June 8, 2000 |
Second-year Villanova track and field coach Marcus O'Sullivan always has maintained that assistant Gina Procaccio, another former Wildcat, has been running the women's half of the program. Now it's official. Yesterday, he announced that Procaccio will assume the duties of head women's coach for track and cross country. O'Sullivan will remain as director for both sports, while he focuses his attention on continuing the rebuilding process on the men's side. "When I took over, we initiated a strategic plan that would give both programs the best opportunity to be of national caliber," O'Sullivan said.
February 25, 1995 |
So far this season, their races have hardly been special, but sprinters Dennis Mitchell and Jon Drummond say they could make up for that today when they meet again in the Mobil Invitational indoor track meet at George Mason University. Mitchell and Drummond will race each other yet again in the men's 60-meter dash. Each hopes to get a lift, and lose a split-second or two, from GMU's exceedingly fast, synthetic track. "That straightaway surface is so fast it almost pushed me into the next hurdle," said Jackie Joyner-Kersee, shortly after she broke the American 60- meter hurdles record in the 1989 Mobil invitational.
April 29, 2014 |
V ILLANOVA'S WOMEN'S track team did it again. The Wildcats won the 4 x 800 Championship of America on Saturday to sweep the three distance races at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field for the second straight year. The Wildcats won in 8:21.49, marking the first time ever that a Villanova women's team had won consectuive titles using the same runners. Kelsey Margey opened with a 2:06.33, followed by Angel Piccirillo (2:06.00), Nicky Akande (2:05.67), and Emily Lipari (2:03.50)
November 21, 2011 |
The Villanova women will attempt to win their third consecutive team title Monday when they compete in the NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships at Terre Haute, Ind. The meet will be held concurrently with the NCAA Men's Cross Country Championships, for which the Villanova men's team qualified. The Wildcats women, coached by Gina Procaccio, are led once again by fifth-year senior Sheila Reid, who won the individual championship over the same Gibson Championship Course last year in a time of 20 minutes, 6.9 seconds.
April 25, 2015 |
It was Villanova senior Stephanie Schappert's first time on the anchor leg, her first time running the 1,600 meters at the end of the distance-medley relay at the Penn Relays. She ran 1,610. "I didn't even know where the finish line was," Schappert said. "I wasn't going to stop. I just kept going. " Schappert's ignorance was bliss in another way, too. She also was happily unaware that teammates Michaela Wilkins and Siofra Cleirigh Buttner bobbled their handoff between the 400-meter and 800-meter legs, nearly re-creating the disaster that disqualified the Wildcats in the distance-medley relay at the NCAA indoor championships in March in Fayetteville, Ark. "I didn't realize that happened," Schappert said.
October 7, 1994 |
Gina Procaccio certainly doesn't regret her decision to run in the Penn Relays this past spring. Not only did she set a meet record in the women's Olympic Development 1,500 meters with a time of 4 minutes, 9.25 seconds, but she also had an unofficial job interview. And that interview earned her a job as assistant coach of the women's cross-country and track teams at Villanova University. "(New Villanova coach) John Marshall came up to me at the Relays and said that he was going to go for the Villanova job once Marty (Stern)
June 8, 2000 |
In what was not so much a promotion as a title change, Gina Procaccio was named head coach of the Villanova women's track and cross-country teams yesterday by Marcus O'Sullivan, director of both sports at the Main Line school. Procaccio, 36, a 1987 Villanova graduate, has been a Wildcats assistant coach for five seasons (from 1994 to 1997 and from 1998 to the present), her responsibilities within the women's program increasing greatly in the two years since O'Sullivan was named to his current post.
April 27, 1987 |
Former Sun Valley star Gina Procaccio felt the euphoria of a Penn Relays victory on Thursday, but had to share what-might-have-been sentiments with many other participants two days later. Procaccio ran lead leg as the Villanova Wildcats won the distance medley relay, in 10:55.46 Thursday. Her personal best of 3:22 in the 1,200-meter first leg put Villanova in the lead. "I ran a little conservatively," Procaccio said later. "I just wanted to take the lead in. I knew we'd be OK from there.
April 23, 2008 |
Frances Koons never had a bird's-eye view of Penn's Franklin Field before. On the ninth floor of the Penn Towers, the Villanova distance runner listened to doctors discuss treatment options for kidney cancer. Out the window, Franklin Field sprawled across the landscape. "Just think: Nine months from now, we're going to be down there," Villanova track and field coach Gina Procaccio told her, "and we'll just look back up and think about all you've been through. " Nine months have passed, and Koons is returning to the Penn Relays at Franklin Field this weekend - the hallowed grounds where she raced as an Allentown Central Catholic High School star, where she won a distance medley relay gold medal in 2006, and where one second separated her from a repeat win last year.