Villanova has three of the top four finishers to earn sixth consecutive NCAA bid
Wildcats place 20th as a team, finish two spots higher than pre-race ranking
Akande and Lipari come in first and third, respectively; Villanova is third as a team
Wildcats look to continue building momentum after strong effort at BIG EAST meet
Villanova junior is the team's fourth consecutive individual champion at conference meet
On Schappert: Has been a consistently successful performer for Villanova in her first two collegiate seasons ... Versatile runner who has established herself at the BIG EAST level and is continuing to develop and get stronger ... Key part of the team's lineup in cross country and is expected to continue being a major contributor in meets during track season.
2013 Cross Country: Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the first time in her career ... Finished in eighth place individually at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional to help Villanova capture the team title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... Registered a personal best time of 20:17 for a 6,000 meter course at the regional meet ... One of the team's scoring runners at every meet during the season ... Came in third on the team at the NCAA Championships and was 91st overall with a time of 21:16.0 ... Placed 23rd at the BIG EAST Championships (21:37) ... Posted a time of 21:18 at the Paul Short Run and came in 41st out of 430 runners ... Finished with a time of 21:38.6 at the Pre-NCAA Meet ... Opened the season at the three-mile Main Line Invitational and came in sixth out of 86 runners with a time of 17:01.48.
2013 Outdoor: BIG EAST champion in the 4x800 meter relay ... Led off the winning relay at the conference championships and Villanova defended its title with a time of 8:34.23 ... Scored team points individually at the BIG EAST meet with a fifth place finish in the 1500 meters (4:26.17) ... One day earlier stood in sixth place after the preliminary heats (4:27.74) ... Competed in the 1500 meters at the NCAA East Regional and advanced to the national quarterfinals ... Posted a personal best time of 4:18.94 in the national first round of the event and was an automatic qualifier for the quarterfinals ... Recorded a time of 4:22.88 in the quarterfinals and finished 18th in that round ... Finished in fifth place at the ECAC Championship with a time of 2:08.81 in the finals ... Also posted a mark of 2:07.95 during the preliminary heats ... At the Raleigh Relays came in fourth in the 800 meters (2:07.81) and fifth in the 1500 meters (4:21.20) ... Set a personal best time of 2:07.14 in the 800 meters at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational and was fifth out of 26 entries ... Led off the 4x1500 meter relay at the Penn Relays, where the Wildcats finished third with a time of 17:17.57 ... Anchored the second Villanova entry in the 4x400 meter relay at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational and helped that squad finish fourth with a time of 3:46.33.
2013 Indoor: Was a part of the Wildcats relays at the BIG EAST Championships, winning one conference title and another All-BIG EAST nod ... Led off the 4x800 meter relay, which defended its conference title with a winning time of 8:40.50 ... Also led off the distance medley relay, which finished in second place with a time of 11:07.04 ... Anchored the 4x800 meter relay to a winning time of 8:49.07 at the New York City Gotham Cup early in the season ... Scored team points individually in the Mile with a fifth place finish at the conference meet, where she ran a personal best time of 4:43.20 ... Ran three races in the Mile during the season and her three times were within less than three-quarters of a second of each other ... Came in seventh in the invitational section at the Penn State National (4:43.69) and was also seventh at the Columbia Last Chance Meet (4:43.88) ... Ran a personal best time of 2:45.65 in the 1000 meters at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, where she was the runner-up out of 48 competitors in the Championship section ... Finished second out of 42 entries in the 1000 meters at the New York City Gotham Cup (2:48.22).
2012 Cross Country: Finished in the Wildcats top five at five of the six meets during the season, including the NCAA Championships ... Registered a career-best time for a 6K course of 21:19.2 in the national championship race and came in 173rd ... Also was fourth on the team at the season-opening Main Line Invitational (16:51.50 over three miles) and the Paul Short Run (21:23), where she finished fifth and 50th, respectively ... Placed 100th at the Pre-NCAA Meet (21:35.9) and 37th at the BIG EAST Championships (22:31.97), finishing fifth on the team at both meets ... Came in 52nd overall and was seventh on the team with a time of 22:06 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
2012 Outdoor: Led off the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova win a conference title in the event ... Qualified individually for the BIG EAST meet in the 1500 meters and came in 13th in the preliminary heats (4:30.38) ... Established a personal best time of 4:26.90 in the 1500 meters at the Virginia Challenge ... Opened the season with matching third place finishes in both the 800 meters (2:12.28) and the 1500 meters (4:31.54) at the Big Five Invite ... Came in eighth out of 74 runners in the 800 meters (2:10.24) at the Colonial Relays and placed 28th at the Larry Ellis Invitational (2:13.20).
2012 Indoor: Helped the Wildcats win a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay, running the leadoff leg of the relay at the conference championships ... Also earned individual All-BIG EAST honors with a third place finish in the Mile at the BIG EAST meet ... Surged to third place with a personal best time of 4:48.90 in the finals of the Mile after coming in 11th in the preliminary heats (4:54.50) ... Lowered her personal best time again at the Columbia Last Chance Meet with a mark of 4:47.42 ... Came in sixth in the invitational section of the Mile at the Penn State National (4:49.11) ... Came in third in the 800 meters at the Great Dane Classic (2:12.74) and seventh in the 1000 meters at the NYC Gotham Cup with a personal best time of 2:51.59 ... Ran the third leg of the distance medley relay (800 meters) at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and anchored the 4x400 meter relay at the Great Dane Classic.
2011 Cross Country: Placed 54th overall and was eighth on the team at the BIG EAST Championships (22:01.2) ... Made her collegiate debut with a fourth place finish at the Main Line Invitational ... Finished in 54th place out of 396 runners and was the sixth Villanova runner at the Paul Short Run, with a 6K time of 21:34 ... Again placed sixth within the Wildcats lineup and finished 206th out of 305 runners at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
Pope John Paul II High School: Six-time Florida state champion, including twice in cross country (2008, 2009) and twice each in the 800 meters and the 1600 meters, winning each event in both 2010 and 2011 ... School record holder in the 800 meters and the 1600 meters (4:51) ... Named her school's Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior ... Invited to participate in the 1st Nike Elite Camp.
Personal: Born 4/25/93 ... Youngest of three children of Ken Schappert and Jane (Ackerman) Schappert ... Both parents attended Villanova ... Father was a member of the track team and an NCAA champion ... Mother was an All-American swimmer ... Has an older sister, Nicole, who was an NCAA champion and All-American for the Villanova cross country and track teams ... Has an older brother, Kenny, Jr., who was a collegiate runner at Tennessee ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business and is majoring in Marketing.
400 Meters (Relay) 57.0 High School 800 Meters 2:07.14 2013 Hurricane Alumni Invitational 1000 Meters 2:45.65 2013 Armory Collegiate Invitational 1500 Meters 4:18.94 2013 NCAA East Regional Mile 4:43.20 2013 BIG EAST Championships 6000 Meters (XC) 20:17 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2013
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
BIG EAST Champion 2012, 2013 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2012 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2013 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
BIG EAST Champion 2012, 2013 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2013 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2011-12, 2012-13
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2012 Indoor, 2013 Indoor 4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2013 Indoor, 2013 Outdoor Distance Medley Relay 2nd 2013 Indoor Mile 3rd 2012 Indoor Mile 5th 2013 Indoor 1500 Meters 5th 2013 Outdoor