NEW ORLEANS--Seven members of the Villanova women's track & field team were named to the national All-Academic Team announced on Friday afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The honorees included sophomore Bella Burda (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), sophomore Sammy Bockoven (Hudson, Ohio), sophomore Kaley Ciluffo (LeClaire, Iowa), junior Siofra Cleirigh Buttner (Dublin, Ireland), sophomore Nicole Hutchinson (West Vancouver, B.C.), freshman Amari Onque-Shabazz (Plainfield, N.J.), senior Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) and freshman Trudy-Ann Williamson (Kingston, Jamaica). In addition, the Wildcats were named an All-Academic Team for having a grade-point average above a 3.0 for the 2016-17 academic year.
Student-athletes are named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for having a GPA of 3.25 or higher and meeting one of two 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 the preliminary round.
The eight student-athletes named to the All-Academic Team were among Villanova's top performers in 2016-17. As a group, they combined for seven All-America honors and 14 BIG EAST titles while earning a total of 22 All-BIG EAST honors. Cleirigh Buttner and Hutchinson were All-Americans both indoors and outdoors, while Bockoven, Ciluffo and Onque-Shabazz each ran legs of the Wildcats second team All-American distance medley relay indoors. Seven of the eight student-athletes won at least one BIG EAST title either individually or on a relay.
Below are profiles of each of the eight student-athletes named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.
Note: The USTFCCCA All-Academic Team announced on Friday afternoon only includes the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. All-Academic Team honors for cross country were announced in a previous release.
Ranked 25th on the national indoor qualifying list in the Mile (4:38.27) ... Second team All-American as part of the Wildcats distance medley relay ... Part of the team's BIG EAST champion 4x800 meter relay ... All-BIG EAST in the Mile
Ranked 48th on the national indoor qualifying list in the 3000 meters (9:20.15) and was 67th on the 5000 meters qualifying list (16:19.40) ... earned All-BIG EAST honors in both events indoors ... was the BIG EAST champion in the 5000 meters outdoors
Ranked 42nd on the national indoor qualifying list in the 800 meters (2:06.81) and was ranked 85th in the Mile (4:43.83) ... Second team All-American as part of the Wildcats distance medley relay ... Part of BIG EAST titles indoors in the DMR and the 4x800 meter relay, including a memorable anchor leg in the 4x800 relay ... Earned indoor All-BIG EAST honors individually in the 800 meters ... All-BIG EAST outdoors in the 4x800 relay
Siofra Cleirigh Buttner
Ranked fifth on the national indoor qualifying list in the Mile (4:33.16) and also ranked sixth in the 800 meters (2:02.97) ... Her mark in the 800 meters is the indoor school record ... First team All-American in the Mile ... BIG EAST champion in the 800 meters and also anchored the Wildcats to a conference crown in the 4x400 meter relay ... Honorable mention All-American outdoors in the 800 meters ... BIG EAST outdoor champion in the 1500 meters and anchored another conference championship in the 4x400 relay
Ranked seventh on the national indoor qualifying list in the Mile (4:33.46) and was also 19th in the 3000 meters (9:09.59) ... Second team All-American in the Mile ... BIG EAST champion in the 3000 meters in addition to anchoring a conference title in the distance medley relay ... Honorable mention All-American outdoors in the 1500 meters ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors outdoors in the 1500 meters and as part of the team's 4x800 meter relay
Second team All-American indoors as part of the Wildcats distance medley relay team ... Helped Villanova win BIG EAST titles in the 4x400 meter relay both indoors and outdoors ... Earned individual All-BIG EAST honors outdoors in the 400 meters
Competed in the 1500 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary and advanced to the national quarterfinal round ... BIG EAST champion outdoors in the 800 meters for the second time in her career, and was a part of the Wildcats conference title in the 4x400 meter relay
Broke the school record in the 60 meters in just her second collegiate competition ... Recorded the new Villanova standard of 7.41 in a first place finish at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Equaled the previous school record of 7.57 in the preliminary heats of that meet ... Recorded a season-best time of 24.66 in the 200 meters and was the runner-up at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Missed the end of the indoor season and the outdoor season while recovering from an injury