May 13, 2013
PRINCETON, N.J. - Led by strong performances from sophomore sprinter Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and junior Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) in the high jump Villanova totaled 36 team points in two days at the ECAC Championship despite having only a selection of its athletes in competition. The regional meet wrapped up at Weaver Stadium on the Princeton campus on Sunday afternoon and the Wildcats tied for sixth place out of 54 teams that registered at least one point.
Walden was the runner-up in the 100 meter hurdles after posting a time of 13.69 in Sunday's final. She had advanced through preliminary and semifinal heats a day earlier and had the third-fastest time in the field in each of her first two races. She beat that by one spot with a strong showing in the final.
Villanova received two-thirds of its points in the meet from the trio of Walden, Yeats and sophomore Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio), who finished second in the pole vault on Saturday afternoon. Walden and Yeats each produced runner-up finishes in their respective events on Sunday, with Yeats doing so by way of a career best performance.
Yeats cleared a height of 1.79 meters in the high jump to come in second out of 23 competitors. Her previous career best had been 1.78 meters on several occasions and she was one of three athletes who succeeded at the height of 1.79 meters in Sunday's competition. Natasha McLaren of Connecticut cleared the height on her second effort, while Yeats and Amina Smith of Maryland were both successful on their third and final tries.
In the other running events on Sunday afternoon senior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) came in fourth in the 1500 meters, sophomore Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) placed fifth in the 800 meters and freshman Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.) took seventh place in the 400 meters.
Neutts recorded a time of 4:26.29 in the 1500 meters and finished fourth out of seven competitors in the final. She was just 1.6 seconds off the winning pace in a tight race and finished three spots higher than where she ranked in the preliminary heats.
In the final of the 800 meters Schappert recorded a time of 2:08.81 and came in fifth. She too moved up a spot from her overall place in the preliminary heats, as did Wilkins in the 400 meters. Wilkins tallied a time of 55.08 in the 400 meters final.
Members of the Wildcats will be in action on Monday night at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, which will be held at Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Stadium on the Widener campus.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
100 Meter Hurdles (Final)
Emerald Walden 2nd of 7 13.69
400 Meters (Final)
Michaela Wilkins 7th of 8 55.08
800 Meters (Final)
Stephanie Schappert 5th of 8 2:08.81
1500 Meters (Final)
Ariann Neutts 4th of 7 4:26.29
Samantha Yeats 2nd of 23 1.79 Meters Katherine Petruzzellis tie-15th 1.66 Meters