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Anna Francis
Anna  Francis

Brookhaven, N.Y.

High School:




Akande Leads Wildcats With Eighth Place Finish at Paul Short Run

Villanova placed two runners in the top 30 overall, finished seventh in team standings


Seven Runners Place in Top Eight Spots at Main Line Invitational

Nicky Akande is individual runner-up, posts Wildcats top time in season opener


Wildcats Ran Strong at Haverford Invitational

Neutts was individual runner-up to lead group of Villanova runners in local meet


Women's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

Villanova ran in the Paul Short Run during its first team meet of the 2012 season.


Villanova Women's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

Villanova competed at the Paul Short Run on September 30, 2011 at Lehigh.

On Francis: Brings great depth and versatility to the middle distance group ... Expected to continue making strides during the coming year ... Terrific competitor in all events.

2012 Cross Country: Competed at the season-opening Main Line Invitational and in the Open race at the Paul Short Run ... Finished with a time of 23:45 on the 6,000 meter course at the Paul Short meet ... Registered a three-mile time of 18:49.30 at the Main Line meet.

2012 Outdoor: Came in 16th out of 37 runners in the 800 meters (2:20.03) at the Big Five Invite to open the season.

2012 Indoor: Placed fifth in the 500 meters (1:18.74) at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational.

2011 Cross Country: Opened the season at the Main Line Invitational and came in 13th with a time of 19:15.24 on the three-mile course ... Came in 117th out of 341 runners in the Women's Open race at the Paul Short Run with a 6K time of 24:43 ... Came in 19th out of 77 at the Haverford Invitational.

2011 Outdoor: Came in first in her section of the 400 meters with a time of 58.48 at the Mason Spring Invitational ... Ran two races in the 800 meters and established a career-best time of 2:15.49 at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where she came in seventh in her section ... Placed sixth in her section at the Colonial Relays in 2:18.49.

2011 Indoor: Finished third in the 800 meters at the NYRR I meet, where she crossed the finish line in 2:16.00 ... Placed 17th at the NYRR II meet with a time of 2:17.84 ... Notched a fourth place finish in the 500 meters at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational, where her time was 1:17.92 ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the NYRR I meet and helped Villanova finish in first place with a time of 9:15.07.

2010 Cross Country: Redshirted.

2010 Outdoor: Redshirted.

2010 Indoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 800 meters and placed sixth in her heat with a then personal best time of 2:15.99 at the conference meet ... Earned her spot there with a time of 2:16.63 at the NYRR I meet, where she finished sixth ... Came in eighth in her heat of the event at the NYRR II meet ... Placed fifth in the 1000 meters (3:03.44) at the Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Fifth in her heat of the 500 meters at the Albany Great Dane Invitational ... Won her heat in the 500 meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational.

2009 Cross Country: Finished 60th overall at the Panorama Farms Invitational ... Registered a 6K time of 23:14 at the Paul Short Run, a career-best time for that distance ... Ran the three-mile course at Haverford College two times during the Haverford Invitational and the JV Meet, respectively ... Came in 29th at the season-opening Haverford meet and sixth in the JV Meet ... Had the better of her two times at the JV Meet with a mark of 18:55 for the three miles.

Personal: Born 6/17/91 ... Daughter of Thomas and Donna Francis ... Enrolled in the Honors program ... Also a double major in Biology and Psychology.


400 Meters              56.6            High School
500 Meters              1:17.92         2010 Jack Pyrah Invitational
800 Meters              2:15.49         2011 Larry Ellis Invitational
1000 Meters             3:03.44         2009 Jack Pyrah Invitational
6000 Meters (XC)        23:14           2009 Paul Short Run


BIG EAST Academic All-Star              2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12