Armstrong Places Seventh at Big Five Invitational
Sophomore Nicole Armstrong (Sydenham, Ont.) led the team with a seventh place finish and Villanova had five of the top 17 overall runners at the Big Five Invitational on Friday evening. Less than 20 seconds separated the Wildcats top five finishers on the 4,000 meter Belmont Plateau course as Villanova opened the 2015 season on a successful note.
Women's Cross Country Opens Season at Big Five Invitational Friday Evening
The official start of the 2015 season will arrive for Villanova on Friday evening when it competes in the Big Five Invitational at Belmont Plateau. This is the third straight year that the Wildcats will take part in the local meet, which is hosted by Temple. The women's 4,000 meter race gets underway at 6 p.m. and will be preceded by a 6,000 meter men's race at 5:30 p.m.
Wildcats Earn National Ranking to Open 2015 Season
In the preseason national and regional cross country rankings announced this week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), Villanova is ranked No. 24 in the nation and No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Region. A group of eight returning student-athletes and five newcomers make up the Wildcats roster for the 2015 season.
Stephanie Schappert Named Academic All-Area Overall Women's Performer of the Year
Women's cross country and track & field standout Stephanie Schappert was chosen as the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Overall Women's Performer of the Year, as voted on by the sports information directors at the 31 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. The announcement of the male and female Overall Performers of the Year was made on Wednesday afternoon. Schappert was previously named the Academic All-Area Women's Track & Field Performer of the Year in recent weeks. She is the second Villanova student-athlete to be an Overall Performer of the Year.
Schappert and Wasik Earn Academic All-District Accolades
Senior women's track & field athletes Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) have each been named to the Capital One Academic All-District team in District 2, as announced late last week. Both student-athletes will now move on to the national ballot and be considered for Academic All-America status. They are each set to begin competition at the NCAA East Preliminary later this week.
Stephanie Schappert Earns NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Senior track & field and cross country student-athlete Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) was recently named a winner of a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The award comes with a $7,500 scholarship that can be applied towards pursuing a graduate or other advances degree. Schappert is the 20th student-athlete from Villanova to receive one of the NCAA-sponsored postgraduate scholarships.
Head Coach Gina Procaccio To Be Inducted to Penn Relays Wall of Fame
As she prepares her Villanova student-athletes for the 121st running of the Penn Relays this week, Wildcats head coach Gina Procaccio is receiving due recognition for her career achievements as both an athlete and a head coach. Procaccio was inducted into the Delaware County Athletes Hall of Fame on Sunday night and will also be inducted to the Penn Relays Wall of Fame this week.
Stephanie Schappert Earns BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Award
Senior middle distance runner Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) was honored by the BIG EAST as an Insitutional Scholar-Athlete of the Year in an announcement made by the conference office last week. Each member institution in the BIG EAST has one male and one female student-athlete recognized with this award, which comes with a $2,000 scholarship which can be applied to postgraduate or professional studies. The award recipients are chosen by the BIG EAST Academic Affairs Committee.