July 26, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - The list of track All-Academic honorees was announced this week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and Villanova had six student-athletes be rewarded for their success in the classroom. In addition the Wildcats were named to the All-Academic Tea m for the program's overall academic success.
Villanova posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.23 for the 2012-13 academic year while continuing to shine in competition. Between the indoor and outdoor seasons the Wildcats had a total of six All-America selections.
The six student-athletes to earn All-Academic honors are senior distance runner Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.), freshman middle distance runner Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.), senior middle distance runner Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.), sophomore middle distance runner Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.), sophomore pole vaulter Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) and freshman sprinter Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.).
Cook qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 5000 meters during the outdoor season. She also scored team points for Villanova at the BIG EAST Championships in the 10000 meters. Cook competed in both the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters at the indoor conference meet, where she notched a fourth place finish in the 5000 meters. Cook, who also competed for four years on the Wildcats swimming & diving team, majored in Political Science.
Margey had a terrific freshman campaign and helped Villanova set an all-time collegiate record in the 4x800 meter relay, as the Wildcats won the Championship of America title in the event at the Penn Relays. Margey ran on the 4x800 relay at the BIG EAST Championships and Villanova defended its conference title. Individually, Margey was a BIG EAST scorer in the 800 meters both indoors and outdoors and went on to qualify for the NCAA East Regional. She is majoring in Sciences.
Neutts wrapped up a strong career for the Wildcats with another steady season of competition. She returned to the NCAA East Regional in the 1500 meters and also finished in ninth place at the BIG EAST Championships. Neutts graduated from Villanova as a Humanities major.
Schappert led off the 4x800 meter relay at both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST meets to help lead the Wildcats to a pair of championships while continuing their dominance in the event. She also finished fifth individually in the Mile at the conference meet and was fifth outdoors in the 1500 meters. Schappert advanced to the national quarterfinal round of the 1500 meters at the NCAA East Regional. She is majoring in Marketing.
Wasik was the runner-up in the pole vault at the BIG EAST Championships both indoors and outdoors, earning a pair of All-BIG EAST accolades for those performances. She also scored a second place finish outdoors at the ECAC Championship. Wasik cleared a height of 4.00 meters for the first time this year and achieved the feat during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. She registered a tie for 18th place finish in the pole vault at the NCAA East Regional. Wasik is majoring in Global Interdisciplinary Studies.
Wilkins ran the 400 meters leg of the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays and helped Villanova win its second straight Championship of America title. She had a strong individual campaign and finished second in the 500 meters at the indoor conference championships to earn All-BIG EAST honors. Outdoors, Wilkins finished seventh in the 400 meters at the ECAC Championship. She is majoring in Arts.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track & Field Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 in a relay event; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).
There were a total of 710 student-athletes to earn All-Academic honors and 187 teams selected to the All-Academic Team.