Villanova senior leads team to second place finish in final meet of season
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
On Schappert: One of the top returning runners in a deep middle distance unit for Villanova ... Comes off a breakthrough year of competition in which she developed into a runner capable of making contributions at the national level ... Has been a key performer in the relays for the Wildcats and is a two-time Penn Relays champion and a six-time BIG EAST champion in the 4x800 meter relay ... Demonstrated great progress in her individual events and was a second team All-American in the Mile last year.
2014 Cross Country: Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region accolades for the second straight year ... Was the individual champion at both the ECAC Championship and the season-opening Main Line Invitational ... Paced a field of 98 runners at the ECAC meet with a winning time of 17:42.4 to help Villanova finish second in the team standings at the meet ... Recorded a team-best 14th place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and also posted a season-best 6,000 meters time of 21:01 at the meet ... Came in 17th overall and second on the team at the BIG EAST Championships ... Raced to a fifth place finish and was the first Wildcats runner across the finish line at the Princeton Invitational, where Villanova captured the team title ... Finished third on the team and 48th overall at the Washington Invitational ... Opened the season by winning the Main Line Invitational ... Her three-mile time of 16:51.1 was a personal best and she was named the BIG EAST Female Athlete of the Week for her performance.
2014 Outdoor: Helped Villanova win Championship of America titles at the Penn Relays in both the distance medley relay and the 4x1500 meter relay ... Also was a BIG EAST champion in the 4x800 meter relay for the third straight year and advanced individually to the national quarterfinals of the 1500 meters ... Led off both the DMR (split of 3:25.00 over 1200 meters) and the 4x1500 relay at the Penn Relays ... Villanova won its third straight championship in the DMR with a winning time of 10:57.35 while also winning the 4x1500 relay for the first time in 14 years with a time of 17:16.52 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 relay at the BIG EAST Championships, where the Wildcats won with a time of 8:33.36 ... Placed fifth individually in the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 4:18.83 ... Came in seventh in her heat and 15th overall in the national quarterfinal heats of the 1500 meters (4:20.07) ... Placed fourth in her heat and 16th out of 48 runners in the national first round (4:23.28) ... Competed in the 800 meters at the ECAC Championship and led a contingent of four Villanova runners by finishing second in the preliminaries with a personal best time of 2:06.26 ... Came in second in the 800 meters (2:06.54) at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, where she also led off the 4x400 meter relay and helped the Wildcats second relay entry finish in fifth place with a time of 3:46.68 ... Began the year by finishing third in the 1500 meters at the Sam Howell Invitational with a time of 4:20.88.
2014 Indoor: Second team All-American and an All-BIG EAST performer in the Mile ... BIG EAST champion in the 4x800 meter relay and All-BIG EAST in the distance medley relay to help Villanova clinch its conference record 12th team title ... Qualified for the NCAA Championships in the Mile by running a personal best time of 4:36.40 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet, where she finished in sixth place ... At the national meet came in fifth in her preliminary heat and 11th overall with a time of 4:45.94 while running at altitude in New Mexico ... Her time at the Boston University meet lowered by more than three seconds the previous personal best she had recorded just weeks earlier at the Armory Collegiate Invitational, where she was the runner up in the Championship section of the Mile in 4:39.45 ... At the BIG EAST Championships came in second in third in the Mile with a time of 5:02.20 and also led off the Wildcats victorious 4x800 relay ... It was the fifth straight title in the relay for Villanova at the BIG EAST meet and the third straight year that Schappert has been part of the team's 4x800 lineup ... Also ran the 1200 meters leadoff leg of the distance medley relay at the conference meet, with Villanova finishing second in the relay with a time of 10:59.74 that qualified the Wildcats for the NCAA Championships in the DMR ... Opened her indoor season by finishing second in the Mile (4:44.60) at the Great Dane Classic ... Won the Invitational section of the 1000 meters in 2:48.60 at the Penn State National.
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.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
400 Meters (Relay) 57.0 High School 800 Meters 2:06.54 2014 Hurricane Alumni Invitational 1000 Meters 2:45.65 2013 Armory Collegiate Invitational 1500 Meters 4:18.94 2013 NCAA East Regional Mile 4:36.40 2014 Boston University Last Chance Meet
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters 20:17 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-Mid Atlantic Region 2013, 2014 ECAC Individual Champion 2014 BIG EAST Female Athlete of the Week 2014 (September 22-28)
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
All-American (Second Team) 2014 (Mile) BIG EAST Champion 2012, 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013, 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2014 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
Penn Relays Champion 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) Penn Relays Champion 2014 (4x1500 Meter Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2012, 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay)
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2012-13, 2013-14 (Track) USTFCCCA All-Academic Team 2013 (Cross Country) BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team 2014 (Cross Country)
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2012 Indoor, 2013 Indoor, 2014 Indoor 4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2012 Outdoor, 2013 Outdoor, 2014 Outdoor Distance Medley Relay 2nd 2013 Indoor, 2014 Indoor Mile 3rd 2012 Indoor, 2014 Indoor Mile 5th 2013 Indoor 1500 Meters 5th 2013 Outdoor, 2014 Outdoor