McKenna Keegan Captures a 2nd Place Finish in Women’s 800 Meters

Keegan Runs a Season Best in the Race; Nova High Jumper Sanaa Barnes Matches Personal Best in Women’s High Jump

June 11, 2022 –

On the final day of competition at the NCAA Track & Field Championships the Villanova Wildcats behind McKenna Keegan and Sanna Barnes collected 13 points to finish tied for 19th place in the women’s team standings. Keegan ran a season-best 2:01.71 to finish second in the 800 meters. Barnes highest leap was 1.83m. She was tied with four other jumpers at that height, but won fourth place by virtue of fewer misses.

800 Meters

Keegan earned 8 points for Villanova with her runner-up finish to Kristie Schoffield of Boise State. The winning time for Schoffield was a season-fastest 2:01.09. Keegan turned in the second best split over the last 400 meters of 1:02.39, but Schoffield had the best split of 1:02.27. Both runners came from behind to take the top-two spots. In her semifinal heat Keegan was second to Schoffield.

High Jump

Barnes earned 5 points for the Wildcats placing fourth at 1.83m placing fourth ahead of four other jumpers. Barnes started hot making her first four jumps in the competition. The height matches the highest collegiate-best jump for Barnes, who placed in this event last year. The winner of the event was Lamara Distin of Texas A&M jumping 1.95m.

Women’s 5000 Meters

La Salle’s Elizabeth Mancini was in her first career-event final. She ran in the middle of the pack for the first half of the run, but she did not finish the race.

Scoring Recap

In the Men’s team scoring Penn scored 10 points as Marc Minichello brings home a national championship winning the Javelin. Villanova garnered 4 points as Sean Dolan finished 5th in the 800 meters final.

Keegan ran splits of 59.32 and 1:02.39 in the women’s 800 meters. Her second place finish ties the best-ever NCAA Outdoor result for a Villanova women’s runner. Keegan matched the performance of Veronica McIntosh in 1985 and Tosha Woodward from 1995. Keegan scored 8 points for Villanova. Barnes earned 5 points in the High Jump.

The University of Florida captured both the Men’s and Women’s Outdoors Championship. The men’s team posted 54 points. Texas was second at 38 points. The Gators women’s team scored 74 points to beat the Longhorns who had 64 points. Next year the Championship Meet will be in Austin, Texas.

Written By: Glenn Papazian


Villanova’s McKenna Keegan – Photo Courtesy of Villanova Media Relations

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