Alexandra Wasik and Samantha Yeats Post Strong Finishes at NCAA East Regional
May 25, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - On the second day of competition at the NCAA East Regional junior Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) and sophomore Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) registered strong performances in the high jump and the pole vault, respectively, at Aggie Stadium on Friday night. Yeats tied for 13th place in the high jump and Wasik tied for 18th place in the pole vault. Sophomore Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and freshman Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) were also in competition for the Wildcats on Saturday evening in the 100 meter hurdles and the 800 meters, respectively.
Yeats cleared heights of 1.67, 1.72 and 1.77 meters and succeeded on her first try at each of those heights. That put her in fourth place out of the 24 competitors in her individual flight and 13th overall out of 48 athletes that qualified for the regional meet. Yeats missed on three attempts at 1.81 meters but nevertheless finishes up a strong season which saw her win the College section of the high jump at the Penn Relays as well as record a top-eight finish at the BIG EAST Championships for the second straight year.
In the pole vault Wasik matched a career best by clearing a height of 4.00 meters. She first made successful attempts at 3.70 and 3.85 meters and then cleared 4.00 meters on her third and final try. She was tied for fifth place out of 24 entries in her individual flight and was eliminated when the bar was set at 4.10 meters. Wasik earned All-BIG EAST honors at the conference meet earlier this month, marking her first such honor during the outdoor season and her third All-BIG EAST performance overall.
Piccirillo competed in the national quarterfinal round of the 800 meters after advancing from the first round last night. She recorded a time of 2:12.62 and came in eighth in the third of three quarterfinal heats.
In the national first round of the 100 meter hurdles Walden tallied a seventh place finish in the second of six heats. She recorded a time of 13.75 and ranked 38th overall out of 48 entries in the first round.
Villanova will have entries in three events on Saturday, when regional action concludes. Sophomore Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) competes in the javelin beginning at Noon and senior Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) races in the national semifinals of the 5000 meters at 8:05 p.m. In between those events junior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and sophomore Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) will run in the national quarterfinals of the 1500 meters starting at 6:45 p.m. Lipari and Schappert are each in the first of two heats that will be run.
VILLANOVA FRIDAY SCHEDULE
100 Meter Hurdles - National First Round
Emerald Walden 38th of 48 13.75 7th of 8 (Heat 2/6)
Alexandra Wasik tie-18th of 48 4.00 Meters tie-5th of 24 (Flight 1/2)
Samantha Yeats tie-13th of 48 1.77 Meters 4th of 24 (Flight 2/2)
800 Meters - National Quarterfinals
Angel Piccirillo 23rd of 24 2:12.62 8th of 8 (Heat 3)
VILLANOVA SATURDAY SCHEDULE
12:00 PM Jamie Klein
1500 Meters - National Quarterfinals
6:30 PM Emily Lipari Stephanie Schappert
5000 Meters - National Semifinals
8:05 PM Summer Cook