2013 Penn Relays Distance Action: Women’s 4×800 American Record, Emily Lipari Impresses, Robby Andrews in Mile and Much More

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 by: LetsRun.com
April 27, 2013

The 119th Penn Relays Carnival concluded Saturday in Pennsylvania and we’ve got the distance highlights (college and pro) below.

In the sprints, the US won the men’s 4X100 and the men’s and women’s 4×400, as Jamaica and Shelly Ann Fraser won the 4×100.

Women’s 4X800: The American Record Gets Crushed

This was a new event at Penn this year on the Team USA vs the World level and the result was the old American record  (8:17.91) got crushed by two American teams. USA Red led by a 1:58.6 anchor by Alysia Montano was the winner.

Phoebe Wright’s 2:01.8 got USA blue out to the lead with Great Britain.

Brenda Martinez however took over for USA Red on the second leg. Martinez, who passed up a shot at winning $25,000 in the Drake Relays mile to run here, continued her fine start to 2013 by blasting a 2:00.6 to give USA Red the lead.

Ajee Wilson, the world junior record champion, now running pro for adidas instead of in the college ranks, ran 2:03.1 to keep the lead. She handed off to Alysia Montano who was chased by 2007 World Champion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya. It was no contest on the anchor as Montano opened her outdoor season with a 1:58.6 to give the US the win and the record.

Afterwards, Montano said, “I’m so incredibly proud of all these girls. I have the greatest faith in them, and I am so proud to be able to anchor this team to a win…I couldn’t ask for anything more. An American Record…”

QT: Martinez likely would have won at least $15,000 (or $25,000) if she had run Drake, but she leaves with an American record which is priceless.

QT: Montano opened up outdoors quick again. Last year her first race individually was a 1:57.37 win at Pre. Wonder what she’ll do this year?

Discuss: US Women’s 4×800 AR


1USA Red8:04.31Lea Wallace (2:02.0), Brenda Martinez (2:00.6), Ajee Wilson (2:03.1), Alysia Montano (1:58.6)USA-r
2Kenya8:07.58Winny Chebet (2:02.1), Eunice Sum (2:01.2), Hellen Obiri (2:02.8), Janeth Jepkosgei (2:01.5)KEN
3USA Blue8:10.99Phoebe Wright (2:01.8), Geena Gall (2:02.7), Alice Schmidt (2:02.8), LaTavia Thomas (2:03.7)USA-b
4Great Britain8:13.46Marilyn Okoro (2:01.8), Jemma Simpson (2:03.9), Lynsey Sharp (2:02.8), Tara Bird (2:05.0)GBR
5Canada8:14.85Melissa Bishop (2:02.2), Karine Belleau-Beliveau (2:03.2), Diane Cummins (2:02.9), Lemlem Bereket (2:06.)CAN
6Australia8:18.96Zoe Buckman (2:03.3), Anna Laman (2:03.7), Heidi Gregson (2:05.6), Selma Kajan (2:06.4)AUS
7Russia8:27.45Olga Lvova (2:04.5), Alena Glazkova (2:09.9), Svetlana Podosenova (2:04.2), Marina Pospelova (2:08.9)RUS
8Ethiopia8:30.65Dureti Edeo (2:09.2), Feyne Gudeto (2:10.6), Tizita Bogale (2:05.8), Alem Gereziher (2:05.1)ETH

Men’s Mile: Robby Andrews Kicks Too Soon

The men’s Olympic Development mile featured two former NCAA stars, former indoor mile record holder German Fernandez and former NCAA 800m champ, Robby Andrews.

Michael Rutt, moving up to the mile, stayed closest to the rabbit Sadiki White. Despite modest splits (59 (at finish), 1:58.6 (800 to go) , 3:00.6 (400 to go)), this one was strung out. However once the rabbit droped out 1000m in, Rutt slowed a little and by the bell, there was a single file group in contention for the win: Rutt, Andrews,  Tyler Mulder, Owen Dawson, Fernandez and Jonathan Sawe of Kenya.

Fernandez was a non-factor on the last lap as Sawe led for most of it. Andrews was in third going around the final turn and then he struck with a vengeance. Soon he was in the lead. It looked like the Robby Penn Relays magic.

However, Andrews had gone too hard too soon. He started fading down the homestretch and Rutt and Sawe both battled back by him and Tyler Mulder would come up as well. Sawe was best down the stretch and got the win 3:57.03 over Mulder.

Michael Rutt and Tyler Mulder, both better known as 800m runners, both joined the sub 4 club. Owen Dawson did as well. Update: And believe it or not, this was Robby Andrews first sub 4. He’d run 3:34.78 for 1500m before  (3:51-3:52 equivalent in the mile), but never sub 4.

German Fernandez had been ahead of Mulder at the bell but once the racing started on the backstretch lost contention with the leaders and ran 4:03.14 in his first race of 2013. (Anyone else remember Fernandez ran 3:34.60 last September in Berlin?)

QT: Andrews had a great burst with 150 to go. Too much too soon.

QT2: Welcome to the Sub 4 club to Mulder and Rutt and Dawson and Andrews.

Discuss: Penn Mile: Robby Andrews 3:57.82 for 4th at Penn, German Fernandez 4:03

Robby Andrews Shoots to the Lead On the Final Bend at Penn

Robby Andrews Shoots to the Lead On the Final Bend at Penn


Jonathan Sawe Wins 2013 Penn Relays Mile 

12Jonathan SaweKenya3:57.03
28Michael RuttNJ/NY TC3:57.18
319Tyler MulderNike3:57.37
41Robby Andrewsadidas3:57.82
54Owen Dawsonunattached3:59.74
618German FernandezNike4:03.14
77Christian GonzalezNJ/NY TC4:04.25
86Ryan RipleyRed Rock Running Company4:04.32
916Jeff WeinsteinNew York Athletic Club4:05.95
1017Nick HiltonRun Flagstaff4:06.37
1120Nat McLaughlinGreat Britain4:08.60
125Nick GuarinoSyracuse Chargers4:12.02
1315Robert RazickSouth Carolina4:12.84
1413Aidan WalshNYAC4:13.39
1511Ryan CunninghamNew York Athletic Club4:17.12
14Sadiki WhiteNJ/NY TCDNF

Collegiate Women’s 4×800 Emily Lipari’s 2:02.3 and the Penn Magic Gets Collegiate Record

Emily Lipari ran a surprising 2:02.25 anchor split to not only upset Oregon for the win, but also to break the collegiate record.

This one came down to the anchor. Lipari got the baton just a split second before Oregon’s Laura Roesler with LSU’s Charlene Lipsey further back but within striking distance. Everyone else was out of it.

The advantage was Roesler’s. Roesler, was the NCAA runner-up at 800m and an Olympic Trials semifinalist with a 2:01.75 pr. Lipari was the Big East XC champion with only a 2:06.7 800m pr.

Roesler went out in 61, with Lipari stalking her, to make it difficult for Lipsey to get back in it. Down the backstretch Lipsey did latch onto the back of the top 2.

Around the final turn, Roesler did what was expected, pull away from Lipari. Then, the unexpected happen, Lipari battled back down the homestretch. She found another gear and it was enough to get the win, the collegiate record and a huge PR, before the hometown Philadlephia crowd. What a run.

Lipari had anchored Villanova to the DMR win on Thursday and dedicated the win to Villanova Associate AD Gordon Finch who died unexpectedly earlier this month at 45. That had been somewhat expected. This one was a shocker.

Afterwards, Lipari said it was about guts and heart. She told the Philadelphia Inquirer, “I know Oregon’s a great team. But I can’t stand there wasting time thinking, ‘This girl does this. She’s potentially better than me.’ It’s all about guts, and it’s all about heart. So whoever they’re going to put on that leg doesn’t matter. These three [teammates] definitely set the tone to our race.”

QT: What a run by Lipari. Magical things can happen at Penn especially when it’s with teams with a storied Penn tradition and this was one such example.

QT2: Natoya Goule split 2:00.39 for LSU on leg #2. 

More: *Philly.com Article on ‘Nova’s 4×800 Win
 Emily Lipari Just Split 2:02.3 to Get Collegiate Record in 4X800 for Nova

Roesler Leads On the Homestretch

Roesler Leads On the Homestretch

Emily Lipari Has Just Enough at the Finish (More photos here)

Emily Lipari Has Just Enough at the Finish (More photos here)

1Villanova8:17.45Kelsey Margey (2:07.04), Angel Piccirillo (2:04.12), Nicky Akande (2:04.04), Emily Lipari (2:02.25)AD
2Oregon8:17.62Becca Friday (2:07.72), Annie Leblanc (2:04.98), Anne Kesselring (2:02.74), Laura Roesler (2:02.19)AA
3LSU8:19.43Samantha Levin (2:11.28), Natoya Goule (2:00.39), Nikita Tracey (2:05.59), Charlene Lipsey (2:02.19)AC
4Michigan8:25.95Meg Bellino (2:08.86), Jillian Smith (2:05.18), Danielle Pfeifer (2:07.16), Rebecca Addison (2:04.77)AG
5Georgetown8:27.15Deseree King (2:11.16), Chelsea Cox (2:01.62), Andrea Keklak (2:06.82), Katrina Coogan (2:07.57)AE
6Princeton8:27.26Kacie O’Neil (2:09.28), Greta Feldman (2:03.15), Cecilia Barowski (2:07.55), Alexis Mikaelian (2:07.29)AH
7Tennessee8:27.54Brittney Jackson (2:08.77), Kianna Ruff (2:04.90), Alexis Panisse (2:06.40), Nijgia Snapp (2:07.48)AB
8Duke8:40.96Rebecca Craigie (2:12.52), Cydney Ross (2:04.76), Anima Banks (2:10.03), Abby Farley (2:13.67)AF
9Maryland8:44.24Maryam Fikri (2:11.88), Myah Hicks (2:08.25), Emily VandeWater (2:12.88), Julie Sinkovitz (2:11.24)AP
10James Madison8:46.16Tiel Westbrook (2:11.83), Annie Reiner (2:10.41), Kelsey Langton (2:12.71), Erin Lopresti (2:11.23)AL
11Fordham8:48.06Kristen Stuart (2:12.67), Titi Fagade (2:10.15), Melissa Higgins (2:11.48), Mara Lieberman (2:13.78)AJ
12Albany8:48.83Sherez Mohamed (2:11.78), Kathryn Fanning (2:10.08), Brianne Bellon (2:12.82), Mackenzie Carter (2:14.16)AN
13Indiana9:07.49Brie Roller, Jordan Gray, Kelsey Duerksen, Ashley SeymourAM

Men’d DMR: Ethiopia over Kenya and the US

As DMR’s usually do, this one came down to the anchor and Aman Wote of Ethiopia was too good the final stretch as he beat Caleb Ndiku of Kenya. David Torrence and the USA red team were third with Bernard Lagat and USA blue in 4th.

On the opening leg, Andrew Wheating (2:52.2) kept the US red close enough to Kenya  (2:51.6, Anthony Chemut) so that after the 400 leg (44.8 Quintin Summers) the US was in the lead. USA 4th place finisher in London last year, Duane Solomon, ran a solo 1:45.0 split to keep the lead. Behind Solomon, Mohammed Aman of Ethiopia split a 1:44.0 to get Ethiopia back in it along with Kenya. Torrence had a decent lead when he got the baton, but Wote and Ndiku soon caught up to him and it was a three way race until the final 200m when Wote and Ndiku battled for the win.

Behind Torrence, Bernard Lagat had been in no-man’s land for a while until Ciaran O’Lionaird came up. Lagat split 3:54.6 in his first race of the outdoor track season (Lagat did run the NYC Half Marathon last month).  This was Torrence’s first track race of 2013 (he had run Carlsbad on the roads earlier in the month).

QT: Wote is a 3:35 guy. Him beating Ndiku is a little surprise.

QT2: It’s April we don’t read too much into Penn.

On the boards: DMR: Brit Throws a Tantrum After Falling Down, Ethiopia Wins

1Ethiopia9:16.34Aisinet Abiyot (2:53.5), Bereket Desta (46.0), Mohammed Aman (1:44.0), Aman Wote (3:52.8)ETH
2Kenya9:17.03Anthony Chemut (2:51.6), Kennedy KipKosgei Chepsiror (47.1), Timothy Kitum (1:45.4), Caleb Ndiku (3:52.9)KEN
3USA Red9:18.21Andrew Wheating (2:52.2), Quentin Summers (44.8), Duane Solomon (1:45.0), David Torrence (3:56.2)USAr
4USA Blue9:19.33Matthew Centrowitz (2:53.4), Kind Butler (45.5), Charles Jock (1:45.7), Bernard Lagat (3:54.8)USAb
5Ireland9:24.10Paul Robinson (2:52.8), Brian Gregan (45.9), Mark English (1:46.7), Ciaran O’Lionaird (3:58.7)IRL
6Australia9:28.74Collis Birmingham (2:52.8), Kurt Mulcahy (45.8), James Kaan (1:48.0), Ryan Gregson (4:02.1)AUS
7Canada9:29.15Kyle Smith (2:53.5), Mike Robertson (46.0), Geoff Harris (1:47.3), Matt Lincoln (4:02.4)CAN
8Morocco9:40.80Abdelhadi Labali (2:53.0), Marouane El Maadadi (51.2), Samir Jamma (1:50.7), Soufiyan Bouqantar (4:05.9)MAR
Great BritainDNFChris Warburton, Martyn Rooney, Joe Thomas, Matt McLaughlinGBR


 Collegiate 4xMile: Oregon Wins

This one got tactical on the anchor legs, but former NCAA indoor runner-up in the mile, Mac Fleet brought it home for Oregon over Indiana’s Andy Bayer.

QT: Oregon won despite a 4:10 opener by Chris Brewer. Matt Miner went 3:59.9 on the 2nd leg to get them back in it. (Villanova’s Jordan Williamsz’s 3:58.7 on leg 2 was the only other sub 4 clocking).

QT2: Shout out to Yale in 5th place. Wejo is proud.

1Oregon16:17.57Chris Brewer (4:10.9), Matt Miner (3:59.9), Jeramy Elkaim (4:03.6), Mac Fleet (4:03.2)C
2Indiana16:18.29Robby Nierman (4:06.9), Zachary Mayhew (4:02.7), Adam Behnke (4:05.5), Andrew Bayer (4:03.2)B
3Villanova16:18.53Alex Tully (4:11.4), Jordan Williamsz (3:58.7), Robert Denault (4:04.6), Sam McEntee (4:03.8)F
4Penn State16:19.72Tyler Corkedale (4:07.8), Matt Fischer (5:05.3), Ricky West (4:01.4), Sam Masters (4:05.2)E
5Yale16:20.35John McGowan (4:07.8), Matt Nussbaum (4:05.3), Tim Hillas (4:03.9), James Shirvell (4:03.4)G
6Columbia16:21.53Joe Kotran (4:08.9), Mark Feigen (4:02.3), John Gregorek (4:3.2), Daniel Everett (4:07.1)A
7Georgetown16:24.43Bobby Peavey (4:08.6), Andrew Springer (4:03.8), Michael Lederhouse (4:03.7), Billy Ledder (4:08.3)D
8Duke16:37.52Nate McClafferty (4:08.7), Brian Schoepfer (4:05.9), Mike Moverman (4:10.7), James Kostelnik (4:12.2)H
9Dartmouth16:41.21Steve Mangan, Henry Sterling, John Bleday, Will GeogheganL
10Army16:50.74Nathan Fisher, Robert Barger, Mark Castelli, Kevin RussellR
11Boston College16:52.90Jack Linehan, Joseph McConaughy, Collin Fedor, Jordan HammP
12Clemson16:56.74Aaron Ramirez, Roland Hakes, James Dwyer, Ty McCormackS

Men’s 4X800 Penn State Wins Again

Penn state went wire to wire here but it was Cas Loxsom’s 1:46.3 3rd leg that blew it open for them. That helped Loxsom be named collegiate athlete of the meet at Penn (Penn State also won the DMR on Friday)

QT: After running 3:58.7 in the 4X mile, Jordan Williamsz ran 1:47.73 here just 4 hours later.

1Penn State7:14.14Robby Creese (1:50.53), Za’Von Watkins (1:48.22), Casimir Loxsom (1:46.30), Brannon Kidder (1:49.10)AA
2Villanova7:17.37Dusty Solis (1:51.12), Jordan Williamsz (1:47.73), Christopher Fitzsimons (1:51.11), Samuel Ellison (1:47.43)AD
3Georgia Tech7:20.63Cole Jackob (1:52.98), Zack Fanelty (1:49.46), Jeremy Greenwald (1:50.73), Brandon Lasater (1:47.48)AK
4Duke7:20.97Thomas Meister (1:53.06), Kyle Moran (1:50.34), Michael Filipczak (1:49.31), Curtis Beach (1:48.27)AH
5Princeton7:21.62Michael Williams (1:51.05), Nathan Mathabane (1:49.41), Michael Palmisano (1:52.27), Bradley Paternostro (1:48.90)AI
6Kentucky7:22.53Robbie Scharold (1:52.00), Matt Hillenbrand (1:49.25), Sean Keane (1:51.41), Keffri Neal (1:49.88)AP
7Brown7:23.51Henry Tufnell (1:52.71), Ned Willig (1:48.86), Colin Savage (1:50.76), Tyler Benster (1:51.18)AS
8La Salle7:27.60Sean Mallon (1:54.08), Wayne Bartholomew (1:50.20), Bret Shepherd (1:52.49), Paul Reilly (1:50.84)AL
9UConn7:27.83Alvaro Chavez (1:51.42), Robert Rhodes (1:51.39), Tim Bennatan (1:52.07), Alex Bennatan (1:52.97)


Women’s Mile: Olympic Champ Nancy Langat on Her Way Back?

Nancy Langat was the 2008 Olympic 1500m champ. Last year she wasn’t even on the Olympic team and only broke 4:10 for 1500m once. She dominated the women’s mile here and ran a sub 4:10 effort.


11Nancy LangatKenya4:28.50
22Kelly WilliamsUnattached4:38.08
314Amanda EcclestonMichigan4:38.09
47Heather WilsonNJ/NY TC4:38.12
56Danielle TauroNJ/NY TC4:38.33
63Kerri GallagherPacers New Balance4:39.30
79Chrissy SupinoUnattached4:39.44
813Shannon OsikaMichigan4:39.72
912Chloe PhillipsMississippi State4:44.44
1010Jesse CarlinUnattached4:46.35
118Kelsey RoseJenkintown Running Co.4:48.40

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