Sept. 13, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Redshirt freshman Caitlin Bungo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) finished in eighth place out of 63 runners as Villanova made its 2013 debut in the Friend Big Five Invitational at Belmont Plateau on Friday evening. The local Big Five teams competed in the meet, which featured a 4,000 meter women's race.
Bungo crossed the finish line in 14:46.31 to pace six Wildcats that were in action in the meet. Sophomore Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) finished in 12th place in 14:49.01, while junior Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.) rounded out the team's top three with a 15th place finish and a time of 14:53.29.
Junior Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) came in 22nd overall and was the fourth Villanova runner with a time of 15:03.00. Junior Amanda Borroughs (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and senior Mary Bohi (Shamong, N.J.) placed 41st (16:01.02) and 42nd (16:02.50), respectively.
By running in this evening's meet the Wildcats opened their season two weeks earlier than in recent years. The local meet in Philadelphia was an opportunity for the team to continue its training for the bulk of the season's schedule which is yet to come.
Next up for Villanova is the Main Line Invitational at Haverford College on September 26. Complete team results from the Friend Big Five Invitational are listed below. The meet was established last year by Temple to honor the memory of Roswell Friend, a member of the Owls team who passed away at the start of the 2011 season.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS (4000 METERS)
Caitlin Bungo 8th of 63 14:46.31 Leanne Tucker 12th 14:49.01 Megan Venables 15th 14:53.29 Courtney Chapman 22nd 15:03.00 Amanda Borroughs 41st 16:01.02 Mary Bohi 42nd 16:02.50