April 25, 2013
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - When competition got underway in the 119th Penn Relays at Franklin Field on Thursday morning great results for Villanova starting coming in right away. Junior Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) won the college section of the high jump and sophomore sprinter Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.) came in fifth in the 400 meter hurdles with a fastest time by a Wildcats runner in more than six years.
Yeats came in first out of 15 competitors in her section of the high jump and tied her career best mark by clearing 1.78 meters on her final jump. This is the third time outdoors that Yeats has registered a height of 1.78 meters, as she matched her efforts from the Hurricane Alumni Invitational at Miami both earlier this month as well as last year at the same meet.
Only the top three finishers in the high jump cleared 1.75 meters, which Yeats did on her second try. She then cleared 1.78 meters on her third and final try to register the outright win.
"I have always wanted to win at Penn so this is very special," Yeats said. "I felt really good at the start of competition today. My curve was on and I was getting away from the bar which is what we have been working on in practice."
Dismuke recorded a career best time of 59.31 in the 400 meter hurdles. She won her heat and had the fifth-best time out of 62 competitors. Dismuke is the first Villanova runner to break the one minute mark in the 400 meter hurdles since Kristen Mahon did so at the BIG EAST Championships in 2009, and her time is the fastest by a Wildcats runner since Monique Morgan had a time of 59.21 at the Walt Disney World Invitational on March 23, 2007.
Later on Thursday night senior Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) had a strong race in the championship section of the 3000 meters. She came in third in her race with a career best time of 9:28.85.
Villanova also had athletes competing in the javelin and the pole vault on Thursday. Sophomore Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) came in sixth in the championship section of the javelin with a season-best throw of 45.40 meters, while sophomore Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) also set a season-best mark with a height of 3.90 meters in the championship section of the pole vault.
In the college section of the pole vault sophomore Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) tied for 13th place with a height of 3.65 meters, while freshman Virginia LaMacchia (Bloomsburg, Pa.) was tied for 19th place with a mark of 3.50 meters.