Friday, April 26, 2013

Villanova Women Take 3rd in Penn Relays 4 x 1500

Villanova came 3rd in the 4x1500 Relay
It was three-team race at the end of today's Penn Relays 4x1500 Championship of America relay, with Villanova relegated to the "show" position in third.  Michigan, which held itself out of yesterday's DMR to focus on the remaining relays, took the victory in 17:15.47 (Penn Relays #6 all time), with Oregon coming second in 17:16.50 (Penn Relays #8 all time).  Villanova's quartet -- with Angel Piccirillo, Nicky Akande, and Emily Lipari all doubling back from their respective 1200, 800, and 1600 meter relay legs yesterday -- came next in 17:17.57 (Penn Relays #9 all time), one second behind Oregon and two behind Michigan.  Those three squads battled it out over the final laps, with fourth-place Penn State a full 45 seconds behind Villanova.

Stephanie Schappert led off for Villanova and clocked 4:22.9, good for a very close third place at the first exchange.  Nicky Akande was next for Villanova and ran a very crisp 4:18.0, putting Villanova and Michigan even at the second exchange with Oregon one second in arrears.  Angel Piccirillo ran well in the third leg, clocking 4:19.1, but Oregon's Anne Kesselring (4:14.3) and Michigan's Rebecca Addison (4:15.0) clocked the two fastest splits in the race on their third legs and put Villanova four seconds behind Michigan and 3 seconds behind Oregon at the final exchange.  Emily Lipari fought hard to close the gap, running 4:17.5 (faster than both the Michigan (4:19.6) and Oregon (4:20.3) anchors), but had too much ground to make up.


PL School/Affiliation Mark Athletes ID
1 Michigan 17:15.47 Shannon Osika (4:22.3), Jillian Smith (4:18.6), Rebecca Addison (4:15.0), Amanda Eccleston (4:19.6) D
2 Oregon 17:16.50 Megan Patrignelli (4:22.8), Annie Leblanc (4:19.1), Anne Kesselring (4:14.3), Becca Friday (4:20.3) A
3 Villanova 17:17.57 Stephanie Schappert (4:22.9), Nicky Akande (4:18.0), Angel Piccirillo (4:19.1), Emily Lipari (4:17.5) C
4 Penn State 18:02.32 Marta Klebe (4:23.1), Caitlin Lane (4:31.5), Brooklyne Ridder (4:31.6), Sarah Jane Underwood (4:36.1) L
5 Indiana 18:09.41 Samantha Ginther (4:29.5), Kelsey Duerksen (4:25.9), Ashley Seymour (4:32.8), Caitlin Engel (4:41.2) M
6 Tennessee 18:12.51 Alexis Panisse (4:25.7), Kelsey Kane (4:30.2), Amirah Johnson (4:30.8), Hannah Davidson (4:45.8) G
7 Mississippi State 18:20.90 Chloe Phillips (4:29.7), Nicky Akande (4:37.5), Emma Neigel (4:38.3), Renee Masterson (4:38.4) K
8 Clemson 18:26.16 Natalie Anthony (4:31.9), Brianna Blanton (4:35.4), Lisa Girard (4:37.4), Erin Barker (4:41.5) H
9 Richmond 18:26.50

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