June 12, 2014
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Junior middle distance runner Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and junior pole vaulter Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) were each among 10 women's track student-athletes named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team in an announcement made on Thursday morning. The recognition comes as a result of accomplishments both in the classroom and during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
The criteria to be a member of the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team includes a student-athlete maintaining a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade-point average, being in at least their second year of athletic competition, and also being a key contributor to his or her team.
Schappert is a two-time selection to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and will receive that distinction for a third time when the 2013-14 honorees are announced. She also earned a spot on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team as a sophomore last year. Schappert is enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and is majoring in Marketing.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Schappert set personal bests in both the Mile indoors and the 800 meters outdoors. She ran a time of 4:36.40 in the Mile at the Boston University Last Chance Meet and went on to be a second team All-American in the event. Schappert was also a part of BIG EAST champions in the 4x800 meter relay both indoors and outdoors for the third consecutive season and helped Villanova sweep the team titles at the indoor and outdoor conference championships.
The outdoor season saw Schappert run a personal best time of 2:06.54 in the 800 meters at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational. She was also a qualifier for the NCAA East Preliminary in the 1500 meters and advanced to the national quarterfinals in the event. Schappert also led off the distance medley relay and the 4x1500 meter relay as the Wildcats captured Championship of America titles in both events at the Penn Relays.
Wasik has been a member of both the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team in each of her first two collegiate seasons. She is a double major in Global Interdisciplinary Studies and Economics.
At the NCAA East Preliminary two weeks ago Wasik set a school record with a height of 4.15 meters in the pole vault. She broke her own school mark of 4.12 meters which she had set at the Mason Last Chance Meet at the end of the indoor season. Wasik also contributed to the Villanova titles at the BIG EAST Championships by winning the individual titles in the pole vault both indoors and outdoors. She is the Wildcats first athlete to win a conference title in the pole vault.
Wasik is now a five-time All-BIG EAST performer in the pole vault and has qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary for three straight years. Her school-record mark of 4.15 meters at this year's meet was good for 13th place among the 48 qualifiers for the preliminary round of the national championships.
Erica Szpynda from Widener was named the Women's Track & Field Academic All-Area Performer of the Year. The rest of the Academic All-Area Team included Rachel Heisler from Widener, Katie Jo McMenamin and Liz Tawa (Swarthmore), Katie Pratt and Emma Slattery (Saint Joseph's), Alexis Maylor (Delaware Valley) and Jessalyn Wright (Rowan).