Pope John Paul II high school's Stephanie Schappert, the daughter of former Villanova all-american Ken Schappert and sister of recent Villanova all-american Nicole Schappert, has signed a letter of intent to run for Villanova. Like Nicole in her day, Stephanie is a two-time Florida state champion in cross country. She is pictured above at the signing ceremony seated with her mother Jane. Her coaches are, standing from left to right, Nate Robinson, Jill Anderson, and Kevin Brown. Here are some excerpts from an article from the Sun Sentinal in Palm Beach discussing the signing.
Pope John Paul II's Stephanie Schappert, Palm Beach County's other dominant distance runner of the past four years, signed Wednesday with Villanova. Schappert, who has won multiple state titles in cross country and track, committed in October to follow the lead of older sister Nicole, who ran on Villanova's NCAA champion cross country team in 2009.
Schappert is also going to a program with a tradition of excellence in distance running. The Villanova women repeated as NCAA cross country champions in 2010, winning their ninth national title.
The program has produced numerous champions including the great miler Marty Liquori, who was a contemporary of Prefontaine.
"I'm so excited about starting a new career at Villanova," Schappert said recently. "I'm going to a great team with a history of track and field like no other school in the country."