WE'LL NEVER know what might have happened had Villanova's women maybe had some fresher legs to run in yesterday afternoon's 4 x 1,500-meter race at the Penn Relays.
But the Wildcats used three of the same people - all underclassmen - who had helped them win the distance medley relay for the second straight year the day before, an event that Michigan and Oregon elected to skip.
So naturally, it came down to those three teams. And in the end, Michigan and Oregon had just a little bit more, even though anchor Emily Lipari did about all she could to at least give Villanova a chance. It wasn't quite enough, as the Wolverines, who won this event in 2007 and '08, finished first in 17 minutes, 15.47 seconds, just ahead of Oregon (17:16.50) and 'Nova (17:17.57). All three times were among the 10 fastest in Carnival history. The only time 'Nova ran faster here was 2010 (17:15.41), when it finished second to Tennessee.