June 14, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) wrapped up a tremendous 2013-14 campaign with a fourth place finish in the 1500 meters at Hayward Field in the NCAA Championships on Saturday afternoon. Lipari and sophomore Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.) placed fourth and 12th, respectively, in the final of the 1500 meters on the last day of the national meet. This is the second straight year that Lipari qualified for the final of her signature collegiate event.
"It was a great 2013-14 [season] and I can come away pretty happy from today's race," Lipari said. "It would have been nice to walk away with the win as well but I can't be too disappointed with what happened this year. When you are on the podium and not exactly happy with it I think you could call that a successful year."
Lipari crossed the finish line with a time of 4:19.60 and Piccirillo wound up registering a time of 4:27.66. The race went out at a conservative pace early on and there was plenty of jostling for position in a tightly packed field of 12 runners. After the first 300 meters Rachel Schneider from Georgetown had edged into the lead on the outside in a front pack that included Lipari and Piccirillo running side by side amongst the leaders.
Piccirillo was in the lead on the outside with 800 meters to go. At that point Cory McGee from Florida was in second on Piccirillo's left and Lipari was in fourth place. It was a tight race all the way through and at the start of the bell lap Lipari had been relegated to the back of the pack. She was boxed in by the runners around her but was still just a few strides off the lead.
On the final pass through the backstretch of the track Lipari made a big move and was back in contention with 150 meters to go. Shelby Houlihan from Arizona State eventually pulled away to win with a time of 4:18.10. McGee finished second (4:19.19) and Linden Hall from Florida State was third (4:19.33) ahead of Lipari (4:19.60).
The race wrapped up an incredible season for both Lipari and Piccirillo, who were automatic qualifiers for the final of the 1500 meters after placing in the top five of their national semifinal heat two days earlier. Lipari was the BIG EAST champion in the 800 meters, while she and Piccirillo each ran a leg on the Wildcats conference champion 4x800 meter relay. Lipari was also the indoor national champion in the Mile and anchored Villanova to a sweep of the distance relay events at the Penn Relays.
1500 Meters (National Championship)
Shelby Houlihan Arizona State 4:18.10 Cory McGee Florida 4:19.19 Linden Hall Florida State 4:19.33 Emily Lipari Villanova 4:19.60 Allison Peare Kentucky 4:19.68 Brook Handler Michigan 4:20.45 Agata Strausa Florida 4:20.60 Stephanie Brown Arkansas 4:20.85 Rachel Schneider Georgetown 4:21.15 Sarah Penney Oregon 4:22.60 Molly Hanson Wisconsin 4:23.85 Angel Piccirillo Villanova 4:27.66