Three Villanova runners advanced to the finals in the 1500 Meter run. Emily Lipari and Angel Piccirillo advanced in the women’s competition while Jordy Williamsz will compete in the men’s final. Williamsz, Lipari and Piccirillo were automatic qualifiers in their event.
La Salle’s Alfredo Santana finished his career with a 22nd place finish. Long Jumper Elbert Maxwell of Villanova concluded his season finishing in 21st place. Kelsey Hay of the University of Pennsylvania was 21st in the Women’s Javelin.
Women’s 1500 Meters
Villanova Wildcats Emily Lipari and Angel Piccirillo each finished in the top five of their national semifinal heat of the 1500 meters and moved on to the final during competition at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field on Thursday afternoon. The national championship race in the 1500 meters takes place on Saturday afternoon.
Lipari won the first semifinal heat in 4:21.14 and Piccirillo placed fifth in the same heat with a time of 4:21.47 and both were automatic qualifiers for the final. The top five finishers in each of two semifinal heats and the next two fastest times advanced.
Men’s 1500 Meters
Jordy Williamsz ran one of the strongest races of his Villanova career and advanced to the final of the 1500 meters with a third place finish in his semifinal heat at the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field on Friday afternoon. Williamsz registered a time of 3:41.23 and was an automatic qualifier for the national championship race on Saturday afternoon. The time of 3:41.23 is the fastest that Williamsz has run in collegiate competition.
La Salle Explorer 1500 Meter runner Alfredo Santana concluded his collegiate career earning Third-Team All-American status with his performance in the race. Santana finished 11th in his heat and 22nd overall with a time of 3:49.58. The Explorer becomes the seventh All-American in track and field for the school, the first since 2008.
Men’s Long Jump
Elbert Maxwell was also in competition for Villanova on Thursday afternoon and he registered a 21st place in the long jump with a distance of 6.99 meters. Maxwell competed in the second of two flights of the long jump in his first appearance at the NCAA Championships. Maxwell’s top jump of 6.99 meters came on his first attempt and he also registered distances of 6.81 meters and 6.94 meters on his second and third tries. The mark of 6.99 meters put Maxwell 11th in his flight and 21st overall in the field for the long jump.
Kelsey Hay of the University of Pennsylvania finished 21st in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Her first toss was 44.82 meters, then bettered that with a throw of 47.28 meters on her second attempt. Hay finished 11th in her flight. She is in position to earn All-American Honorable Mention this season which includes a Heptagonal title.