March 4, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Junior middle distance runner Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) will double up in the distance medley relay and the 3000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend. The official list of accepted entries to the national meet was announced by the NCAA on Monday night.
Villanova enters the national championships with the second-fastest time in the nation in the distance medley relay. Earlier this season the lineup of freshman Angel Piccirillo (Homer City, Pa.), freshman Michaela Wilkins (Ellicott City, Md.), junior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Lipari posted a time of 10:56.74 in the DMR at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on February 1.
Their mark was the fastest in the nation at the time of the race and it stood as the top mark until the last chance meets this past weekend, when a time just eight-hundredths of a second faster was recorded. This is the third time in the last four years that the Wildcats have qualified a DMR squad for the national championships.
Lipari will also be competing in the 3000 meters individually while making her third consecutive appearance at the NCAA indoor meet. She qualified individually in the Mile last season and previously ran the leadoff leg of the Villanova national champion distance medley relay as a freshman two years ago.
She has run two races in the 3000 meters this season and established new personal best times in each race. Overall she has lowered her previous top time from prior to the season by more than 20 seconds, topping out at 9:08.91 at the Columbia Last Chance Meet this past weekend. Lipari had also run a then-personal best time of 9:20.07 at the Great Dane Classic in January.
Earlier on Monday morning Lipari was chosen as the Mid-Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She anchored Villanova to a conference title in the 4x800 meter relay and repeated as the conference champion in the 1000 meters en route to being named one of two women's recipients of the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet.
The NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held this coming Friday and Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track in Fayetteville, Ark. The women's distance medley relay is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. Central (9:45 Eastern) on Friday night, while the 3000 meters race will be held on Saturday night at 7:40 p.m. Central (8:40 Eastern).
Once again this year the NCAA Championships will air live on ESPN3. Live coverage will air on Friday night from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Eastern time and on Saturday evening from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Eastern. There will also be highlights from the championships shown on ESPNU on Sunday, March 17 from 7-9 p.m. Eastern time.