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
NR Villanova 10:48.38 1988 Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
AR Villanova 10:48.38 1988 Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
PR Villanova 10:48.38 1988 Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
FF Villanova 10:48.38 1988 Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)

RESULTS

PL SCHOOL/AFFILIATION MARK ATHLETES ID
1 Villanova 10:57.35 Stephanie Schappert (3:25.00), Michaela Wilkins (54.40), Nicky Akande (2:04.51), Emily Lipari (4:33.45) AA
2 Stanford 10:57.64 Amy Weissenbach (3:24.84), Kristyn Williams (52.37), Claudia Saunders (2:04.58), Aisling Cuffe (4:35.86) AB
3 Georgetown 11:06.14 Andrea Keklak (3:25.44), Amanda Kimbers (53.52), Sabrina Southerland (2:04.86), Rachel Schneider (4:42.34) AD
4 Dartmouth 11:06.31 Dana Giordano (3:29.61), Elizabeth Markowitz (54.32), Megan Krumpoch (2:07.29), Abbey D’Agostino (4:35.10) AE
5 Oregon 11:06.89 Megan Patrignelli (3:26.35), Chizoba Okodogbe (52.65), Samantha Murphy (2:03.63), Laura Roesler (4:44.28) AC
6 Texas 11:16.76 Connor Ward (3:37.19), Danielle Dowie (53.56), Katie Hoaldridge (2:06.16), Marielle Hall (4:39.87) AJ
7 Duke 11:18.29 Anima Banks (3:28.95), Madeline Kopp (53.42), Abby Farley (2:09.56), Haley Meier (4:46.38) AF
8 Harvard 11:18.59 Kieran Gallagher (3:31.75), Olivia Abbate (55.89), Erika Veidis (2:06.55), Molly Renfer (4:44.41) AK
9 Columbia 11:18.85 Olivia Sadler (3:28.85), Jaycee Parker (55.43), Trina Bills (2:08.54), Waverly Neer (4:46.04) AH
10 N.C. State 11:22.88 Megan Moye (3:30.73), Denae Ford (55.51), Kenyetta Iyevbele (2:06.45), Ryanna Henderson (4:50.21) AO
11 Mississippi State 11:25.06 Katie Huston (3:32.60), Keisha Wallace (55.51), Ocian Archer (2:14.31), Rhianwedd Price (4:42.66) AM
12 UConn 11:26.57 Laura Williamson (3:35.63), Paris Taft (56.97), Faith Dismuke (2:09.50), Brigitte Mania (4:44.48) AN
13 New Mexico 11:31.02 AI
14 Princeton 11:45.69 Zoe Sims (3:36.43), Emily Broyles (59.47), Kristin Smoot (2:11.16), Molly Higgins (4:58.65)
History – Relays Top 10
10:48.38 Villanova 1988
10:49.58 Michigan 2008
10:49.81 Villanova 1990
10:50.51 Tennessee 2008
10:51.49 Georgetown 2011
10:53.27 Villanova 1984
10:53.37 Villanova 1989
10:53.97 Tennessee 1984
10:54.08 Tennessee 1990
10:54.65 Tennessee 2010
Recent Champions
2013 Villanova 10:58.84
2012 Villanova 11:01.03
2011 Georgetown 10:51.49
2010 Tennessee 10:54.65
2009 Tennessee 11:02.11
2008 Michigan 10:49.58
2007 Tennessee 11:09.16
2006 Villanova 10:57.03
2005 Duke 11:10.18
2004 Tennessee 10:59.35
Most Victories
13 Villanova
5 Tennessee
3 North Carolina
3 Virginia
2 Wisconsin
2 Michigan
2 Georgetown
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
NR Camas (Wash.) 9:00.61 2014 Alexa Efraimson
PR Dover (N.H.) 9:15.3 1985 Cathy Schiro

RESULTS

PL ID ATHLETE SCHOOL/AFFILIATION MARK
1 2 Hannah DeBalsi Staples  (Westport, CT) 9:34.57
2 7 Hannah Christen Lake Braddock  (Burke, VA) 9:37.57
3 11 Regan Rome Dallas  (Dallas, PA) 9:37.71
4 28 Paige Stoner Pottsville Area  (Pottsville, PA) 9:37.81
5 19 Grace Dwyer Nottingham  (Hamilton, NJ) 9:48.59
6 9 Dana Klein Gill St. Bernard’s  (Gladstone, NJ) 9:53.39
7 12 Anna Flynn Ursuline School  (New Rochelle, NY) 9:53.42
8 8 Katie Lembo Penfield  (Penfield, NY) 9:55.71
9 4 Kayla Montgomery Mount Tabor  (Winston-Salem, NC) 9:58.21
10 26 Isabel Griffith Dulaney  (Timonium, MD) 10:00.19
11 14 Mackenzie Barry West Morris Mendham  (Mendham, NJ) 10:00.94
12 17 Libby Davidson Glass  (Lynchburg, VA) 10:04.99
13 27 Gianna Frontera Newburgh Free  (Newburgh, NY) 10:05.51
14 5 Mary Grace Doggett Cardinal Gibbons  (Raleigh, NC) 10:16.15
15 25 Sydney Clary Lincoln-Sudbury  (Sudbury, MA) 10:17.18
16 20 Kirstin Sandreuter Greely  (Cumberland, ME) 10:18.50
17 13 Stephanie Ryall Westdale  (Hamilton, ONT) 10:20.62
18 18 Nicole Park Ocean Lakes  (Virginia Beach, VA) 10:23.22
19 21 Adriana Hooks Lafayette  (Williamsburg, VA) 10:25.26
24 Adrienne Frackzkowski Delaware 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
NR University (Irvine, Calif.) 4:35.24 1982 Polly Plumer
PR Bronxville (NY) 4:39.28 2012 Mary Cain

RESULTS

PL ID ATHLETE SCHOOL/AFFILIATION MARK
1 1 Amelia Paladino University  (Morgantown, WV) 4:45.34
2 9 Ellie Gonzalez Catholic  (Baltimore, MD) 4:47.26
3 2 Kennedy Weisner Elk County  (Saint Marys, PA) 4:50.96
4 7 Malia Ellington Davidson  (Davidson, NC) 4:51.16
5 16 Marissa Sheva Pennridge  (Perkasie, PA) 4:51.22
6 11 Kylene Cochrane West Morris Central  (Chester, NJ) 4:55.30
7 17 Shannon Murdock Exeter  (Exeter, NH) 4:56.37
8 12 Tiana Guevara Miller Place  (Miller Place, NY) 4:57.97
9 15 Julia Guerra Indian Hills  (Oakland, NJ) 5:00.18
10 13 Marin Warner Holmdel  (Holmdel, NJ) 5:03.60
11 10 Kelly Hayes Pearl River  (Pearl River, NY) 5:09.95
12 14 Celine Mazzi Delsea Regional  (Franklinville, NJ) 5:13.98
5 Macey Schweikert Robinson  (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
NR Harvard-Westlake (No. Hollywood, Calif.) 11:22.23 2011 Amy Weissenbach (3:24.85), K.C. Cord (58.45), Lauren Hansson (2:13.70), Cami Chapus (4:45.23)
PR Tatnall (Wilmington, Del.) 11:28.86 2012 Reagan Anderson (3:35.7), Lindsay Voltz (57.8), Julie Williams (2:12.5), Haley Pierce (4:42.9)

RESULTS

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