Déjà Vu: Villanova And Emily Lipari Kick Past Cuffe And Stanford For 4 X 1,500 Crown
April 25, 2014
The end of the women’s 4 x 1,500 today at Penn Relays was almost an exact replay of yesterday’s women’s DMR. On the anchor leg, Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe, the 2014 NCAA 5,000 runner-up, had the baton and was in the lead, setting an honest pace. But right behind her was 2014 NCAA indoor mile champ Emily Lipari of Villanova.
When a 5k runner and a miler are matched up in a 1,500, you know how it’s going to end. Once again, Cuffe did her best to try to break Lipari. Once again, Lipari let her get a tiny bit of daylight with 200 remaining before storming back in the last 100 to take victory for Villanova in 17:16.52 after a 4:16.4 split. Cuffe, who split 4:16.6, and Stanford were second in 17:16.74.
Dartmouth’s six-time NCAA champion Abbey D’Agostino ran a great 4:08.0 anchor leg, the second-fastest split in Penn history, to get third for Dartmouth in 17:20.87.
Quick Take #1: A record 9th win for Villanova in this event but their first since 2000. The women’s 4 x 1,500 only started in 1989 and ‘Nova won 8 of the first 12, but zero since.
Quick Take #2: A good run by D’Agostino. Given her lofty standards, we found her 15:30 third place showing at Mt. SAC last week to be a little disappointing. This split will likely quiet those wondering if her collegiate career might end with an upset loss to Texas’ NCAA 5,000 leader Marielle Hall.
– Penn Relays (@thepennrelays) April 25, 2014
|1||Villanova||17:16.52||Stephanie Schappert (4:22.3), Angel Piccirillo (4:17.4), Nicky Akande (4:20.4), Emily Lipari (4:16.4)||AB|
|2||Stanford||17:16.74||Claudia Saunders (4:22.6), Amy Weissenbach (4:17.4), Jessica Tonn (4:20.1), Aisling Cuffe (4:16.6)||AC|
|3||Dartmouth||17:20.87||Abby Markowitz (4:27.4), Dana Giordano (4:16.4), Margaret Donovan (4:29.1), Abbey D’Agostino (4:08.0)||AE|
|5||Columbia||17:56.59||Olivia Sadler (4:24.4), Waverly Neer (4:22.0), Anna Williams (4:33.5), Trina Bills (4:36.7)||AH|
|6||Georgetown||18:02.84||Hannah Neczypor (4:26.6), Haley Pierce (4:31.3), Annamarie Maag (4:27.5), Kirsten Kasper (4:37.4)||AD|
|7||Mississippi State||18:08.45||Rhianwedd Price (4:22.8), Katie Huston (4:32.9), Cornelia Griesche (4:28.9), Emma Neigel (4:43.9)||AM|
|8||Tennessee||18:13.47||Amirah Johnson (4:24.0), Chelsea Blaase (4:38.8), Kelsey Kane (4:38.3), Alexis Panisse (4:32.4)||AF|
|Texas A&M||DNF||Hillary Montgomery, Grace Fletcher, Ashley Chamberlain, Katie Willard||AN|
|UConn||DNF||Emily Durgin (4:27.4), Abby Mace (4:53.9), Lauren Sara (4:36.1), Lisa Zimmer|