Dec. 7, 2013
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.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
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
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
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
Victoria Profit 1st of 7 1.61m
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
Anne Yahiro 4th of 19 5.33m Ekiah Lewis 7th 5.22m
Anne Yahiro 2nd of 12 11.94m Victoria Profit 3rd 11.59m
Kristen Erickson 5th of 8 10.87m Alita Ostapkovich 6th 10.50m
Alita Ostapkovich 1st of 5 14.84m Claudia Tishler 4th 10.34m Hannah Lee 5th 8.87m