PHILADELPHIA — Villanova completed its double on the track at the prestigious Penn Relays in the college women’s event category, setting a collegiate record Saturday in the 4x800 relay with a winning time of 8 minutes, 17.45 seconds.
Villanova also set a Penn Relays record and just edged Oregon by 0.17 seconds.
Homer-Center graduate Angel Piccirillo ran the second leg for the Wildcats, turning in a blistering split of 2:04.12.
“I can’t believe it,” Villanova head coach Gina Procaccio said. “This is the first 4x800 race I have even entered in the Penn Relays as a head coach and I just can’t stop smiling.”
This is the 10th time that the Wildcats have won the 4x800 relay at the Penn Relays, and the program has 32 total championships at the famed event, including wins in both the 4x800 and the distance medley relays this week.
A freshman, Piccirillo also ran on Villanova’s winning distance medley relay on the first day of the meet Thursday. She ran the 1,200-meter opening leg of that relay as the Wildcats won the relay for the 12th time overall.
“This is the relay that means the most, I think. It’s the most prestigious,” Procaccio said of the distance medley relay.
The previous collegiate record in the 4x800 was 8:17.91, set by Tennessee in 2009.