Villanova senior student-athletes were honored at the Connelly Center on Thursday night
Villanova swept the distance events at Penn Relays for the first time since 1997
Villanova named Coaching Staff of the Year; Emily Lipari repeats as Most Outstanding Track Performer
Villanova senior ran in the historic Wanamaker Mile at the New York Armory
Lipari concludes outstanding outdoor season with first career appearance at national championships
Emily Lipari and Angel Piccirillo competed in the national semifinals of the 1500 meters on June 12, 2014.
Villanova recognized its senior student-athletes for their career accomplishments at the Connelly Center on May 15, 2014.
Villanova won the 4x1500 meter title at the Penn Relays on April 25, 2014.
Villanova concluded competition at the BIG EAST Championships on February 22, 2014 at the New York Armory.
Villanova continued competition at the 119th Penn Relays on April 26, 2013.
On Lipari: Incredible talent who leads the Wildcats group of middle distance runners ... Proven performer at the national level ... Six-time All-American and nine-time BIG EAST champion who is poised to continue doing big things as a senior during the coming year.
2014 Indoor: National champion in the Mile ... Second team All-American in the distance medley relay ... Named the Most Outstanding Track Performer at the BIG EAST Championships for the second straight year, becoming the first athlete in 20 years to be a repeat winner of the award ... BIG EAST champion in the 1000 meters and the first-ever three-time conference champion in the event ... Helped Villanova win its conference record 12th team title at the BIG EAST meet ... Won her first career individual national title in the Mile with a time of 4:38.82 in the final at the NCAA Championships, which were run at altitude in New Mexico ... Had been in ninth place overall after the preliminary heats, when she posted a time of 4:43.27 and was an automatic qualifier for the final by finishing third in her heat ... Anchored the distance medley relay at the national championships and Villanova came in ninth with a time of 11:20.40 ... Set a meet record and a personal best time of 2:43.69 in the 1000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships, breaking the conference meet mark held by former Wildcats teammate Sheila Reid ... Also anchored Villanova to its fifth consecutive title in the 4x800 meter relay and anchored the distance medley relay squad to a runner-up finish with a time of 10:59.74 ... That mark earned the Wildcats their DMR berth in the NCAA meet ... Ran in the prestigious Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games and crossed the finish line with a personal best time of 4:35.24, placing eighth in the race despite being one of just two collegiate runners in the field of mostly professionals ... Won the Invitational section of the 3000 meters at the Penn State National with a time of 9:09.37 and also anchored the Wildcats to a third place finish in the Invitational section of the distance medley relay with a time of 11:04.54 ... Won the Mile at the Great Dane Classic in 4:43.92 and also led of the 4x400 meter relay which finished in sixth place with a time of 3:51.21.
2013 Cross Country: Repeated as an All-American ... Named the Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year and was an All-Mid Atlantic Region performer for the fourth straight season ... Garnered All-BIG EAST accolades for the third time in her career ... Top finisher for Villanova in every scored meet during the season ... Helped the Wildcats surge to the team title at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships ... Individual champion at the regional meet, as she and teammate Nicky Akande crossed the finish line first and second in a virtual dead heat ... Her winning time of 19:53 at the regional is a personal best for a 6,000 meter course ... Came in fifth overall out of 253 runners at the NCAA Championships with a time of 20:10.8 ... Broke the 20-minute mark on a 6,000 meter course for the first time at the BIG EAST Championships, where she crossed the finish line in 19:56 and was the runner-up ... Placed seventh out of 340 runners at the Pre-NCAA Meet (20:17.1) and was sixth in a field of 430 competitors at the Paul Short Run (20:30) ... Opened the season by winning the Main Line Invitational with a three-mile time of 16:08.03 ... Was selected as the BIG EAST Athlete of the Week twice during the season, with those awards coming after her efforts at the Main Line Invitational and the Paul Short Run.
2013 Outdoor: Helped to write a new chapter of Villanova lore at the Penn Relays by anchoring the Wildcats to Championship of America titles in the distance medley relay and the 4x800 meter relay ... Villanova set an all-time collegiate record of 8:17.45 in the 4x800 relay ... Ran a personal best split of 2:02.25 on the anchor leg of that relay ... The win in the DMR defended the Wildcats title from a year earlier ... Named the Penn Relays Athlete of the Meet for the relay events ... Earned second team All-America honors in the 1500 meters and registered a time of 4:18.68 in the finals at the NCAA Championships ... Had been an automatic qualifier through the first round, quarterfinals and semifinals during NCAA competition ... Her times of 4:15.89 (national quarterfinal) and 4:16.96 (semifinal) are the fastest she has run during a collegiate season ... BIG EAST champion in the 1500 meters with a winning time of 4:24.25 in the finals ... Was also first overall after the preliminary heats ... Established a personal best time of 2:06.77 in the 800 meters at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, coming in fourth out of 26 runners ... Won the 1500 meters (4:20.08) at the Raleigh Relays and also came in sixth in the 800 meters (2:08.16).
2013 Indoor: Anchored Villanova to a runner-up finish and first team All-America honors in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Championships ... Ran a split of 4:33.51 over the 1600 meters in her anchor leg of the relay ... Also earned second team All-America honors in the 3000 meters ... Selected as the Mid-Atlantic Regional Athlete of the Year ... Named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet at the BIG EAST Championships, where she took home an individual championship in the 1000 meters, anchored the Wildcats to defending their title in the 4x800 meter relay and also scored team points in the Mile ... Recorded a winning time of 2:46.19 in the finals of the 1000 meters, a personal best and nearly nine full seconds faster than her time in the preliminary heats one day earlier ... Came in seventh in the Mile (4:46.88) ... In the 4x800 relay she took the lead for good with less than 50 meters left in the race and delivered Villanova to a win by less than one-tenth of a second in a thrilling finish ... Moved inside the NCAA top 16 and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 3000 meters with her personal best time of 9:08.91 at the Columbia Last Chance Meet ... Came away with a win in the 3000 meters at the Great Dane Classic (9:20.07) and came in third in the invitational section of the Mile at the Penn State National (4:39.36).
2012 Cross Country: Became an All-American for the first time in cross country with a 25th place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Also was the BIG EAST individual champion and earned All-BIG EAST and All-Mid Atlantic Region honors ... Top runner for Villanova at three meets during the season and was second on the team twice ... Ran a career-best time of 20:05.6 at the national championships meet ... Came in third at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional (20:27) ... Won the BIG EAST title with a time of 20:45.33 ... Led the Wildcats with a then-career best mark of 20:06.9 at the Pre-NCAA Meet ... Came in 44th at the Paul Short Run in 21:15 ... Opened the season with a third place finish at the Main Line Invitational, where she registered a three-mile time of 16:34.90.
2012 Outdoor: Ran the leadoff leg of the distance medley relay and helped Villanova capture a Championship of America title at the Penn Relays ... Anchored the Wildcats to a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay ... Individually came in seventh in the 800 meters at the ECAC Championship with back-to-back personal best times in the preliminaries and the finals ... Crossed the finish line in 2:07.77 in the finals ... Came in fifth in the 800 meters (2:09.67) at the Colonial Relays ... Qualified for the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA East Regional in the 1500 meters ... Had the fastest time out of 48 runners in the national first round at the NCAA East Regional (4:21.37) ... Recorded a time of 4:27.35 in the national quarterfinal heats and came in 20th ... Ran a personal best time of 4:17.17 at the Mt. SAC Relays ... Came in 11th at the conference championships ... Individual winner out of 114 runners at the Danny Curran Invitational (4:30.71) and placed seventh at the Colonial Relays (4:24.41) ... Ran the second leg of the 4x1500 meter relay at the Penn Relays.
2012 Indoor: Second team All-American in the Mile with a 12th place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Individual BIG EAST champion in the 1000 meters with a career best time of 2:46.94 in the finals at the conference meet ... Also anchored the Wildcats to a BIG EAST title in the 4x800 meter relay ... Earned All-BIG EAST honors with a runner-up finish in the distance medley relay ... Finished sixth in the 1000 meters at the NYC Gotham Cup (2:49.67) ... Broke the 4:40 mark in the Mile for the first time in her career at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, where she came in first with a time of 4:39.78 ... Lowered her personal best mark to 4:37.43 in another victory at the Columbia Last Chance Meet ... Finished in first place at the Great Dane Classic (4:42.35) and earned BIG EAST Track Athlete of the Week honors for that performance ... Placed seventh in the invitational section of th 3000 meters with a time of 9:32.05 at the Penn State National ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay at the Great Dane Classic.
2011 Cross Country: Finished as the third Villanova runner at the NCAA Championships, coming in 55th overall to help the Wildcats finish third as a team ... Improved by 14 finishing spots at the national championships from the previous season ... Earned All-Mid Atlantic Region honors for the second straight year with a 16th place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Finished fourth on the team and 16th overall at the BIG EAST Championships to help the Wildcats win their fourth consecutive team title ... Her time of 20:36.4 on the 6K course at the conference meet was a new personal best ... Opened the season at the Paul Short Run and was Villanova's second finisher with an 11th place showing out of 396 runners ... At the Wisconsin adidas Invitational came in 39th overall and third on the team with a time of 20:49 on the 6K course.
2011 Outdoor: Ran six races in the 1500 meters and posted her top time of 4:20.79 at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, where she finished in eighth place ... Competed at the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA East Regional ... Came in ninth in the finals of the conference meet in 4:29.73 ... In the national first round at the NCAA East Regional ran a time of 4:23.47 and came in fifth in her heat to advance to the quarterfinals ... Finished 12th in her heat in the quarterfinal round ... Opened the season with a fourth place finish in 4:26.15 at the Colonial Relays ... Also ran the 800 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational, finishing first in her section and seventh overall with a time of 2:09.10 ... Ran the second leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the BIG EAST Championships and helped Villanova earn All-BIG EAST honors with a third-place finish ... Part of the Wildcats relay teams in the distance medley relay and the 4x1500 Meter Relay at the Penn Relays.
2011 Indoor: BIG EAST and NCAA champion in the distance medley relay ... Ran the first leg of the relay at both the conference and national meets ... Individual runner-up in the Mile at the BIG EAST Championships with a season-best time of 4:46.80 in the finals ... Was also in second place after the preliminaries at the conference meet ... Came in second place at the NYRR II meet (4:47.03) and finished sixth at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational (4:47.54) ... Individual winner in the 1000 meters at the NYRR I meet in 2:49.06 ... Anchored Villanova to a win in the 4x800 meter relay at the NYRR I meet.
2010 Cross Country: Made immediate contributions to the team and was an important member of Villanova's second consecutive national championship squad ... One of the team's top five finishers in every race she ran ... Earned All-BIG EAST and All-Mid Atlantic Region honors ... Placed 11th at the BIG EAST Championships and 13th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Logged her best 6K time of the season at the regional meet, crossing the finish in 20:41 ... Placed 69th at the NCAA Championships ... Finished in eighth place at the Penn State National and 31st at the Notre Dame Invitational ... Opened the season with a fourth place finish at the Main Line Invitational, where she ran the three-mile course at Haverford College in 17:21.
Roslyn High School: Four-time national champion in the Mile, including once at the Nike Outdoor Nationals as a freshman, twice at the Nike Indoor Nationals (2009, 2010) and once at the New Balance National (2010) ... During her senior year was the champion in the Mile at the Boston Indoor Games and won an outdoor championship in the 3000 meters at the Penn Relays ... Two-time Foot Locker finalist with All-America honors ... Nine-time state and federation champion in New York ... 2007 and 2008 New York Athlete of the Year in cross country ... Four-year Scholar-Athlete ... Also played soccer and was a two-time state champion in 2009 and 2010 ... Her club team, the Syosset Sting, were 2009 regional champions.
Personal: Born 11/19/92 ... Younger of two children of Joseph and Theresa Lipari ... Has an older brother, Tom, who attends Marist ... Undeclared major in the school of Liberal Arts.
800 Meters (Relay) 2:02.25 2013 Penn Relays 800 Meters (Open) 2:05.66 2014 BIG EAST Championships 1000 Meters 2:43.69 2014 BIG EAST Championships 1500 Meters (Non-VU) 4:14.89 2012 New Jersey International Invitational 1500 Meters (Villanova) 4:15.89 2013 NCAA East Regional Mile 4:35.24 2014 Millrose Games 3000 Meters 9:08.91 2013 Columbia Last Chance Meet 6000 Meters (XC) 19:53 2013 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional
CAREER AWARDS (Cross Country)
All-American 2012, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year 2013 All-Mid Atlantic Region 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 BIG EAST Individual Champion 2012 All-BIG EAST 2010, 2012, 2013 BIG EAST Athlete of the Week 2013: September 24-30, October 1-7
CAREER AWARDS (Indoor Track)
NCAA Champion 2011 (Distance Medley Relay) NCAA Champion 2014 (Mile) All-American (First Team) 2011, 2013 (Distance Medley Relay) All-American (First Team) 2014 (Mile) All-American (Second Team) 2012 (Mile) All-American (Second Team) 2013 (3000 Meters) All-American (Second Team) 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2011 (Distance Medley Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2012, 2013, 2014 (1000 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2012, 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2013, 2014 (1000 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2011, 2012 (Mile) All-BIG EAST 2011, 2012, 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) All-BIG EAST 2012, 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) Mid-Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year 2013 (USTFCCCA) Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet 2013 (BIG EAST Championships) BIG EAST Athlete of the Week 2012: January 16-22 BIG EAST Athlete of the Week 2014: January 27-February 2, February 10-16
CAREER AWARDS (Outdoor Track)
All-American (Second Team) 2013 (1500 Meters) Penn Relays Champion 2012, 2013, 2014 (Distance Medley Relay) Penn Relays Champion 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) Penn Relays Champion 2014 (4x1500 Meter Relay) BIG EAST Champion 2013 (1500 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2014 (800 Meters) BIG EAST Champion 2012, 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) All-BIG EAST 2013 (1500 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2014 (800 Meters) All-BIG EAST 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (4x800 Meter Relay) Penn Relays Athlete of the Meet (Relays) 2013, 2014
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2010-11 Senior Student-Athlete of the Year 2013-14
BIG EAST TOP 8 FINISHES
800 Meters 1st 2014 Outdoor 1000 Meters 1st 2012 Indoor, 2013 Indoor, 2014 Indoor 1500 Meters 1st 2013 Outdoor Distance Medley Relay 1st 2011 Indoor 4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2012 Indoor, 2013 Indoor, 2014 Indoor 4x800 Meter Relay 1st 2012 Outdoor, 2013 Outdoor, 2014 Outdoor Distance Medley Relay 2nd 2012 Indoor, 2014 Indoor Mile 2nd 2011 Indoor 4x800 Meter Relay 3rd 2011 Outdoor Mile 7th 2013 Indoor