Narrow loss in NCAA indoor Mile final fuels Villanova’s Piccirillo
“I was so close, but that’s definitely going to be motivation for the outdoor season. It’s time to get some redemption.”
By Dustin Filloy, The Indiana Gazette
The few tears Angel Piccirillo shed after falling less than a second short of winning her first NCAA title weren’t tears of joy.
The Villanova senior only remembers getting hit with a wave of frustration after watching Oklahoma State’s Kaela Edwards pass her late in the race to claim the NCAA Division I women’s indoor track & field title in the Mile on March 12 in Birmingham, Ala.
Although the Homer-Center graduate knew she let a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity slip through her hands, Piccirillo ultimately realized that the heartbreaking ending to her final indoor post-season will fuel her during her last season on the outdoor scene.
“That was probably the best I’ve ever competed on a national stage, but it was also the most bittersweet second place I’ve ever experienced,” she said.
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