VILLANOVA, PA. 5/12/2014 – The Villanova Wildcats men’s and women’s track and field team won the Big East Outdoor Championships at the Jumbo Elliott Track on the campus of Villanova University. The sweep by the Wildcats added to both squads taking the Big East Indoor Championship earlier this year. The women’s team led going into the Sunday finals and took the title with 218 points. Georgetown was second with 128 points while Marquette was third at 120. The Villanova men were in third place after the Saturday preliminaries. At the finals the Wildcats stormed past Georgetown and Marquette to win with 225.5 points. DePaul finished second with 166 points. Villanova won the Men’s and Women’s Coaching Staff of the Year Awards.
The women’s team got the lead thanks to a sweep by the Pole Vault team as Alexandra Wasik, Virginia LaMacchia, and Bianca Reo swept the medals podium. Abigail Nolte and Kathleen McPhillips gave the Wildcats the top five finishers in the event. On Sunday Villanova women turned to their middle distance runners as Emily Lipari and Nicky Akande placed one, two in the 800 meter run. Lipari covered the distance in 2:05.66 with Akande finishing in 2:06.87. Leanne Tucker finished seventh in 2:12.70 giving the Wildcats 20 team points in the event.
The team added 10 points winning the 4 x 800 Meter Relay. Leanne Tucker, Angel Piccirillo, Stephanie Schappert, and Emily Lipari had a winning time of 8:33.36 breaking the Big East record they set last season.
A key point producer for the Wildcats was the Javelin Throw as the team took the top four places. Jamie Klein had the winning distance of 43.33 meters. Caroline Hamilton placed second (39.58 meters), Veronica Scott was third (36.60 meters), and Hannah Lee was fourth (34.78 meters). Alexi Stershic added a three points finishing seventh (32.21 meters). Villanova scored 32 team points in the event.
The Wildcats had championship performances by Emerald Warden won the 100 Meter Hurdles in 14.15. Teammate Danielle Wheatley finished in third place with a time of 14.70. Samantha Yeats win the High Jump at 1.75 meters. Anne Yahiro took fifth in the event (1.65 meters) and Victoria Profit was sixth (1.60 meters).
The men’s team made up the point differential with production in the middle distance races. The Wildcats picked up 22 team points in the 1500 Meter Run as Jordan Williamsz won the race in 3:47.16 followed by Robert Denault finishing at 3:47.65. Dusty Solis ran a time of 3:47.49 to place fourth. In the 5000 Meter Run Villanova posted 21 points as Patrick Tiernan crossed the finish line first in 13:56.01. Sam McEntee was second with a time of 14:22.13.
Aaron Sandifer took the title in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 15.19 with P J Succi in third at 17.19.
The 4 x 400 Meter Relay team of Donald Urschel, Ayomide Obadare, Bryan Murphy, and Samuel Ellison brought home 10 points covering the distance in 3:12.17.
P J Succi won the Decathlon with 5,446 points.
Other Villanova point contributors were in the following events;
Women’s 1500 Meter Run – Angel Piccirillo 2nd place (4:17.63), Kelsey Margey 4th place (4:18.83), Stephanie Schappert 5th place (4:19.50). The winner was Kirsty Legg of Butler in 4:16.72.
Women’s 400 Meter Dash – Michaela Wilkins 2nd place (55.16). Claire
Mooney of St. John’s won the event in 54.69.
Women’s 100 Meter Dash – Varonica Johnson 2nd place 11.71 trailing Amanda Kimbers who won with a time of 11.45.
Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles – Mary Bohi 3rd place (1:03.19) and Veronica Scott 7th place (1:07.22). Deseree King of Georgetown had the winning time of 58.79.
Women’s 200 Meter Dash – Varonica Johnson 2nd place (24.16) and Kalissa Caesar 6th place (24.90). Kimbers took the title in 23.81.
Women’s 5000 Meter Run – Sydney Harris 8th place (17:57.28) in the event won by Laura Nagel of Providence in 16:23.35.
Women’s 4 x 400 Meter Relay – Villanova (Emerald Walden, Kelsey Margey, Nicky Akande, Mary Bohi) 4th place 3:50.74. Georgetown won the relay with a time of 3:39.29.
Women’s Shot Put – Kristen Erickson 7th place (11.72m). Kristen Gaffney of Marquette had the winning throw of 14.15m.
Women’s Discus Throw – Alita Ostapkovich 6th place (36.96m). Sarah Chappell won the event for DePaul at 46.71m.
Men’s 4 x 100 Relay – Donald Urschel, Vince Thompson, Bryan Murphy, and Aaron Sandifer 2nd place (42.64). DePaul won with a time of 41.89.
Men’s 400 Meter Dash – Bryan Murphy 3rd place (47.85), Donald Urschel 4th place (48.73). Mac Melto took the top spot in 47.29.
Men’s 100 Meter Dash – Vince Thompson 4th place (11.00). Xavier Jones of DePaul set the pace in 10.61.
Men’s 800 Meter Run – Samuel Ellison 2nd place (1:49.18), Christopher Fitzsimons 4th
place (1:51.53). The winning time of 1:49.04 was turned in by Ahmed Bile of Georgetown.
Men’s 400 Meter Hurdles – Joseph Messick 2nd place (54.92), Kyle Cartwright 3rd place (55.20), Cory Serfoss 4th place (55.61), and Peter Winslow 8th place (59.79). Villanova totaled 20 team points in the event won by Hansel Akers of Georgetown (52.92).
Men’s 200 Meter Dash – Vince Thompson 5th place (21.94). Xavier Jones of DePaul was first in 21.44.
Men’s 4 x 800 Relay – Charles Bates, Robert Denault, Christopher O’Sullivan, Josh Lampron 2nd place (7:34.83) behind the Georgetown time of 7:30.75,
Men’s Triple Jump – Dennis Ostick 5th place (12.79m). A jump of 13.80m won the event for Eghosa Aghayere of Georgetown.
Men’s Pole Vault – Kolby Koeck (4.6m) 2nd place, Chris Dougherty 3rd place (4.45m on fewer misses), P J Succi 7th place (4m). Joel Swanberg won for Marquette at a height of 4.7m.
Men’s Shot Put – James Rowen 7th place (13.69m), Dan Sullivan 8th place (13.61m). DePaul’s Matt Babicz had a distance of 19.27m setting a meet record.
Men’s Javelin Throw – Christopher Glennie 2nd place (57.59m), Sean Locke 3rd place (56.38m), Ryan Milanaik 5th place (54.12m), Connor Milanaik 6th place (53.65m). The Wildcats scored 21 team points in the event won by John Krzyszkowski of Marquette.
Men’s Discus Throw – Drew King 8th place (38.22m). Trevor Kintyhtt had the best throw at 51.36m for DePaul.
Written By: Glenn Papazian