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Lipari Finishes Second at BIG EAST Championships
Emily Lipari is a cross country All-BIG EAST selection for the third time in her career.

Nov. 2, 2013

Complete Results

KENOSHA, Wis. - Seniors Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) and Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) each earned All-BIG EAST honors and Villanova came in fourth in the team standings at the BIG EAST Championships on Saturday afternoon. Lipari was the individual runner-up with a time of 19:56 on the 6,000 meter course at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course, while Akande finished in 12th place (20:47).

Lipari and Akande each earned All-BIG EAST recognition for the third time in their careers. The time for Lipari is a career best and marks the first time she has finished in under 20 minutes on a 6,000 meter course. She has been the Wildcats top finisher in each of the four races she has run this season. Emily Sisson from Providence was the individual champion with a winning time of 19:49.

The other scoring runners for Villanova were junior Stephanie Schappert (Delray Beach, Fla.), sophomore Sydney Harris (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and freshman Julie Williams (Wilmington, Del.). Schappert came in 23rd in the field of 80 runners with a time of 21:37, Harris finished 26th (21:45) and Williams came in 34th (22:15).

In the team standings the Wildcats had 93 points and finished behind team champion Providence (28), as well as Georgetown (47) and Butler (66). Following Villanova were Xavier (130), Marquette (155), Creighton (228), DePaul (242), Seton Hall (277) and St. John's (299).

Rounding out the Wildcats lineup were redshirt freshman Caitlin Bungo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and freshman Katie Brislin (Manlius, N.Y.), who placed 42nd (22:46) and 51st (23:31), respectively.




Women's Race

Emily Lipari                2nd                   19:56
Nicky Akande                12th                  20:47
Stephanie Schappert         23rd                  21:37
Sydney Harris               26th                  21:45
Julie Williams              34th                  22:15
Caitlin Bungo               42nd                  22:46
Katie Brislin               51st                  23:31

Team Standings

Providence                  28
Georgetown                  47
Butler                      66
Villanova                   93
Xavier                      130
Marquette                   155
Creighton                   228
DePaul                      242
Seton Hall                  277
St. John's                  299