March 2, 2013
NEW YORK - Junior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and freshman Kelsey Margey (Huntington, N.Y.) turned in big runs in the 3000 meters and the 800 meters, respectively, at the Columbia Last Chance Meet in the New York Armory on Saturday night. Lipari was sensational in the 3000 meters with a personal best time of 9:08.91 and moved into the top 16 on the national performance list for the season. Margey ran a time of 2:06.03 in the 800 meters, also a personal best.
Lipari paced an elite field of 13 runners and won the race by just over half a second. She beat her seed and previous personal best time of 9:20.07 from earlier this season by more than 11 seconds and now stands with a ranking of No. 14 on the national performance list this season. The top 16 declared times qualify for the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships next weekend, giving Lipari the opportunity to double up for Villanova in the 3000 meters individually along with the distance medley relay.
Tonight's race was the latest in a series of big races for Lipari during the indoor season. She ran the 3000 meters for the first time during the season at the Great Dane Classic and won that race, where her time of 9:20.07 was then a personal best by more than nine seconds. Back at the Armory later in January she anchored the Wildcats to a time of 10:56.74 in the distance medley relay, a mark which remains the second-fastest in the nation this season even after the current weekend of competition.
Lipari was also the BIG EAST champion in the 1000 meters and anchored Villanova to a conference title in the 4x800 meter relay. She will return to the NCAA Championships for the third straight year, after previously running individually for the Wildcats in the Mile last season as well as on the national champion DMR squad as a freshman two years ago.
The national championships meet will be held next Friday and Saturday (March 8-9) at the Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville, Ark. The final list of participants in the NCAA Championships will be announced online on Monday night after 8 p.m.
Margey is also having a terrific season for Villanova and her run tonight in the 800 meters was just the latest example. She came in third overall in a field of 32 runners and was the second affiliated collegiate runner to cross the finish line. Her time of 2:06.03 was close to two seconds faster than her personal best of 2:07.87, set at the BIG EAST Championships just two weeks ago. Margey has set new career bests in the 800 meters, the 1000 meters and the Mile this season. Her time of 2:06.03 tonight currently appears to be tied for 19th in the nation.
Sophomore Leanne Tucker (Tewksbury, Mass.) and senior Shannon Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) also ran in the 800 meters on Saturday night. Tucker came in 12th with a time of 2:09.98, setting a new season best and coming within less than a second of her personal best of 2:09.13. Browne also registered her top time of the season, coming in 18th in the field with a mark of 2:13.00.
Other new personal bests for the Wildcats on Saturday night came from sophomore Emerald Walden (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) in the 60 meter hurdles and freshman Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) in the Mile. Walden recorded a time of 8.49 in the 60 meter hurdles, coming in second out of six competitors and lowering her previous personal best from earlier this season by two-hundredths of a second. Piccirillo eclipsed her previous top time in the Mile by just over nine-tenths of a second.
Sophomore Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and senior Ariann Neutts (Succasunna, N.J.) each ran in the Mile and placed seventh (4:43.88) and 18th (5:03.48), respectively. Freshman Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.) and sophomore Faith Dismuke (Passaic, N.J.) ran in the 400 meters and had times of 55.98 and 56.36, respectively.
COMPLETE VILLANOVA RESULTS
60 Meter Hurdles
Emerald Walden 8.49 2nd of 6
Michaela Wilkins 55.98 4th of 11 4th of 5 (Heat 3 of 3) Faith Dismuke 56.36 5th 5th of 5 (Heat 3)
Kelsey Margey 2:06.03 3rd of 32 Leanne Tucker 2:09.98 12th Shannon Browne 2:13.00 18th
Angel Piccirillo 4:39.03 4th of 20 Stephanie Schappert 4:43.88 7th Ariann Neutts 5:03.48 18th
Emily Lipari 9:08.91 1st of 14