts came in third in the first heat with a time of 4:23.09. Cook posted a time of 4:32.31 and came in sixth in her heat.
Sophomore Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) advanced through the preliminaries and the semifinals in the 100 meter hurdles. She won her preliminary heat with a time of 13.81 and then was second in her semifinal heat, crossing the finish line in 13.90. Walden ranked third overall out of 29 competitors in the preliminaries and was fourth out of the 16 entries in the semifinals.
The other two qualifiers for the finals for Villanova are sophomore Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) in the 800 meters and freshman Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.) in the 400 meters. Schappert came in second in her preliminary heat of the 800 meters with a time of 2:07.95, putting her less than a second off her personal best in the event. She garnered an automatic spot in the finals by finishing in the top two of her respective heat.
Wilkins advanced on time in the preliminaries of the 400 meters. Her time of 54.76 is a new personal best and put her fourth out of seven in the fourth and final preliminary heat. She ranked eighth out of 22 athletes overall in the 800 meters, with the winner of each heat and the next four fastest times moving on to the final.
Sophomore Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) competed in the 200 meters and came in fifth in her preliminary heat with a time of 24.41.
In the field events Wasik led three Wildcats that competed in the pole vault. She and Tory Worthen of Princeton each cleared 3.91 meters, with Worthen doing so on fewer tries than Wasik to take first place. Freshman Abigail Nolte (Branchburg, N.J.) and sophomore Kathleem McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) finished eighth and ninth, respectively. They each cleared 3.66 meters.
Sophomore Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) competed in the javelin and came in 18th out of 26 competitors with a mark of 39.03 meters.
Tomorrow afternoon Villanova gets started at 12:15 p.m. with the final in the 1500 meters, while the final event of the day for the Wildcats will be the final in the 800 meters at 1:35 p.m. In addition to the four running events tomorrow Villanova will also have junior Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) and sophomore Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) competing in the high jump.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
100 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries)
Emerald Walden 3rd of 29 13.81 1st of 8 (Heat 3/4)
100 Meter Hurdles (Semifinals)
Emerald Walden 4th of 15 13.90 2nd of 8 (Heat 2/2)
200 Meters (Prelininaries)
Varonica Johnson 16th of 30 24.41 5th of 7 (Heat 5/5)
400 Meters (Preliminaries)
Michaela Wilkins 8th of 22 54.76 4th of 7 (Heat 4/4)
800 Meters (Preliminaries)
Stephanie Schappert 6th of 25 2:07.95 2nd of 9 (Heat 1/3)
1500 Meters (Preliminaries)
Kelsey Margey 1st of 22 4:17.14 1st of 8 (Heat 2/3) Ariann Neutts 7th 4:23.09 3rd of 9 (Heat 1/3) Summer Cook 17th 4:32.31 6th of 8 (Heat 2/3)
Jamie Klein 18th of 26 39.03 Meters
Alexandra Wasik 2nd of 9 3.91 Meters Abigail Nolte 8th 3.66 Meters Kathleen McPhillips 9th 3.66 Meters