Sept. 28, 2012
BETHLEHEM, Pa.--In the Women's Gold Race at the Paul Short Run junior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) came in eighth overall in a field of 360 runners to lead Villanova at the Lehigh University course on Friday morning. As a team the Wildcats finished seventh out of 40 teams that competed in the Gold race.
Akande covered the 6,000-meter course in 20:33 and was one of two Villanova runners to place in the top 30 of the field. Senior Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) finished in 29th place with a time of 21:02 and the Wildcats had a spread of only 51 seconds between their top five runners.
The trio of junior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and sophomores Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.) and Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.) were separated by just nine seconds at the finish line. Lipari finished in 44th place with a time of 21:15, while Schappert and Venables came in 50th (21:23) and 53rd (21:24), respectively.
As a team the Wildcats finished with 184 points in their first scored meet of the season. Cornell won the team title with 55 points and was followed by William & Mary (102), Georgetown (106), Yale (147), Dartmouth (149) and Providence (167) ahead of Villanova in the standings. Rounding out the top 10 teams were Brown (196), New Hampshire (331) and Navy (332).
Despite heavy rain that fell last night and into the early morning hours the course was mostly dry at the time of the race, with a few muddy spots along the route slowing down the pace. The quartet of Akande, Lipari, Cook and Chapman all went out in 5:34 for the first mile and each was among the top nine runners overall at the one-mile mark.
Villanova will next compete on Saturday, October 13 in the Pre-NCAA Meet at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Paul Short Run
Lehigh University Course
Top 10 Teams
Cornell 55 William & Mary 102 Georgetown 106 Yale 147 Dartmouth 149 Providence 167 Villanova 184 Brown 196 New Hampshire 331 Navy 332
Nicky Akande 8th of 360 20:33 Summer Cook 29th 21:02 Emily Lipari 44th 21:15 Stephanie Schappert 50th 21:23 Megan Venables 53rd 21:24 Courtney Chapman 78th 21:54 Meghan Smith 126th 22:25 Kelsey Margey 140th 22:28 Ariann Neutts 242nd 23:23 Leanne Tucker 307th 24:18
Women's Open Race
Amanda Borroughs 26th of 293 22:40 Mary Bohi 49th 23:12 Anna Francis 82nd 23:45