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Megan Venables
Megan  Venables

Laurel Springs, N.J.

High School:
Highland Regional




Lipari Leads Villanova With 25th Place Finish at NCAA Championships

Wildcats place 20th as a team, finish two spots higher than pre-race ranking


Nicky Akande is Mid-Atlantic Region Individual Champion

Akande and Lipari come in first and third, respectively; Villanova is third as a team


Women's Cross Country Runs at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional on Friday Afternoon

Wildcats look to continue building momentum after strong effort at BIG EAST meet


Emily Lipari Wins First Career BIG EAST Cross Country Individual Title

Villanova junior is the team's fourth consecutive individual champion at conference meet


Women's Cross Country Ready For BIG EAST Championships

Wildcats are coming off strong performance in last race two weeks ago


Women's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

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

On Venables: Versatile distance runner who was a contributor to the team during cross country season and in the longer distance events on the track throughout her career ... Was a BIG EAST scorer in the 10000 meters as a freshman.

2015 Outdoor: Competed at two meets during the season ... Ran the 10000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and finished 13th with a time of 38:30.79 ... Also competed in the 3000 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, where she finished sixth with a time of 10:26.74.

2014-15 Indoor: Did not compete at any meets.

2014 Cross Country: Opened the season at the Paul Short Run, where she led the team with a 139th place overall finish ... Came in 31st at the season-opening Main Line Invitational and placed 107th at the Princeton Invitational.

2014 Outdoor: Did not compete at any meets.

2013-14 Indoor: Placed 16th in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 18:10.71.

2013 Cross Country: Was a part of the Villanova lineup at the Paul Short Run and registered a time of 22:31 to finish sixth on the team ... Earlier in the season came in 15th at the Friend Big Five Invitational with a time of 14:53.29 over 4,000 meters and also finished 35th at the three-mile Main Line Invitational (18:23.52).

2013 Outdoor: Competed in three races during the season, running twice in the 5000 meters and once in the 1500 meters ... Came in second out of 37 entries in the 5000 meters at the Widener Invitational with a time of 17:39.40 ... Registered a time of 17:43.12 at the Colonial Relays ... Ran the 1500 meters at the season-opening Philadelphia College Classic and came in 18th with a time of 5:01.01.

2012-13 Indoor: Ran the Mile, 3000 meters and 5000 meters during the season ... Competed in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and came in 18th with a time of 17:55.05 ... Finished fourth out of 21 competitors in the 5000 meters at the Penn State National (17:22.38) ... Came in 14th in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:21.59 at the Penn State National ... Opened the season with a 17th place finish (5:21.44) in the Mile at the New York City Gotham Cup.

2012 Cross Country: Ran in each of the team's six scored meets during the season and was in the Wildcats top five on four occasions ... Posted a career-best time of 21:24 and finished in 53rd place (fifth on the team) at the Paul Short Run ... Was the fourth Villanova runner at both the Pre-NCAA Meet (21:34.3) and the BIG EAST Championships (22:01.11) ... Individually was 99th and 28th overall at those two meets ... Came in fifth on the team and registered a time of 21:58 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Crossed the finish line in 21:40.9 at the NCAA Championships, coming in sixth on the team and 219th overall.

2012 Outdoor: Made a successful debut in the 10000 meters ... Scored team points for Villanova at the BIG EAST Championships with a sixth place finish and a time of 35:37.48 in her first collegiate 10K race ... Lowered her time to a personal best of 35:26.85 at the ECAC Championship and finished in third place ... Ran the 5000 meters twice and established a personal best time of 17:03.65 at the Colonial Relays ... Came in 19th at the Larry Ellis Invitational (17:05.54) ... Finished 10th out of 114 runners in the 1500 meters at the Danny Curran Invitational with a time of 4:47.32 ... Opened the season at the Big Five Invite, where she ran the 800 meters (2:34.62) and the 1500 meters (4:49.77).

2011-12 Indoor: Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships in the 5000 meters and came in 16th at the conference meet (17:32.29) ... Earned her spot at the BIG EAST meet with a time of 17:27.29 at the Penn State National, where she came in fifth in the invitational section of the event ... Ran the 3000 meters three times early in the season and he top mark was 10:11.53 in an eighth place finish at the Great Dane Classic ... Also came in second at the Jack Pyrah Invitational (10:20.33) and third at the NYC Gotham Cup (10:17.79).

2011 Cross Country: Came in ninth on the team and was 73rd overall at the BIG EAST Championships, where she registered a 6K time of 22:34.1 ... Finished fifth out of 19 runners with a three-mile time of 17:34.41 at the Main Line Invitational ... Placed 122nd overall with a time of 22:25 on the 6K course at the Paul Short Run ... Ran in the "B" race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and came in 55th.

Highland Regional High School: All-American indoors in the 5000 meters as a junior ... All-American and New Jersey state champion in cross country as a senior ... State champion in the 3200 meters as a senior ... Named the Gatorade New Jersey Runner of the Year in 2010 ... Selected as the South Jersey Runner of the Year as a senior in both cross country and indoor track.

Personal: Born 7/18/93 ... Daughter of Diane and Keith Venables ... Biology major.


800 Meters               2:34.62           2012 Big Five Invite
1500 Meters              4:47.32           2012 Danny Curran Invitational
Mile                     5:21.44           2013 NYC Gotham Cup
3000 Meters              9:45              High School
5000 Meters              17:03.65          2012 Colonial Relays
10000 Meters             35:26.85          2012 ECAC Championship


6000 Meters              21:24             2012 Paul Short Run


USTFCCCA All-Academic Team                 2011-12
BIG EAST All-Academic Team                 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15


10000 Meters             6th               2012 Outdoor