Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Piccirillo Holds #1 Seed at 800 and 1600 at PA State Meet

The Pennsylvania state meet is two days away and Villanova's 2012 signee Angel Piccirillo enters the competition as the state's #1 seed at both the 800 meters (2:12.48) and the 1600 meters (4:48.28). She has the #2 time in the USA in the mile this year. Here's a snippet from's preview by Jay Rtoz of the Patriot-News:

The queen of middle distances ... we think.

Every couple of years, a distance runner comes out of Pennsylvania destined for bigger things. The 2012 model is Angel Piccirillo.

She’s a senior at Homer Center High School, a few miles outside Indiana in District 6. And she’s such a fixture at Shippensburg, longtime PA announcer Bob Schellenberg probably intones “AN-gel Pic-ah-RIL-lo” unconsciously by now.

Piccirillo’s honors will fill several pages before she arrives at Villanova University in the fall. She’s won the last two Class AA 1600-meter golds. She’s been the state AA cross-country champ the last two years. She finished second in the mile at the Penn Relays.

Piccirillo is the top seed in two events this weekend — the AA 800 and 1600 meters. Her seed time of 4:48.28 in the 1600 is more than eight seconds faster than that of Elk County Catholic sophomore Kennedy Weisner.

But the 800 — that’s where it gets a little dicey. Not only is Weisner just .11 seconds behind Piccirillo’s 2:12.48 in the seed times, but both of them will have to get past the defending champion in the event, Boiling Springs senior Lillie Brown. Brown took the state by storm last year with her winning 2:13.78.

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