2013 Penn Relays: Villanova Women Win Record 11th Distance Medley Title

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A Well Deserved Win As ‘Nova Had The Fastest Splits On The 3 Longest Legs

by LetsRun.com
April 25, 2013

Indoors in the distance medley at NCAAs, Villanova and Michigan were way better than everyone else as Michigan won in 10:56.46, Villanova was second in 10:57.96 and no one else broke 11:00. With Michigan a late scratch, Villanova was the heavy favorite and they more than lived up the billing as they captured their 11th DMR title at Penn and second straight in 10:58.84. Kentucky was second in 11:04.45 with Columbia third in 11:07.68. Those three teams were clear of everyone else after the opening 1200 leg.

Villanova certainly deserved it as they had the best splits on the night on three of the four legs (1200, 800 and 1600).

The Start

The opening leg featured a back and forth battle between Villanova’s Angel Piccirillo (2 time Penn Relays mile champ in HS,  2:05 800 pb, 4:21 1500 pb) and Kentucky’s Chelsea Oswald (4:40 mile, 15:49 5k) throughout. The lead changed hands several times but in the end it was Piccirillo who handed off with a slight lead thanks to her 3:21.8 split. Oswald split 3:22.0 with a fast closing Erin Gillingham (4:20 1,500 pb) of Columbia third in 3:22.9.

On the 400 leg, Villanova coughed up the lead as they split 54.6 to Kentucky’s 53.3 but Nova more than made that back up on the 800 thanks to a great leg by Nicky Akande. Akanda who ran 2:04.56 last year but hadn’t run faster than 2:07 this year, split 2:04.7 to give anchor Emily Lipari (4:17 1500 pb) a somewhat comfortable 3+ second advantage as Kentucky’s Allison Peare (2:06.03 pb) could only manage a 2:09.1.

On the anchor, the former prep superstar, Lipari, ran a perfect anchor leg. She took it our fast (67) to discourage the anchors from Kentucky/Columbia and then settled into a steady pace of 71 for the second and third laps (2:18/3:29) before picking it back up on the last lap to record a strong split 4:37.7 split.

Full results as well as a recap of the high school women’s distance races below.

College Women’s Distance Medley Championship of America

EVENT 159THURSDAY 5:25 PM

Presented by Powerade
Presented in Memory of Jim Tuppeny
Records
NRVillanova10:48.381988Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
ARVillanova10:48.381988Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
PRVillanova10:48.381988Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
FFVillanova10:48.381988Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)

RESULTS

PLSCHOOL/AFFILIATIONMARKATHLETESID
1Villanova10:58.84Angel Piccirillo (3:21.8), Michaela Wilkins (54.6), Nicky Akande (2:04.7), Emily Lipari (4:37.7)AA
2Kentucky11:04.45Chelsea Oswald (3:22.0), Morganne Phillips (53.3), Allison Peare (2:09.1), Cally Macumber (4:40.0)AC
3Columbia11:07.68Erin Gillingham (3:22.9), Sharay Hale (54.1), Trina Bills (2:06.8), Waverly Neer (4:43.9)AH
4Princeton11:10.13Alexis Mikaelian (3:24.8), Cecilia Barowski (54.3), Kacie O’Neil (2:08.8), Greta Feldman (4:42.2)AJ
5North Carolina11:12.92Annie LeHardy (3:25.6), Cori Floyd (57.0), Elizabeth Whelan (2:12.9), Lianne Farber (4:37.4)AM
6Penn State11:17.53Marta Klebe (3:24.4), Marlene Ricketts (56.3), Sarah Jane Underwood (2:09.5), Caitlin Lane (4:47.3)AL
7Georgetown11:22.08Andrea Keklak, Deseree King, Chelsea Cox, Katrina CooganAD
8LSU11:22.71Laura Carleton (3:27.2), Latoya McDermott (55.6), (2:12.9), Charlene Lipsey (4:47.0)AI
9Indiana11:29.07Kelsey Duerksen (3:28.4), Elise Hunter (57.9), Jordan Gray (2:10.2), Samantha Gwin (4:52.6)AQ
10Monmouth12:01.96Amanda Eller, Morgan Spann, Emily MacEwen, Kelsey MaherAT

High School Distance Action

Girls 3000
Stanford signee Sophie Chase, who was sixth at Foot Lockers in the fall, won her second straight 3000 and beat her winning time from last year (9:37.86) in the process.

EVENT 161THURSDAY 5:50 PM
Records
NRLos Alamos (N.M.)9:08.61975Lynn Bjorklund
PRDover (N.H.)9:15.31985Cathy Schiro

RESULTS

PLIDATHLETESCHOOL/AFFILIATIONMARK
15Sophie ChaseLake Braddock  (Burke, VA)9:35.52
22Margaret DrazbaSt. Marys  (St. Marys, WV)9:37.37
34Courtney SmithUnionville  (Kennett Square, PA)9:38.40
43Tessa BarrettAbington Heights  (Clarks Summit, PA)9:40.45
520Gianna FronteraNewburgh Free  (Newburgh, NY)9:45.49
613Megan CurhamVilla Walsh  (Morristown, NJ)9:46.76
726Allie KlimkiewiczOakton  (Vienna, VA)9:48.34
812Regan RomeDallas  (Dallas, PA)9:48.39
96Katie LemboPenfield  (Penfield, NY)9:49.39
109Caroline BeakesBethesda-Chevy Chase  (Bethesda, MD)9:49.76
117Hannah ChristenLake Braddock  (Burke, VA)9:50.58
1222Malia EllingtonDavidson  (Davidson, NC)9:53.09
1321Julie WilliamsTatnall  (Wilmington, DE)9:53.87
1418Grace DwyerNottingham  (Hamilton, NJ)9:56.50
151Bella BurdaArlington  (LaGrangeville, NY)9:59.71
1610Josette NorrisTenafly  (Tenafly, NJ)10:04.14
1714Kate ZendellSuffern  (Suffern, NY)10:04.67
1825Kaylee ScottHoly Names  (Albany, NY)10:11.77
1924Nicole ParkOcean Lakes  (Virginia Beach, VA)10:12.04
2011Veronica EderCentral Bucks East  (Doylestown, PA)10:13.27
2117Courtney ThompsonSt. John Vianney  (Holmdel, NJ)10:15.65
2219Madeline MontagueGreenwich Central  (Greenwich, NY)10:18.26
238Eliza DekkerDurham  (Durham, NC)10:18.50

Girls Mile

Canada’s Jamie Phelan came from more than 10 meters down with 200 meters remaining to take the race at the line in 4:50.66. Heading into the bell, Kennedy Weisner had a 6-7 meter lead over Reagan Anderson and when Anderson passed her with about 200 remaining the race seemed to belong to Anderson. But Phelan was lurking about 10 meters back and went from third to first to grab the narrow win as shown by the following screen shot:

Girls Mile 2013 Penn Relays

RESULTS

PLIDATHLETESCHOOL/AFFILIATIONMARK
11Jaimie PhelanSt. Mary’s  (Kitchener, ONT)4:50.60
27Reagan AndersonTatnall  (Wilmington, DE)4:50.66
35Kennedy WeisnerElk County  (Saint Marys, PA)4:52.76
414Amelia PaladinoUniversity  (Morgantown, WV)4:56.57
510Emily KaplanGeorgetown Visitation  (Washington, DC)4:57.26
69Marissa ShevaPennridge  (Perkasie, PA)4:57.88
715Marin WarnerHolmdel  (Holmdel, NJ)4:59.74
811Tiana GuevaraMiller Place  (Miller Place, NY)5:00.23
916Macey SchweikertRobinson  (Fairfax, VA)5:00.59
103Sara SargentPennsbury  (Fairless Hills, PA)5:01.52
112Maddy BerksonClassical  (Providence, RI)5:02.01
1213Catherine MaloyHoly Names  (Albany, NY)5:02.66
136Katie FortnerCave Spring  (Roanoke, VA)5:03.50
1417Megan WilsonSidwell Friends  (Washington, DC)5:03.57
158Laura LeffWest Genesee  (Camillus, NY)5:04.98
1618Kelly HayesPearl River  (Pearl River, NY)5:08.07
1712Sydney BadgerCentennial   (Las Vegas, NV)DNS

Girls High School DMR

EVENT 163THURSDAY 6:05 PM
Records
NRHarvard-Westlake (No. Hollywood, Calif.)11:22.232011Amy Weissenbach (3:24.85), K.C. Cord (58.45), Lauren Hansson (2:13.70), Cami Chapus (4:45.23)
PRTatnall (Wilmington, Del.)11:28.862012Reagan Anderson (3:35.7), Lindsay Voltz (57.8), Julie Williams (2:12.5), Haley Pierce (4:42.9)

RESULTS

PLSCHOOL/AFFILIATIONMARKATHLETESID
1Benjamin Cardozo  (Oakland Gardens, NY)11:45.69Denise Branch (3:36.9), Deajah Stevens (53.2), Shaniqua Kirtpatrick (2:21.8), Sabrina Southerland (4:53.8)A
2Germantown Friends  (Philadelphia, PA)11:55.99Sarah Walker (3:35.6), Taryn Milbourne (58.2), Brigit Andersson (2:22.6), Eliza Lukens-Day (4:59.6)L
3Warwick Valley  (Warwick, NY)11:57.08Darby Ginley, Jessica Stokkeland, Katie FitzGerald, Megan ReillyI
4Bernards  (Bernardsville, NJ)11:57.96Zoe Wojtech, Brooke Savoye, Sydney Rudin, Laura QuintanaG
5West Springfield  (Springfield, VA)11:59.69Katie Kennedy, Reagan Bustamante, Maddie Wittich, Caroline AlcortaC
6Henderson  (West Chester, PA)12:01.63Natalie Deacon, Haley Maturani, Marielle Moy, Stephanie AldrichE
7West Morris Mendham  (Mendham, NJ)12:07.02Abby Seel, Skye Tonnesen, Reagan Kolakowski, Mackenzie BarryD
8Northern Highlands  (Allendale, NJ)12:11.22Madison Holleran, Emma Sullivan, Anna Richard, Ariana NorthF
9Lenape  (Medford, NJ)12:14.61Camille Franklin, Ana de las Heras, Emily McGee, Amanda RestivoB
10Ridgewood  (Ridgewood, NJ)12:16.29Kelly Cleary, Micaela McPadden, Laura Weisberger, Catherine PaganoO
11Toms River South  (Toms River, NJ)12:23.08Chelsea Smith, Alyssa Wamsley , Hannah Cooper, Molly ApplegateN
12Central Bucks East  (Doylestown, PA)12:27.98Elizabeth Morris, Dara Lindsey, Louise Huuki, Elizabeth HuukiP
13Syosset  (Syosset, NY)12:30.77Henna Rustami, Erika Moran, Jade Knaster, Lauren GruberJ
14Haddonfield Memorial  (Haddonfield, NJ)12:31.80Shelby Cain, Grace Baccare, Olivia Blaber, Meghan MalloyM
15Southern Regional  (Manahawkin, NJ)12:34.14Courtney Muraczewski, Brianna Angellella, Melana Hammel, Jillian SmithK


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