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A National Champion and All-American Honors for Nova Track

-Runner’s World

Another quick break, to give some overdue praise…

As Villanova was gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day and Selection Sunday celebrations, big things were happening on the other side of the country. The Indoor Track National Championships took place at Albuquerque, New Mexico. Emily Lipari found herself coming down the homestretch with four runners ahead of her. They never truly separated themselves from the rest of the crowd. Lipari never fell further than sixth at any point during the race of ten finalists. In the final leg of the race, she powered her way past everyone in her way to a first place finish with a time of 4:38.82 in the mile race. It was Lipari’s first career individual NCAA title. She was a part of the National Champion Distance Medley Relay team during her freshman year. Lipari’s title is the fourth individual title ever won by a woman at Villanova. The previous three were won by Olympians Vicki Huber and two by Carmen Douma, pretty good company.

Yesterday, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) the All-American list in Division I NCAA Track. As for All-Americans, Villanova Track has many. There are a number of All-Americans on the men’s and women’s teams. Both teams enjoyed great seasons that included Big East Champions and record-setting performances.

Men’s First Team All-American:
Samuel Ellison – Sr., 800m (6th Career All-American Honor)
Jordy Williamsz – So., Mile Run (2nd Career All-American Honor)
Patrick Tiernan – Fr., 5000m (2nd Career All-American Honor)

Men’s Second Team All-American:
Samuel Ellison – Sr., Distance Medley Relay (DMR)
Chris FitzSimons – Sr., DMR
Sam McEntee – Sr., DMR
Dusty Solis – Jr., DMR

The women’s team featured eight All-Americans:

Women’s First Team All-American:
Emily Lipari – Sr., Mile Run (6th Career All-American Honor)
Nicky Akande – Sr., 800m (3rd Career All-American Honor)

Women’s Second Team All-American:
Stephanie Schappert – Jr., Mile Run & 800m
Kelsey Margey – So., Mile Run & 800m
Angel Piccirillo – So., DMR (2nd Career All-American Honor)
Michaela Wilkins – So., DMR (2nd Career All-American Honor)

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About The Author

Eugene Rapay '16 created "The Bench Mob" in November 2013. He joined the Villanova Times in 2012 as a writer. A Westchester, NY native, who will bring top quality coverage of all things Villanova sports.


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