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Wildcats Record Four Top-8 Finishes at ECAC Championship
Samantha Francis came in fifth in the triple jump at the ECAC Championship and surpassed 12.5 meters for the second straight competition.

May 13, 2012

Complete ECAC Championship Results

PRINCETON, N.J.--Sophomore jumper Samantha Francis (Kingston, Jamaica) came in fifth in the triple jump and freshman sprinter Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) finished sixth in the 100 meter hurdles to lead four Villanova scorers in the top eight overall at the ECAC Championship, held from Friday through Sunday at Weaver Stadium on the Princeton campus.

Sophomore middle distance runner Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) came in seventh in the 800 meters and freshman distance runner Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.) placed third in the 10000 meters in an excellent finish. Overall the Wildcats had athletes competing in seven events at the ECAC meet during the weekend.

Lipari established new personal best times in the 800 meters in consecutive races and turned in a time of 2:07.77 in the finals to finish in seventh place. In the preliminaries her time of 2:08.45 ranked her fourth out of 33 runners and broke her previous personal best which had been set in high school.

In the 100 meter hurdles Walden improved her standing in the field in each of her races, moving from 11th place out of 27 hurdlers in the preliminary round to eventually place sixth in the finals. She registered a time of 14.40 in the preliminary heats, came in eighth out of 16 runners in the semifinals with a time of 14.06 and crossed the finish line in 14.13 in the finals.

Venables ran the 10000 meters for only the second time and finished in third place with a time of 35:26.85. She ran the event for the first time at the BIG EAST Championships last week and cut nearly 11 full seconds off her time in Friday night's race in the ECAC meet.



In the triple jump Francis registered another strong performance after previously winning the BIG EAST title in the event last week. At the ECAC meet she came in fifth out of 23 competitors with a distance of 12.51 meters. She has now surpassed a distance of 12.5 meters in each of her last two competitions and currently is ranked 42nd in the East region leading into the selections for the NCAA East Regional meet.

Other results at the ECAC Championship for Villanova included freshman Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.) placing 16th in the 400 meter hurdles, where her time of 1:01.74 was her second fastest mark of the season. In addition, senior Melissa Meggiolaro (Whippany, N.J.) tied for 11th place in the pole vault (3.68 meters) and freshman Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) placed 17th in the javelin (38.81 meters). Klein, who won the College section of the javelin at the Penn Relays last month, is currently ranked 26th in the East Region.

As a team the Wildcats scored 15 points at the ECAC Championship and finished 23rd in the team standings despite having only seven athletes compete. The team was coming off a successful BIG EAST Championships meet in which Villanova registered a number of very strong individual performances.


100 Meter Hurdles

Emerald Walden          11th of 27            14.40             Preliminaries
                        8th of 16             14.06             Semifinals
                        6th of 8              14.13             Finals

400 Meter Hurdles

Faith Dismuke           16th of 23            1:01.74           Preliminaries

800 Meters

Emily Lipari            4th of 33             2:08.45           Preliminaries
                        7th of 9              2:07.77           Finals

10000 Meters

Megan Venables          3rd of 24             35:26.85


Jamie Klein             17th of 26            38.81 Meters

Pole Vault

Melissa Meggiolaro      tie-11th of 13        3.68 Meters

Triple Jump

Samantha Francis        5th of 23             12.51 Meters

Team Standings

Villanova               23rd of 46            15 Points