Monday, March 5, 2012

Their Own Private Idaho:
McEntee, Lipari, Ward & Men's DMR Head to Nationals

The NCAA has announced the field for the Indoor Nationals. 3:57 miler Sam McEntee won the school's only automatic qualifier and will compete over that distance in Boise in a hallmark Villanova event. Joining McEntee as a Villanova miler will be Emily Lipari, who posted the NCAA's 12th best time this season, missing the auto qualifier by a stride or two. Likewise just outside the AQ but invited to Nationals was the men's Distance Medley Relay team of Brian Tetreault, Bryan Murphy, Sam Ellison and Sam McEntee. The DMR finished the year as the # 9 team in the country and will continue a strong Villanova tradition in that event. Finally, senior Shericka Ward goes back to Nationals (she ran the 100 hurdles at NCAA Outdoor Nationals in 2011) in the 60 meter hurdles, where she sits as 12th fastest in the NCAA this year. Just missing out on an invitation by one spot was Bogdana Mimic in the 3000 meters. Mimic won the Big East title at 5000 meters, but sat at #19 in the country at 3000 meters, less than 5 seconds off the AQ of 9:10.00. The NCAA accepted only 18 women at that distance. Mimic was an NCAA finalist at 3000 during the 2010 indoor season.

The complete list for men and women is HERE.

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