Déjà Vu: Villanova And Emily Lipari Kick Past Cuffe And Stanford For 4 X 1,500 Crown

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by LetsRun.com
April 25, 2014

Déjà vu.

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.

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

RESULTS

PLSCHOOL/AFFILIATIONMARKATHLETESID
1Villanova17:16.52Stephanie Schappert (4:22.3), Angel Piccirillo (4:17.4), Nicky Akande (4:20.4), Emily Lipari (4:16.4)AB
2Stanford17:16.74Claudia Saunders (4:22.6), Amy Weissenbach (4:17.4), Jessica Tonn (4:20.1), Aisling Cuffe (4:16.6)AC
3Dartmouth17:20.87Abby Markowitz (4:27.4), Dana Giordano (4:16.4), Margaret Donovan (4:29.1), Abbey D’Agostino (4:08.0)AE
4New Mexico17:35.25AI
5Columbia17:56.59Olivia Sadler (4:24.4), Waverly Neer (4:22.0), Anna Williams (4:33.5), Trina Bills (4:36.7)AH
6Georgetown18:02.84Hannah Neczypor (4:26.6), Haley Pierce (4:31.3), Annamarie Maag (4:27.5), Kirsten Kasper (4:37.4)AD
7Mississippi State18:08.45Rhianwedd Price (4:22.8), Katie Huston (4:32.9), Cornelia Griesche (4:28.9), Emma Neigel (4:43.9)AM
8Tennessee18:13.47Amirah Johnson (4:24.0), Chelsea Blaase (4:38.8), Kelsey Kane (4:38.3), Alexis Panisse (4:32.4)AF
Texas A&MDNFHillary Montgomery, Grace Fletcher, Ashley Chamberlain, Katie WillardAN
IndianaDNFAP
UConnDNFEmily Durgin (4:27.4), Abby Mace (4:53.9), Lauren Sara (4:36.1), Lisa Zimmer
Relays Top 10
17:08.34Tennessee2009
17:11.80Georgetown2009
17:14.55Washington2009
17:14.91Tennessee2010
17:15.41Villanova2010
17:15.47Michigan2013
17:15.62Michigan2007
17:16.50Oregon2013
17:17.57Villanova2013
17:18.10Villanova1990
Recent Champions
2013Michigan17:15.47
2012Oregon17:29.00
2011Boston College17:25.19
2010Tennessee17:14.91
2009Tennessee17:08.34
2008Michigan17:28.98
2007Michigan17:15.62
2006Stanford17:18.63
2005Stanford17:38.16
2004Stanford17:26.88
Most Victories
9Villanova
3Stanford
3Michigan
2Wisconsin
2Tennessee
2North Carolina