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Emily Lipari First in Mile at Albany Great Dane Invitational
Sophomore Emily Lipari ran her fastest collegiate time in the Mile and also helped Villanova finish seventh in the 4x400 meter relay at the Albany Great Dane Invitational on Friday evening.

Jan. 20, 2012

Complete Meet Results

NEW YORK--Sophomore Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) won the Mile and Villanova had many strong performances at the Albany Great Dane Invitational, leading to a third place finish in the team standings at the New York Armory on Friday evening. Team points were awarded for finishing in the top eight of each event and the Wildcats registered 15 top-eight finishes covering 11 events en route to a team score of 68.5 points.

Lipari tallied her best collegiate time in the Mile with a mark of 4:42.35 and paced a field of 33 runners in the event. She also ran the second leg of the 4x400 meter relay and helped the top Villanova quartet win its heat and place seventh overall out of 27 competing relays.

Sophomore Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) had a terrific meet, finishing as the runner-up in the 1000 meters while also taking the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay. In the 1000 meters she crossed the finish line in 2:50.37 and shattered her previous personal best time by more than eight seconds.

The top relay squad for the Wildcats consisted of junior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) leading off, followed by Lipari and Akande ahead of freshman Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) in the anchor spot. The lineup consisting of middle distance runners finished with a time of 3:57.41 and won its heat by a margin of nearly five seconds.

A second Villanova relay was the runner-up in the same heat and recorded a time of 4:02.21. That lineup featured sophomore Mary Bohi (Shamong, N.J.), senior Erin Ryan (Doylestown, Pa.) and freshmen Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Amanda Borroughs (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.).



Schappert finished third individually in the 800 meters with a time of 2:12.74 and freshman Courtney Chapman (Fayetteville, N.Y.) took fifth place in the Mile (4:49.08). In the 500 meters, Tucker and Ryan placed fifth and sixth overall and posted times of 1:17.17 and 1:17.44, respectively.

Freshmen Varonica Johnson (Charlotte, N.C.) and Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) had success in the 60 meters and the 60 meter hurdles, respectively. Johnson came in fifth in the 60 meters with a personal best time of 7.66 in the finals. She had the eighth-fastest time (7.76) out of 59 competitors in the preliminaries - and also won her preliminary heat - before moving up three spots in the finals. She also placed 11th in the 200 meters (25.35). Walden, meanwhile, finished seventh in the finals of the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.78.

In the field events freshman Alexandra Wasik (Medina, Ohio) led a strong group of Wildcats with a second place finish overall. She cleared a height of 3.75 meters, as did third place finisher Kathleen McPhillips (Carlisle, Pa.). Senior Melissa Meggiolaro (Whippany, N.J.) placed sixth (3.60m).

Sophomore Samantha Yeats (Califon, N.J.) finished third in the high jump (1.70 meters) and classmate Samantha Francis (Kingston, Jamaica) placed sixth out of 30 competitors in the triple jump with a distance of 11.84 meters.

Villanova competes in the Penn State National next Friday and Saturday in its next meet.

NOTES: Ali Smith competed as an unattached entry in the Mile and finished seventh overall with a time of 4:54.79 ... Smith has outdoor eligibility remaining this spring for the Wildcats.


60 Meters


Varonica Johnson             8th of 59            7.76           1st of 7 (Heat 9)


Varonica Johnson             5th of 14            7.66           4th of 7 (Heat 2)

200 Meters

Varonica Johnson             11th of 62           25.35          2nd of 2 (Heat 13)
Qualitra Brown               27th                 25.68          5th of 5 (Heat 12)

400 Meters

Qualitra Brown               17th of 53           58.50          4th of 4 (Heat 9)
Fafavie Lumax                38th                 1:00.44        4th of 6 (Heat 6)

500 Meters

Leanne Tucker                5th of 23            1:17.17        3rd of 5 (Heat 4)
Erin Ryan                    6th                  1:17.44        4th of 5 (Heat 4)
Mary Bohi                    13th                 1:18.32        4th of 5 (Heat 3)

800 Meters

Stephanie Schappert          3rd of 34            2:12.74        3rd of 12 (Heat 3)
Amanda Borroughs             12th                 2:17.75        4th of 11 (Heat 2)

1000 Meters

Nicky Akande                 2nd of 24            2:50.37        2nd of 9 (Heat 3)
Shannon Browne               13th                 3:06.04        8th of 9 (Heat 3)


Emily Lipari                 1st of 33            4:42.35        1st of 11 (Heat 3)
Courtney Chapman             5th                  4:49.08        5th of 11 (Heat 3)
Ariann Neutts                9th                  5:03.56        9th of 11 (Heat 3)

3000 Meters

Megan Venables               8th of 27            10:11.53       8th of 16 (Heat 2)
Sydney Harris                10th                 10:12.61       1st of 11 (Heat 1)
Meghan Smith                 24th                 10:58.91       16th of 16 (Heat 2)

60 Meter Hurdles


Emerald Walden               8th of 49            8.85           1st of 7 (Heat 1)
Katherine Petruzzellis       33rd                 9.42           4th of 7 (Heat 3)


Emerald Walden               7th of 16            8.78           6th of 8 (Heat 2)

4x400 Meter Relay

Villanova `A'                   7th of 27            3:57.41        1st of 6 (Heat 4)
Nicky Akande
Mary Bohi
Shannon Browne
Amanda Borroughs

Villanova `B' 12th 4:02.21 2nd of 6 (Heat 4) Stephanie Schappert Erin Ryan Ariann Neutts Emily Lipari

High Jump

Samantha Yeats               3rd of 29             1.70m

Pole Vault

Alexandra Wasik              2nd of 28             3.75m
Kathleen McPhillips          3rd                   3.75m
Melissa Meggiolaro           6th                   3.60m
Erica Litvak                 9th                   3.45m
Kim Logoyda                  16th                  3.30m

Long Jump

Alexandria Reo               26th of 32            4.97m

Triple Jump

Samantha Francis             6th of 30             11.84m       4th of 11 (Flight 3)
Marie Minasi                 22nd                  10.99m       9th of 9 (Flight 2)
Victoria Profit              27th                  10.79m       9th of 10 (Flight 1)