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June 8, 2000 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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February 25, 1995 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 29, 2014 | Staff Report
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)
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November 21, 2011 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 7, 1994 | By Bill Doherty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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)
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June 8, 2000 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 27, 1987 | By Frank Lawlor, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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April 23, 2008 | By Jonathan Mattise INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 14, 2002 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Villanova's connection at the World Cross-Country Championships on March 23 and 24 in Dublin, Ireland, will extend to Canada. Carmen (Douma) Hussar, a 2000 Villanova graduate and current assistant coach, will be representing her native country in the 4,000-meter race. Hussar prefers the speed and smoothness of the track, but she knows that cross-country has its place as she pursues a world-class career as a long-distance runner and a possible berth on the 2004 Canadian Olympic team.
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April 25, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Emily Lipari departed Villanova after last season having won six Penn Relays watches, she was believed to have left a hole on the anchor leg too big for the Wildcats to fill while competing against some of the best runners in the country. But as senior Stephanie Schappert expressed with her terrific anchor leg Thursday in the women's distance-medley relay: no Lipari, no problem. Schappert outkicked Stanford's Elise Cranny in the final 150 meters of the 1,600-meter anchor leg to lift the Wildcats to their fourth consecutive victory in the DMR on a cold and blustery day at Franklin Field.
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April 25, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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April 24, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even Gina Procaccio concedes "it's hard to top last year," when Villanova won all three women's distance relays at the Penn Relays behind its wondrous anchor, Emily Lipari. Lipari has moved on to the professional ranks, but that doesn't mean the Wildcats coach isn't going to send out her best runners at Franklin Field on Thursday for the distance medley relay championship, which her team has won three straight years. "I think we can be just as competitive this year, maybe not in all three," Procaccio said.
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April 22, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcus O'Sullivan seems pleased to have "a lot of depth, more than ever before" on his Villanova men's track team that will attempt to handle both the pressure and some of the nation's best teams at Franklin Field in this week's 121st Penn Relays. Now the Wildcats' coach has to make sure he selects the right runners for each race and runs them in the correct order to maximize their chances against strong opponents like Oregon, Georgetown and Penn State. Just because he has a lot of depth, O'Sullivan said Monday at a Penn Relays news conference, "it doesn't mean you're going to get it done.
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April 28, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortly after Villanova's women had captured their third title at the Penn Relays, the school's men's team found itself in a we-need-to-save-face position. It would either earn some glory of its own or suffer a shutout. The Wildcats responded to the challenge late Saturday afternoon at sun-soaked and ancient Franklin Field, capturing the 4x800-meter Championship of America title in 7 minutes, 16.58 seconds. About 30 minutes earlier, Villanova's women, under coach Gina Procaccio, claimed top honors in the 4x800 in 8:21:49.
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April 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova's Emily Lipari and Stanford's Aisling Cuffe are familiar rivals going back to their high school days in New York state, and there they were again on Thursday, dueling down the stretch of the Penn Relays women's distance medley relay. With 200 meters left, it appeared as if Cuffe had opened up enough ground on Lipari to hold on, but the Wildcats senior had a different plan. Summoning strength and speed from somewhere deep inside, Lipari passed Cuffe with less than 50 meters to go and pulled out the victory for Villanova on a sunny and windy day at Franklin Field.
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April 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emily Lipari admits that her journey from high school star to NCAA champion for Villanova has included its share of rough patches, but the road has been smoother since her spectacular achievements at last year's Penn Relays. Lipari anchored the Wildcats to a pair of Championship of America titles in the distance medley and 4x800-meter relays, leading her team to a collegiate record in the latter race. In the fall, she finished fifth in the NCAA cross-country championships, and she capped her indoor season last month by capturing the women's mile in the NCAA track and field meet.
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