Villanova And Emily Lipari Repeat As Women’s DMR Champions At Penn Relays

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by LetsRun.com
April 24, 2014

With NCAA indoor mile champ Emily Lipari on the anchor leg, and all of the team members from last year’s winning team back, Villanova had to be feeling pretty confident heading into the college women’s distance medley relay today at the 2014 Penn Relays.

In the end, Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe did her very best on the anchor leg to break Lipari, getting close to a 1-second lead with 200 to go by running fast throughout, but Lipari turned on the jets with about 150 to go and passed Cuffe in the homestretch to get the win in 10:57.35 after a 4:33.45 anchor leg, as Villanova defended a women’s DMR crown for the first time in 20 years.

Stanford and Cuffe ended up a well-deserved second in 10:57.64. Georgetown was third in 11:06.14 as Dartmouth – behind a 4:35.10 split by Abbey D’Agostino (the second fastest of the day behind Lipari) – passed a fading Laura Roesler (4:44.28 split), the NCAA indoor 800 champ for Oregon, for fourth 11:06.31 to 11:06.89.

Emily Lipari celebrates 2014 Penn Relays win

Emily Lipari celebrates 2014 Penn Relays win

The Race

The race from basically the end of the first lap to the start of the last lap was a four-team affair for the win between Villanova, Stanford, Georgetown and Oregon as no one else in the field could stay within three seconds of the strong opening leg of Stanford’s Amy Weissenbach (3:24.84 off of roughly a 2:20-1 first 800).

After the 400 leg, Stanford led by more than a second-and-a-half but 300 meters later, the top four teams were all bunched together. At the start of the anchor leg, Stanford led by roughly half a second over Roesler and Oregon but Lipari went out hard and got right on Cuffe’s shoulder 200 meters into the anchor leg.

Lipari stayed right behind Cuffe the entire leg as Cuffe kept the pace honest and ran 67-70-70 as  it turned into a two-team affair over the last lap. As the top two ran down the backstretch, Cuffe started to create a little bit of daylight between herself and Lipari, but anyone who has seen Lipari in the past knew what was likely to come if Lipari was on her game – a big, kick. Come it did, and Lipari and the Wildcats were the winners.

Quick Take #1: A record 13th title for the Villanova women. No one else is close. Tennessee is next on the all-time list with 5.

Quick Take #1: All the publicity and attention after this one, particularly in the local Philly papers, will go Lipari and Villanova and it’s well-deserved. But we sure were impressed by Cuffe. A great run by the 2014 NCAA indoor runner-up in the 5,000, who had just a 4:23.57 1,500 PR coming into outdoors (since improved to 4:19.60 at the Stanford Invite).

College Women’s Distance Medley Championship Of America

EVENT 158 THURSDAY 5:20 PM

Presented by Core Power
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
1Villanova10:57.35Stephanie Schappert (3:25.00), Michaela Wilkins (54.40), Nicky Akande (2:04.51), Emily Lipari (4:33.45)AA
2Stanford10:57.64Amy Weissenbach (3:24.84), Kristyn Williams (52.37), Claudia Saunders (2:04.58), Aisling Cuffe (4:35.86)AB
3Georgetown11:06.14Andrea Keklak (3:25.44), Amanda Kimbers (53.52), Sabrina Southerland (2:04.86), Rachel Schneider (4:42.34)AD
4Dartmouth11:06.31Dana Giordano (3:29.61), Elizabeth Markowitz (54.32), Megan Krumpoch (2:07.29), Abbey D’Agostino (4:35.10)AE
5Oregon11:06.89Megan Patrignelli (3:26.35), Chizoba Okodogbe (52.65), Samantha Murphy (2:03.63), Laura Roesler (4:44.28)AC
6Texas11:16.76Connor Ward (3:37.19), Danielle Dowie (53.56), Katie Hoaldridge (2:06.16), Marielle Hall (4:39.87)AJ
7Duke11:18.29Anima Banks (3:28.95), Madeline Kopp (53.42), Abby Farley (2:09.56), Haley Meier (4:46.38)AF
8Harvard11:18.59Kieran Gallagher (3:31.75), Olivia Abbate (55.89), Erika Veidis (2:06.55), Molly Renfer (4:44.41)AK
9Columbia11:18.85Olivia Sadler (3:28.85), Jaycee Parker (55.43), Trina Bills (2:08.54), Waverly Neer (4:46.04)AH
10N.C. State11:22.88Megan Moye (3:30.73), Denae Ford (55.51), Kenyetta Iyevbele (2:06.45), Ryanna Henderson (4:50.21)AO
11Mississippi State11:25.06Katie Huston (3:32.60), Keisha Wallace (55.51), Ocian Archer (2:14.31), Rhianwedd Price (4:42.66)AM
12UConn11:26.57Laura Williamson (3:35.63), Paris Taft (56.97), Faith Dismuke (2:09.50), Brigitte Mania (4:44.48)AN
13New Mexico11:31.02AI
14Princeton11:45.69Zoe Sims (3:36.43), Emily Broyles (59.47), Kristin Smoot (2:11.16), Molly Higgins (4:58.65)
History – Relays Top 10
10:48.38Villanova1988
10:49.58Michigan2008
10:49.81Villanova1990
10:50.51Tennessee2008
10:51.49Georgetown2011
10:53.27Villanova1984
10:53.37Villanova1989
10:53.97Tennessee1984
10:54.08Tennessee1990
10:54.65Tennessee2010
Recent Champions
2013Villanova10:58.84
2012Villanova11:01.03
2011Georgetown10:51.49
2010Tennessee10:54.65
2009Tennessee11:02.11
2008Michigan10:49.58
2007Tennessee11:09.16
2006Villanova10:57.03
2005Duke11:10.18
2004Tennessee10:59.35
Most Victories
13Villanova
5Tennessee
3North Carolina
3Virginia
2Wisconsin
2Michigan
2Georgetown
Cuffe and Lipari broke away as they approached the bell

Cuffe and Lipari broke away as they approached the bell

Cuffe sill led leading into the last 100

Cuffe sill led leading into the last 100

High School Girls’ 3,000m Championship

After a 5:10 first 1,600, the race seemed to belong to Foot Locker runner-up Hannah DeBalsi and a lap later there was no doubt as she’d win in 9:34.57.

EVENT 160 THURSDAY 5:45 PM
Presented by Clear Channel
Records
NRCamas (Wash.)9:00.612014Alexa Efraimson
PRDover (N.H.)9:15.31985Cathy Schiro

RESULTS

PLIDATHLETESCHOOL/AFFILIATIONMARK
12Hannah DeBalsiStaples  (Westport, CT)9:34.57
27Hannah ChristenLake Braddock  (Burke, VA)9:37.57
311Regan RomeDallas  (Dallas, PA)9:37.71
428Paige StonerPottsville Area  (Pottsville, PA)9:37.81
519Grace DwyerNottingham  (Hamilton, NJ)9:48.59
69Dana KleinGill St. Bernard’s  (Gladstone, NJ)9:53.39
712Anna FlynnUrsuline School  (New Rochelle, NY)9:53.42
88Katie LemboPenfield  (Penfield, NY)9:55.71
94Kayla MontgomeryMount Tabor  (Winston-Salem, NC)9:58.21
1026Isabel GriffithDulaney  (Timonium, MD)10:00.19
1114Mackenzie BarryWest Morris Mendham  (Mendham, NJ)10:00.94
1217Libby DavidsonGlass  (Lynchburg, VA)10:04.99
1327Gianna FronteraNewburgh Free  (Newburgh, NY)10:05.51
145Mary Grace DoggettCardinal Gibbons  (Raleigh, NC)10:16.15
1525Sydney ClaryLincoln-Sudbury  (Sudbury, MA)10:17.18
1620Kirstin SandreuterGreely  (Cumberland, ME)10:18.50
1713Stephanie RyallWestdale  (Hamilton, ONT)10:20.62
1818Nicole ParkOcean Lakes  (Virginia Beach, VA)10:23.22
1921Adriana HooksLafayette  (Williamsburg, VA)10:25.26
24Adrienne FrackzkowskiDelaware Military  (Wilmington, DE)DNF

High School Girls’ Mile Run Championship

After opening splits of 70 for 409, 2:23 for 809 and 3:36 at the bell, this race was a three-person battle but there was zero doubt as to who was the best over the last 400 as West Virginia signee Amelia Paladino got the win in 4:45.34.

EVENT 161 THURSDAY 5:55 PM

Presented by Clear Channel
Records
NRUniversity (Irvine, Calif.)4:35.241982Polly Plumer
PRBronxville (NY)4:39.282012Mary Cain

RESULTS

PLIDATHLETESCHOOL/AFFILIATIONMARK
11Amelia PaladinoUniversity  (Morgantown, WV)4:45.34
29Ellie GonzalezCatholic  (Baltimore, MD)4:47.26
32Kennedy WeisnerElk County  (Saint Marys, PA)4:50.96
47Malia EllingtonDavidson  (Davidson, NC)4:51.16
516Marissa ShevaPennridge  (Perkasie, PA)4:51.22
611Kylene CochraneWest Morris Central  (Chester, NJ)4:55.30
717Shannon MurdockExeter  (Exeter, NH)4:56.37
812Tiana GuevaraMiller Place  (Miller Place, NY)4:57.97
915Julia GuerraIndian Hills  (Oakland, NJ)5:00.18
1013Marin WarnerHolmdel  (Holmdel, NJ)5:03.60
1110Kelly HayesPearl River  (Pearl River, NY)5:09.95
1214Celine MazziDelsea Regional  (Franklinville, NJ)5:13.98
5Macey SchweikertRobinson  (Fairfax, VA)DNF

High School Girls’ Distance Medley Championship Of America

Caroline Alcorta, a North Carolina signee, delivered a superb 4:46.46 anchor leg to get West Springfield a dominant victory. West Springfield also won the indoor nationals DMR.

EVENT 162THURSDAY 6:00 PM

Presented by Mazda
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
1West Springfield  (Springfield, VA)11:53.07Katie Kennedy (3:44.14), Michelle Lipka (1:01.62), Reagan Bustamante (2:20.86), Caroline Alcorta (4:46.46)A
2Haddonfield Memorial  (Haddonfield, NJ)12:02.37Shelby Cain (3:45.86), Carly Bonnet (59.71), Kaitlyn Bonnet (2:15.52), Briana Gess (5:01.29)B
3Northern Highlands  (Allendale, NJ)12:02.79Anna Richard (3:48.62), Amanda Pook (58.01), Hilary McElwain (2:23.89), Catherine Pagano (4:52.28)L
4Randolph  (Randolph, NJ)12:03.07Carole Harsch (3:44.24), Margaret Thomson (1:03.00), Nora May McSorley (2:15.35), Liz Wellamn (5:00.49)M
5Suffern  (Suffern, NY)12:04.88Kate Zendell (3:42.04), Imani Solan (56.72), Kamryn McIntosh (2:14.21), Rachel Ludwikowski (5:11.93)J
6Garnet Valley  (Glen Mills, PA)12:05.33Liz McGroarty (3:40.75), Gabby Irving (58.70), Katie Keyser (2:16.10), Skyler Berardi (5:09.80)O
7Mamaroneck  (Mamaroneck, NY)12:11.37Katie DeVore (3:41.26), Kennedy Whittington-Cooper (1:01.91), Shari Rauls (2:17.87), Lauren Chapey (5:10.33)H
8W.W. Plainsboro South  (Princeton Junction, NJ)12:12.13Christina Rancan (3:43.36), Edwina Gulama (1:00.08), Edlyn Gulama (2:21.11), Deirdre Casey (5:07.60)I
9Cardinal O’Hara  (Springfield, PA)12:14.16Amy Kelly (3:44.07), Marissa Cicione (1:00.13), Grace Mancini (2:19.05), Erin Dolan (5:10.92)N
10La Salle Academy  (Providence, RI)12:14.93Karina Tavares (3:48.94), Amanda Joyal (1:01.32), Sheridan Wilbur (2:19.98), Eliza Rego (5:04.70)G
11Ocean City  (Ocean City, NJ)12:18.90Epiphany Grisbaum (4:01.69), Cierra Granger (49.83), Rachel Stremme (2:17.36), Bridget Flynn (5:10.04)F
12Unionville  (Kennett Square, PA)12:20.47Gretchen Mills (3:50.22), Taylor Thames (1:11.63), Anna Juul (2:21.42), Olivia Young (4:57.22)E
13Benjamin Cardozo  (Oakland Gardens, NY)12:20.49Shaniqua Kirkpatrick (3:55.59), Alana Williams (58.13), Nia Lundy (2:22.20), Denise Branch (5:04.59)C
14St. John Vianney  (Holmdel, NJ)12:35.82Brenna Remick (3:48.67), Monica Heil (1:01.46), Katie DiFrancesco (2:33.54), Tara Connelly (5:12.15)P
15Warwick Valley  (Warwick, NY)12:53.35Agnes Eigo (3:52.24), Greer Liguori (59.30), Lauren Rothstein (2:35.15), Darby Ginley (5:26.67)K
EVENT HISTORY
Relays Top 10
11:28.86Tatnall
(DE)
2012
11:34.46Fayetteville-Manlius
(NY)
2011
11:36.10North Shore
(NY)
2011
11:38.69Blacksburg
(VA)
2010
11:39.29North Shore
(NY)
2012
11:40.51Vere Technical
(JAM)
1992
11:41.28San Lorenzo Valley
(CA)
2000
11:42.16Roxbury
(NJ)
2008
11:42.49Saratoga Springs
(NY)
2008
11:43.65Vere Technical
(JAM)
1994
Recent Champions
2013Benjamin Cardozo
(NY)
11:45.69
2012Tatnall
(DE)
11:28.86
2011Fayetteville-Manlius
(NY)
11:34.46
2010Blacksburg
(VA)
11:38.69
2009Tatnall
(DE)
11:49.37
2008Roxbury
(NJ)
11:42.16
2007Southern Regional
(NJ)
11:45.54
2006Suffern
(NY)
11:48.31
2005Warwick Valley
(NY)
11:47.65
2004Saratoga Springs
(NY)
11:45.62