Oct. 13, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Led by a strong race from junior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) on Saturday morning Villanova raced to a seventh place team finish at the Pre-NCAA Meet at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park, which will be the host site for the NCAA Championships next month. Lipari came in seventh individually in a field of 265 runners in one of the stronger cross country races of her collegiate career.
The trio of Lipari, junior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and senior Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) all covered the 6,000 meter course in under 21 minutes and the Wildcats registered a team score of 273 points to tie for seventh place out of 38 teams in the seeded women's race. The result was a good one for Villanova, which raced in a field that consisted of seven other nationally-ranked squads.
Lipari crossed the finish line with a time of 20:06.9, a career best by a margin of nearly 30 seconds on a 6K cross country course. Akande came in 26th with a time of 20:36.1 and Cook placed 41st in 20:57.2. Rounding out the top five for the Wildcats were sophomores Megan Venables (Laurel Springs, N.J.) and Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.), who were separated by less than two seconds in 99th place (21:34.3) and 100th place (21:35.9), respectively.
Florida State scored 72 points to win the team title in the race, while Oregon (87) and Michigan (141) rounded out the top three. Georgetown (163), Texas (184) and William & Mary (266) came in fourth through sixth, respectively.
The individual title in the race was won by Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State, who registered a time of 19:43.9.
Members of the Wildcats will compete at the Haverford Invitational on October 19, while the next team meet is the BIG EAST Championships on October 26 in Van Cortlandt Park.
E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park
Top 10 Teams
Florida State 72 Oregon 87 Michigan 141 Georgetown 163 Texas 184 William & Mary 266 Villanova 273 Colorado 273 Florida 308 UC Davis 320
Villanova Individuals (Women's Seeded Race)
Emily Lipari 7th of 265 20:06.9 Nicky Akande 26th 20:36.1 Summer Cook 41st 20:57.2 Megan Venables 99th 21:34.3 Stephanie Schappert 100th 21:35.9 Courtney Chapman 155th 21:58.8 Meghan Smith 165th 22:07.3