April 27, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--In a full day of action to kick off the 118th Penn Relays the Villanova women's track & field team competed in six events on Thursday at Franklin Field, with a Championship of America title in the distance medley relay headlining the day's events. Below is a look at each of the events that the Wildcats competed in on Thursday.
DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY
Led by a lineup that featured sophomore Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.), senior Christie Verdier (Baldwin, N.Y.), sophomore Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) the Wildcats won their first Championship of America title since 2006. Read a full recap of the championship in the DMR by clicking here.
Freshman thrower Jamie Klein (Hawthorne, N.J.) won the College section of the javelin with a season-best distance of 45.10 meters. She took first out of 29 athletes in that section and notched her first throw of the season beyond 45 meters. Klein has already qualified for the BIG EAST and ECAC postseason meets.
Sophomore Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) competed in the College section of the high jump and tied for fourth place out of 23 competitors in her section. She cleared a height of 1.75 meters on her third and final try at that height and has now reached or surpassed that height in three consecutive meets and a total of four times during the outdoor season.
In the Championship section of the pole vault freshman Alexdandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) registered her second best mark of the year while tying for sixth place out of 10 competitors. A late addition to the Championship section of the event, Wasik cleared 3.90 meters. She started at 3.70 meters and cleared that height, as well as 3.80 meters and 3.90 meters, on her first try.
Senior Melissa Meggiolaro (Whippany, N.J.) competed in the College section of the pole vault and registered a height of 3.50 meters to finish in a tie for 13th place out of the 23 athletes in her section. In the progression of heights during the competition Meggiolaro cleared 3.35 meters and 3.50 meters on her first try.
The last event that Villanova competed in on Thursday was the 3000 meters championship. Freshman Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) ran for the Wildcats and posted a time of 9:35.02 in a successful race. Chapman was less than four seconds away from a career best that she established earlier this season and tonight finished in eighth place out of 24 runners in her section.