Oct. 1, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Senior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) is the BIG EAST Female Athlete of the Week, as announced this afternoon by the league office. Lipari made her season debut last Thursday at the Main Line Invitational and won the individual title at the local meet. This is the first weekly cross country honor for Lipari, who is part of a strong core of runners at the top of the Villanova lineup.
Lipari covered the three-mile Alumni Course at Haverford College last week in 16:08.03 to pace a field of 86 runners. She won the race by a margin of more than 14 seconds and registered her second career individual victory.
This early in the season the focus is not yet on results, and the Main Line meet did not have any team scoring, but it is still noteworthy that Lipari finished with a time that was 26 seconds faster than the one she ran last season in the same meet. The top finishing spots in the race were dominated by the Wildcats, who had their top five runners all place in the top seven overall.
Villanova is ranked No. 12 in the nation and No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the new polls released this week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The national top 30 includes four BIG EAST teams, with the Wildcats being joined by Providence (No. 1), Georgetown (No. 6) and Butler (No. 20).
PAUL SHORT RUN ON TAP
The first scored meet of the season is this Saturday, as Villanova will compete in the Paul Short Run hosted by Lehigh. Members of the Wildcats will run in the Women's Open race starting at 10 a.m., while the Women's Gold race begins at 11:45 a.m. The women's course is a 6,000 meter format and Villanova finished in seventh place at the meet last season. A full preview of Saturday's meet will be posted later in the week.