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Wildcats Win Five Events at Jack Pyrah Invitational
Mary Bohi won the 500 meters and ran a leg on the 4x400 meter relay at the Jack Pyrah Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Dec. 7, 2013

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HAVERFORD, Pa. - In the first meet of the indoor track & field season Villanova hosted the Jack Pyrah Invitational and came away five first-place finishes at Alumni Field House on Saturday afternoon. Junior Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) and senior Mary Bohi (Shamong, N.J.) won the 60 meter hurdles and the 500 meters, respectively, while the Wildcats also won three field events.

Senior Victoria Profit (Nissequogue, N.Y.) won the high jump for Villanova, while junior Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) and sophomore Alita Ostapkovich (Bensalem, Pa.) captured the pole vault and the weight throw, respectively.

This is the 11th straight year that the Wildcats hosted the Jack Pyrah meet, which is named after the longtime Villanova coach. A bench in Jack Pyrah's honor was dedicated in Villanova Stadium in 2010 to commemorate the memorial fund that bears his name reaching $100,000 in donations. A total of nine local teams, including the Wildcats, competed in Saturday's meet.

Ostapkovich set a personal best in the weight throw with a distance of 14.84 meters. She was also sixth in the shot put with a throw of 10.50 meters. Freshman Kristen Erickson (Princeton, Mass.) came in fifth in the shot put with a personal best mark of 10.87 meters in her collegiate debut. Profit won the high jump with a height of 1.61 meters and also set a personal best in the triple jump, finishing third with a mark of 11.59 meters.

Sophomore Anne Yahiro (Downers Grove, Ill.) also looked strong in the jumps, placing second in the triple jump (11.94m) and fourth in the long jump with a personal best distance of 5.33 meters.

Villanova had five athletes competing in the pole vault and Wasik led the way with a height of 3.85 meters. Junior Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) and sophomore Virginia LaMacchia (Bloomsburg, Pa.) finished second and third, respectively, as each cleared a height of 3.75 meters.

In the running events Bohi led a one-two finish for the Wildcats in the 500 meters. She crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 1:18.23 to lead a field of eight runners. Freshman Veronica Scott (Plymouth, N.H.) was the runner-up in 1:18.95.

Walden won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.73 and also ran in the 300 meters, where she came in 12th with a time of 42.80. Junior Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) also ran well for Villanova, coming in second in the 60 meters (7.67) and third in the 300 meters (40.38). Freshman Alexandra Russo (Bellport, N.Y.) finished third in the Mile (5:10.38).

The next meet for the Wildcats is the Gotham Cup at the New York Armory on January 10.


60 Meters

Varonica Johnson             2nd of 30             7.67
Ekiah Lewis                  5th                   8.02
Kalissa Caesar               6th                   8.05
Emma Biggs                   9th                   8.17
Timaya Forehand              13th                  8.26

60 Meter Hurdles

Emerald Walden               1st of 14             8.73
Danielle Wheatley            5th                   9.33

300 Meters

Varonica Johnson             3rd of 32             40.38
Emma Biggs                   9th                   42.67
Emerald Walden               12th                  42.80
Kalissa Caesar               13th                  42.86
Timaya Forehand              19th                  44.71

500 Meters

Mary Bohi                    1st of 8              1:18.23
Veronica Scott               2nd                   1:18.95


Alexandra Russo              3rd of 17             5:10.38
Leanne Tucker                9th                   5:29.80

4x400 Meter Relay

Villanova                    3rd of 6              4:06.69
Mary Bohi
Emma Biggs
Veronica Scott
Alexandra Russo

High Jump

Victoria Profit              1st of 7              1.61m

Pole Vault

Alexandra Wasik              1st of 6              3.85m
Kathleen McPhillips          2nd                   3.75m
Virginia LaMacchia           3rd                   3.75m
Abigail Nolte                4th                   3.65m
Alexandra Elder              6th                   3.20m

Long Jump

Anne Yahiro                  4th of 19             5.33m
Ekiah Lewis                  7th                   5.22m

Triple Jump

Anne Yahiro                  2nd of 12             11.94m
Victoria Profit              3rd                   11.59m

Shot Put

Kristen Erickson             5th of 8              10.87m
Alita Ostapkovich            6th                   10.50m

Weight Throw

Alita Ostapkovich            1st of 5              14.84m
Claudia Tishler              4th                   10.34m
Hannah Lee                   5th                   8.87m