Freshman Kelsey Margey's NCAA #1 time in the 1000 meters highlighted the weekend results for the Villanova women competing at the NYC Gotham Cup at the Armory. Margey's time of 2:43.89 is a full 2.66 seconds faster than Oklahoma State's Natalja Piluisina's #2 time, and is the #2 time in Villanova history (behind only Gina Procaccio's 1987 time of 2:42.13). In the same race, Stephanie Schappert (2:48.24) and Ariann Neutts (2:48.53) ran the current NCAA #3 and #4 times, respectively. In the 800 meters freshman Angel Piccirillo's 2:09.44 was the top collegiate time at the meet, and is currently the #2 time in the NCAA. Also, the women's 4x800 meter team ran the fastest time in the country so far this indoor season.
Full results of the meet are HERE.
Below is the official press release from Villanova's athletics department.
NEW YORK--Freshman Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) ran a phenomenal race and won the 1000 meters at New York Armory, where Villanova returned to action with competition in the NYC Gotham Cup on Friday afternoon. Margey shattered her previous personal best in the 1000 meters and headlined a strong day overall for the Wildcats, who registered victories in four individual events and two relays.
Sophomore sprinter Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) ran two terrific races and emerged as the winner of the 60 meter hurdles. In the field events sophomore Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) and junior Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) won the pole vault and the high jump, respectively. Villanova also was victorious in both the 4x400 meter relay and the 4x800 meter relay.
Margey cruised across the finish line in the 1000 meters with a time of 2:43.89 to lead a field that included 42 runners. She beat her existing personal best in the event by more than five seconds and also registered a margin of victory over four seconds.
The performance by Margey on Friday marked the second time in as many meets to begin her collegiate track career that she has come away with a noteworthy result. At the Jack Pyrah Invitational last month Margey won the 800 meters with a meet record time of 2:10.99. The first-year standout for the Wildcats was a five-time All-American and a four-time New York state champion during her scholastic career.
The Wildcats also got a great victory from Walden in the 60 meter hurdles, her second straight win in the event to begin the season. After a strong freshman season last year Walden is continuing to develop into an elite sprinter in the Villanova program.
She had the fastest time out of 41 entries in the preliminaries of the 60 meter hurdles with a mark of 8.61, just four-hundredths of a second over her personal best in the event. Walden came back with a time of 8.64 in the finals to finish first out of 15 qualifiers. Sophomore Katherine Petruzzellis (Annandale, N.J.) also qualified for the finals of the 60 meter hurdles and finished in 13th place with a time of 9.51. She moved up three spots and lowered her time from 9.58 after a 16th place finish in the preliminary heats.
Wasik also was a first place finisher for the second straight meet. She led a 1-2-3 finish by a deep Wildcats group in the pole vault with a winning height of 3.80 meters. Wasik cleared 3.65 meters and 3.80 meters on her first try and had already clinched a first place finish when she attempted to clear 4.00 meters. It is the second straight meet that Wasik has reached at least 3.80 meters.
Sophomore Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.) was the runner-up in the pole vault with a height of 3.65 meters, while freshmen Virginia LaMacchia (Bloomsburg, Pa.) and Abigail Nolte (Branchburg, N.J.) tied for third with identical marks of 3.50 meters.
The winning lineup for Villanova in the 4x400 meter relay consisted of freshman Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.), freshman Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.), sophomore Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.) and sophomore Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.). The quartet finished with a time of 3:46.46 and earned an exciting win by a margin of just five-hundredths of a second.
In the 4x800 meter relay the Wildcats pulled away early along the way to a final time of 8:49.07, more than a minute faster than the reset of the field. Sophomore Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) led off the relay and was followed by Neutts, Margey and Schappert.
In the 60 meters Johnson advanced to the finals after coming in ninth out of 76 runners in the preliminary heats. She posted a time of 7.75 in her first race and then jumped up to fourth place with a time of 7.67 in the finals.
Freshman jumper Anne Yahiro (Downers Grove, Ill.) was the runner-up in the triple jump with a result of 11.49 meters.
Below are the results for the Wildcats entries in Friday's meet, while the link at the top of this page goes to full results for the entire meet. Villanova will return to the Armory next Friday for the Great Dane Classic.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS -- WOMEN
60 Meters (Preliminaries) Varonica Johnson 9th of 76 7.75 Samantha Francis 22nd 8.04 60 Meters (Finals) Varonica Johnson 4th of 16 7.67 400 Meters Qualitra Brown tie-20th of 73 59.85 500 Meters Michaela Wilkins 13th of 54 1:17.65 800 Meters Angel Piccirillo 2nd of 67 2:09.44 NCAA #2 Faith Dismuke 3rd 2:11.60 NCAA #14 Leanne Tucker 4th 2:14.74 NCAA #39 Mary Bohi 7th 2:17.70 Anna Francis 9th 2:19.70 1000 Meters Kelsey Margey 1st of 42 2:43.89 NCAA #1 Stephanie Schappert 2nd 2:48.22 NCAA #3 Ariann Neutts 3rd 2:48.53 NCAA #4 Shannon Browne 7th 2:51.34 NCAA #11 Mile Summer Cook 3rd of 49 4:53.15 NCAA #20 Courtney Chapman 5th 5:04.22 Meghan Smith 7th 5:06.35 Megan Venables 17th 5:21.44 60 Meter Hurdles (Preliminaries) Emerald Walden 1st of 41 8.61 NCAA #48 Katherine Petruzzellis 16th 9.58 60 Meter Hurdles (Finals) Emerald Walden 1st of 15 8.64 Katherine Petruzzellis 13th 9.51 4x400 Meter Relay Villanova 1st of 28 3:46.46 NCAA #20 Michaela Wilkins Angel Piccirillo Faith Dismuke Varonica Johnson 4x800 Meter Relay Villanova 1st of 9 8:49.07 NCAA #1 Courtney Chapman Ariann Neutts Kelsey Margey Stephanie Schappert High Jump Samantha Yeats 1st of 18 1.70m Pole Vault Alexandra Wasik 1st of 15 3.80m Kathleen McPhillips 2nd 3.65m Virginia LaMacchia tie-3rd 3.50m Abigail Nolte tie-3rd 3.50m Long Jump Alexandria Reo 14th of 44 5.12m Triple Jump Anne Yahiro 2nd of 24 11.49m Victoria Profit 7th 10.81m Weight Throw Alita Ostapkovich 13th of 21 12.68m Shot Put (Seeded) Katherine Petruzzellis 17th of 31 10.89m Alita Ostapkovich 18th 10.78m