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Maria Seykora
Maria  Seykora

Hometown:
Broomall, Pa.

High School:
Academy of Notre Dame de Namur

Last College:
Princeton

Birthdate:
04/27/1994

Experience:
Gr./Sr.

11/14/2017

Women's Cross Country at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

Villanova earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships at the Mid-Atlantic Regional on November 10, 2017.

09/15/2017

Women's Cross Country -- Main Line Invitational

Villanova opened the 2017 season by winning the Main Line Invitational on September 15, 2017.

On Seykora: Transfer from Princeton who completed her undergraduate degree while competing for the Tigers cross country and track & field programs ... Pursuing a graduate degree at Villanova and has one season of remaining cross country eligibility ... Competes in the middle distance events and cross country.

2017 Cross Country: Competed in five races during the season and was a part of the Wildcats lineup for both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Came in 36th out of 193 runners at the regional meet, where her time of 21:00.3 on the 6,000 meter course was a personal best ... Tallied a 21st place finish with a time of 21:14.5 at the BIG EAST meet ... Opened the season with an 11th place finish over three miles (17:36.0) at the Main Line Invitational ... Finished with a time of 21:08.9 at the Paul Short Run and came in 39th (21:19.0) at the Penn State National Open.

2017 Outdoor: Competed at five meets during the year ... Ran in the 1500 meters at the Ivy League Championships and posted a time of 4:45.34 in the preliminary heats ... Tallied a season-best time of 4:31.77 in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational to notch a 20th place finish in her section ... Also ran the 800 meters at the Larry Ellis meet and finished 25th in her section with a time of 2:18.00 ... Opened the season by running the 1500 meters in 4:51.81 to finish in sixth place at the Mark Young Invite ... Came in ninth in the 1500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational (4:35.31) ... Posted an 11th place finish with a time of 4:32.62 at the Army West Point Twilight Meet.

2016-17 Indoor: Competed for the first time since the 2015 outdoor season and raced in the Mile at four meets during the season ... Tallied a first place finish at the Princeton Invitational with a time of 5:02.00 ... Her top time of the season was 4:59.70 and came in a 33rd place finish at the FastTrack National Invite ... Came in fourth at the Metro Season Opener (5:07.41) and 13th at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet (5:06.96).

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY (2012-17)

2016 Cross Country: Did not compete at any meets.

2016 Outdoor: Redshirted.

2016 Indoor: Redshirted.

2015 Cross Country: Redshirted.

2015 Outdoor: Competed at six different meets during the season ... Began the year at the Disney Track & Field Open, where she finished third in the 800 meters with a time of 2:17.16 and also ran a leg of the 4x1500 meter relay on a team that finished third with a time of 19:14.04 ... Came in 10th in the 800 meters with a time of 2:22.72 and also finished with a time of 4:50.00 in the 1500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational ... Recorded a time of 4:42.84 in the 1500 meters at the Princeton Quad Meet and also ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay which finished in third place with a time of 4:00.74 ... Posted times of 2:20.01 in the 800 meters and 4:36.16 in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Raced to a sixth place finish in the 800 meters (2:15.71) at the Lions Invitational ... Finished 14th in the 1500 meters (4:40.61) at the Princeton Open.

2015 Indoor: Competed at three meets during the year ... Recorded a personal best time of 2:56.79 in the 1000 meters in a 14th place finish at the Armory Track Invitational ... Ran the 800 meters individually and was also part of the 4x400 meter relay lineup at the Sykes & Sabock meet at Penn State ... Posted a time of 2:24.26 in the 800 meters and helped her 4x400 relay squad finish 14th with a time of 4:02.46 ... Finished seventh in the 1000 meters in 2:59.08 at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet ... Also ran a leg of the 4x800 yard relay (two mile relay) at that meet, helping the Tigers finish third with a time of 9:25.05.

2014 Cross Country: Ran in four races during the season ... Was a part of Princeton's lineup for both the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and the Ivy League Championships ... Posted a season-best time of 21:28.4 over 6,000 meters at the Ivy League meet to notch a 25th place finish ... Posted a time of 22:23.1 and came in 83rd overall at the NCAA regional ... Earlier in the year had run a time of 22:06.6 at the Pre-NCAA meet ... Opened the season at the Notre Dame Invitational and recorded a time of 17:28.3 on the 5,000 meter course.

2014 Outdoor: Advanced to the final of the 1500 meters at the Ivy League Championships ... Came in ninth in the final with a time of 4:33.72 after ranking 10th with a season-best mark of 4:33.01 in the preliminary heats one day earlier ... Also ran the 1500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational (4:41.43), the Larry Ellis Invitational (4:36.13) and the Lions Invitational (4:53.67) ... Recorded times of 2:14.87 and 2:15.51 in the 800 meters at the Princeton Elite Meet ... Came in 10th in the 800 meters at hthe Larry Ellis Invitational (2:15.65) ... Finished 16th in the 800 meters (2:23.27) and helped the 4x400 meter relay team post a time of 4:00.47 in a fifth place finish at the Princeton Quad Meet ... Ran the 800 meters in 2:16.67 at the Sam Howell Invitational ... Was a part of three relay teams at the Disney Track & Field Open ... Ran legs of the runner-up distance medley relay (12:01.83) and the 4x1500 meter relay (19:26.65), as well as the third place 4x800 meter relay (9:07.25).

2014 Indoor: Ran the 800 meters at the Ivy League Championships and finished with a time of 2:22.42 in the preliminary heats ... Her top time of the season in the 800 meters was 2:14.84 in a 10th place finish at the Sykes & Sabock meet at Penn State ... Opened the season at the Tiger Open, where she ran a leg of the 4x400 meter relay which finished ninth with a time of 4:11.42 ... Recorded a time of 5:04.62 in the Mile at the Lions Invitational ... Ran in the 800 meters at both the Princeton Invitational (2:17.23) and the Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet (2:23.91).

2013 Cross Country:
 Tallied a 26th place finish with a time of 23:32.9 over 6,000 meters at the Delaware Invitational in her only race of the season.

2013 Outdoor: Competed in three meets during the season ... Ran the 1500 meters in a time of 4:50.95 and also helped the 4x400 meter relay squad finish 10th with a time of 4:01.65 at the Sam Howell Invitational ... Posted a time of 4:52.23 in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Ran the 800 meters in 2:20.77 at the Lions Invitational.

2013 Indoor: Ran the Mile at the Princeton Women's Quad and finished fourth with a time of 5:06.30.

2012 Cross Country: Competed in three races during the season ... Made her collegiate debut at the Paul Short Run, finishing 43rd in the Brown race with a time of 23:04.6 over 6,000 meters ... Had a season-best time of 22:25.1 in a 32nd place finish at the Princeton Invitational ... Competed at the Ivy League Championships and had a time of 22:39.5.

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Earned four varsity letters each in cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field ... Was an All-American as part of her team's distance medley relay in 2012 ... Garnered All-Northeast honors at the Footlocker Northeast Regional in cross country in 2011 ... Six-time all-state performer combining the cross country, indoor and outdoor seasons ... Earned All-Delaware County, All-Main Line and All-InterAc League honors in cross country and track & field all four years ... Named the Delaware County Girls Track Runner of the Year in 2012 ... Recipient of the InterAc League Athletic Directors' Award in 2012.

Personal: Born 4/27/94 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... One of five children of John and Janet Seykora ... Siblings are Thomas, Katrina, Teresa and Francesca ... Enjoys playing the piano ... Graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a certificate in Italian Language and Culture ... Enrolled in graduate school at Villanova and is pursing a degree in Classical Studies ... Chose to run for the Wildcats because of the outstanding reputation of the track & field and cross country programs.

PERSONAL BESTS (Track)

800 Meters                       2:12.11                   High School 
1000 Meters                      2:56.79                   2015 Armory Track Invitational
1500 Meters                      4:31.77                   2017 Larry Ellis Invitational
Mile                             4:52.44                   High School
3000 Meters                      10:09.96                  High School
5000 Meters (road)               17:13                     High School 

PERSONAL BESTS (Cross Country)

3 Miles                          17:36.0                   2017 Main Line Invitational
5000 Meters 17:28.3 2014 Notre Dame Invitational
6000 Meters 21:00.3 2017 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

Schedule