Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Megan Venables -- 5th at Footlocker Nationals -- Signs Letter of Intent for Villanova
New Jersey state cross country champion Megan Venables, who last season shattered course records at Holmdel Park and Belmont Plateau, will join Gina Procaccio's squad in fall 2011. Venables spent most of last season as the #2 ranked harrier in the MileSplit national rankings (behind only Aisling Cuffe). At the Briarwood Invitational at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia on November 18, Venables destroyed the 9-year-old course record by a stunning 47 seconds, running 17:36.4 -- the only female harrier ever to break 18:00 on the course. Venables then won the New Jersey state meet at Holmdel, crushing the 27-year-old course record by 7 seconds. She followed that by finishing 4th at the Footlocker Northeast Regional, qualifying for the national championship race in San Diego. At Footlocker nationals Megan finished 5th overall, 42 seconds behind Cuffe. Her momentum from the cross country season has evidently been transferred into the indoor season as Venables today set a new PR for 1600i, running 5:06.92 at a meet in Toms River.
Megan's other PRs are 11:25.09 for two miles, 9:45.83 for 3000 meters, and 17:22.84 for 5000 meters.