Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Track: Lipari, Ward, McEntee, Men's DMR Headed to Nationals

Despite only one athlete receiving an NCAA automatic qualifying time, Villanova has four entries in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boise.

On the mens side, Sam McEntee received an automatic qualifier in the mile, and anchored a distance medley relay that received an at large qualifier to nationals after just barely missing out on an automatic time. Also on that relay was Brian Tetreault on the 1200, freshman Bryan Murphy on the 400m and Sam Ellison on the 800m. I would expect McEntee to finish around fifth or sixth in the mile, and only God knows what will happen in the DMR.

For the women, there will be no opportunity to defend the national championship in the distance medley relay, due in large part to the lack of one Sheila Reid. The best chance at a championship this year is Emily Lipari in the mile. Lipari thrives on championship style races where she can utilize her kick, and she's coming off multiple personal best performances this season. Also competing will be Shericka Ward in the 60 meter hurdles. Ward is inconsistent at times, but she's probably the best woman sprinter Villanova has had in the last decade.

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