No. 5 Villanova strong in opener
Hogan and Akande finish one-two at Main Line Invitational
HAVERFORD, Pa. -- The first outing of the season was a successful one for Villanova at the Main Line Invitational, with senior Callie Hogan and sophomore Nicky Akande leading a group of 10 runners for the Wildcats by placing first and second, respectively, on the three-mile course at Haverford College early Thursday evening.
Despite high humidity on a warm afternoon, Villanova went out at a fast pace considering that this was the first race of the season and the team's top seven runners each covered the race course in under 18 minutes. Hogan crossed the finish line with a winning time of 16:43.99 and came in first out of 19 competitors in the race.
"The whole group went out faster than I thought they would," Villanova head coach Gina Procaccio said. "I was very happy to see that given the humidity this afternoon. That was a good sign to see them go out fast. This was a good start for us."
Akande came in second with a time of 16:49.49 and was followed by freshman Courtney Chapman in 17:06.62 to round out the top three. Freshman Stephanie Schappert was fourth (17:16.90), classmate Megan Venables placed fifth (17:34.41) and juniors Summer Cook and Meghan Smith placed sixth and seventh with times of 17:40.03 and 17:57.76, respectively.
The other three finishers for the Wildcats were junior Shannon Browne in 10th place (18:34.79), sophomore Mary Bohi in 12th (19:03.29) and junior Anna Francis in 13th (19:15.24).
In addition, freshman Amanda Borroughs competed as an unattached entry and raced to a ninth-place finish with a time of 18:09.61.