Villanova Holds A 4-Point Lead On Marquette In The Women’s Team Competition, Men In Third Place
VILLANOVA, PA. 5/10/2014 – The Villanova Women’s Track and Field team behind sweep in the pole vault scoring took the lead in scoring after the first day of competition at the Big East Track and Field Championships at the Jumbo Elliott Track on the campus of Villanova University. The Wildcat women lead the Big East standings scoring 41 points after day one. Marquette is second with 37 points. In the men’s competition Villanova is third with 31 points behind Georgetown who scored 65 points and Marquette at 42 points.
The Wildcat Women put distance between themselves and the other teams as Villanova topped the competition in the pole vault taking first through fifth in the event. The three Villanovan’s on the podium tied at the top vault of 3.77 meters. Alexandra Wasik won the event based on fewer misses at the championship height. Virginia LaMacchia and Bianca Reo also vaulted 3.77 meters, and placed second and third in the event. Wasik, LaMacchia, and Reo won medals. Abigail Nolte was fourth at a height of 3.62 meters. Kathleen McPhillips rounded out the sweep with a height of 3.47. The Wildcats scored 33 points in the event.
Julie Williams brought home two more team points placing seventh in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase covering the distance in 11:14.36. Hannah Neczypor of Georgetown won the event with a time of 10:32.40.
The remaining points scored in field events for Villanova in the women’s competition were scored in the long jump. Anne Yahiro placed fifth with a jump of 5.52 meters. Ekiah Lewis gained a point for the Wildcats placing eighth with a distance of 5.24. Carlye Schuh of Marquette won the event with a jump of 5.78 meters.
The Wildcats placed eight more athletes in the Sunday women’s finals.
Women’s 400 Meter Dash – Michaela Wilkins qualified for the finals with a time of 56.47. Claire Mooney of St. John’s had the top qualifying time of 55.10.
Women’s 100 Meter Dash – Varonica Johnson and Kalissa Caesar will be in the finals with qualifying times of 12.05 and 12.16. Amanda Kimbers of Georgetown was the top qualifier with a time of 11.90.
Women’s 800 Meter Run – Three Wildcat runners made the finals as Emily Lipari (2:08.26), Nicky Akande (2:04.56), and Leanne Tucker (2:09.21) will go for the Big East title. Georgetown’s Sabrina Southerland turned in the top time of 2:04.21.
Women’s 200 Meter Dash – Varonica Johnson (24.28) and Kalissa Caesar (25.13) qualified in this event final and much like the 100 Amanda Kimbers is the top qualifier with a time of 24.01.
Women’s 400 Meter Hurdles – Mary Bohi (1:03.76) and Veronica Scott (1:04.23) will compete in the finals. Deseree King of Georgetown ran the best qualifying time finishing in just under a minute at 59.51.
Elbert Maxwell scored 16 team points by winning the Men’s Long Jump with a distance of 7.12 meters. Maxwell added a third in the high jump with a leap of 2.04 meters which placed him third in the event. Matthew Sidney placed seventh with a height of 1.89 meters and posted two more points for the Wildcats. Michael Saindon of Marquette won the event based on fewer misses at 2.08 meters.
Greg Morrin placed sixth in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase with a time of 9:21.93 adding three more points to the team total. The winning time of 8:55.38 was turned in by Dylan Sorensen of Georgetown.
The Villanova men posted points in the Hammer Throw. Drew King placed fifth with a throw of 50.26 meters to score four points. James Rowen added a point with a throw of 46.12. William Koeck of Marquette won the event with a distance of 60.79 meters.
Six Villanova athletes will compete in the men’s finals.
Men’s 400 Meter Dash – Bryan Murphy (48.06), Ayomide Obadare (48.53), and Donald Urschel (48.99) qualified for the final. They will compete with Mac Melto of DePaul who ran the distance in 47.41
Men’s 100 Meter Dash – Vince Thompson was the seventh qualifier with a time of 11.19. Xavier Jones of DePaul had the best qualifying time of 10.77.
Men’s 800 Meter Run – Samuel Ellison will compete for Villanova posting a time of 1:51.82 in the preliminaries. He will be joined by Christopher Fitzsimons who qualified at 1:50.36. Billy Ledder of Georgetown was the top qualifier running the distance in 1:49.65.
Men’s 200 Meter Dash – Vince Thompson will be in his second event final as he ran a 22.19. Brandon Threats of DePaul had the fastest qualifying time of 21.72.
Decathlon Day One
Villanova holds the number one and three positions. P.J. Succi leads the group of four with 3,163 points while Robert Cacace is third with 2,762 points.
Written By: Glenn Papazian