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Hutchinson Wins Main Line Invitational as Wildcats Start Off Strong
Nicole Hutchinson led a pack of Villanova runners across the finish line with a winning time of 16:20.5 at the Main Line Invitational on Friday afternoon.
Sept. 15, 2017

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HAVERFORD, Pa. - Junior Nicole Hutchinson (West Vancouver, B.C.) cruised to the individual title at the Main Line Invitational on Friday afternoon and Villanova placed seven runners in the top 10 overall in its first meet of the 2017 season. Hutchinson paced a field of 28 runners from two Division I schools and won with a time of 16:20.5, the fifth-fastest that a Wildcats athlete has ever recorded on the three-mile Alumni Cross Country Course at Haverford College.

In hot and humid running conditions, the leading Villanova runners stayed together in a pack for much of the race. Hutchinson pulled away by the halfway point and beat the runner-up from Penn by 19 seconds at the finish line. The next four finishers were all from the Wildcats, including junior Bella Burda (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.) in third place (16:47.9) followed by freshman Rachel McArthur (Bristow, Va.) in fourth (16:55.6), senior Katie Fisher (Uxbridge, Ont.) fifth (17:00.9) and junior Kaley Ciluffo (LeClaire, Iowa) in sixth place (17:07.8).

Even for an early-season meet, the results were an excellent start for a Villanova team that is hungry to continue the upward trend it has been on in recent years. Following consecutive team berths to the NCAA Championships in the last two years, the Wildcats are ranked No. 18 in the nation by the United States Track & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in this week’s poll. Villanova kept the top of its lineup close together despite not being expected to debut its complete lineup until later in the month.

Sophomore Ann Campbell (Mission Hills, Kan.) and graduate student Maria Seykora (Broomall, Pa.) rounded out the Wildcats top seven by finishing ninth and 10th, respectively. Campbell crossed the finish line in 17:33.8 and Seykora followed in 17:36.0. Seniors Erin Jaskot (Blauvelt, N.Y.) and Rebecca Del Rossi (Canton, N.Y.) registered times of 18:31.2 and 18:55.2, respectively.

Athletes from Villanova, Penn, Haverford and Swarthmore competed in Friday’s race, although scoring rules require the team scores to be separated by division. In the Division I scoring, the Wildcats had 19 points and Penn 40.

Villanova returns to action for the Paul Short Run on Friday, September 29 at Lehigh. The site will also host the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional later this season.

NOTES: The last Wildcats runner to have a faster time than Hutchinson’s mark of 16:20.5 at Haverford came in 2013 when Emily Lipari ran the three-mile course in a school-record pace of 16:08.3 … McArthur was making her official collegiate debut in the race and Seykora was also racing for the first time in a Villanova shirt since transferring from Princeton with one season of cross country eligibility remaining.

COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS

Division I Team Scores

1. Villanova                   19
2. Penn                        40

Individual Results (Division I Teams Only)

Nicole Hutchinson              1st of 28               16:20.5
Bella Burda                    3rd                     16:47.9
Rachel McArthur                4th                     16:55.6
Katie Fisher                   5th                     17:00.9
Kaley Ciluffo                  6th                     17:07.8
Ann Campbell                   9th                     17:33.8
Maria Seykora                  10th                    17:36.0
Erin Jaskot                    21st                    18:31.2
Rebecca Del Rossi              25th                    18:55.2

 

 

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