Nov. 19, 2012
NEW ORLEANS--Junior Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) was named an All-American today by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), which recognized the top 40 individual finishers from the NCAA Championships that were held this past weekend. This is the first career All-America honor in cross country for Lipari, who has been a two-time All-American during the indoor track season.
Lipari was a strong and consistent performer at the top of the Villanova lineup this season and was the Wildcats top finisher at the NCAA Championships. She registered a 25th place individual finish in the national championships meet at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville and crossed the finish line 30 spots higher than where she finished last season. Over the course of her Villanova career Lipari has improved her finishes at the NCAA Championships from 69th as a freshman to 55th last season and finally to an All-American finish this year.
In addition to running well at the national meet Lipari was also the BIG EAST individual champion last month and has received both All-BIG EAST and All-Mid Atlantic Region acclaim this year. She took first place in the BIG EAST meet at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, giving the Wildcats the individual conference champion for a fourth straight year and the 15th time in the 31-year history of the BIG EAST Championships. Lipari registered a third place finish at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and earned all-region honors for the third consecutive year.
The national championship race marked the second time this season that Lipari has run well on the Louisville course, as she was also the top runner for Villanova at the Pre-NCAA Meet last month. Lipari came in seventh individually at the Pre-NCAA Meet with a time of 20:06.9 which was then her career best on a 6K cross country course. She lowered that mark by more than a full second at the NCAA Championships and crossed the finish line in 20:05.6 to establish a new personal best.
Led by the trio of Lipari, fellow junior Nicky Akande (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and senior Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) the Wildcats advanced as a team to the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight season. Villanova finished 20th as a team at Saturday's championships, which was two spots higher than the Wildcats national ranking entering the meet. Over the years Villanova has won nine national titles as a team, four more than any other program has claimed.
Lipari was one of four runners from the BIG EAST to be named an All-American on Monday. She was joined by the Providence trio of Sarah Collins, Laura Nagel and Emily Sisson.