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April 29, 2014 | Staff Report
V ILLANOVA'S WOMEN'S track team did it again. The Wildcats won the 4 x 800 Championship of America on Saturday to sweep the three distance races at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field for the second straight year. The Wildcats won in 8:21.49, marking the first time ever that a Villanova women's team had won consectuive titles using the same runners. Kelsey Margey opened with a 2:06.33, followed by Angel Piccirillo (2:06.00), Nicky Akande (2:05.67), and Emily Lipari (2:03.50)
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April 28, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
THE PENN RELAYS men's Distance Medley Relay was a two-team race between Stanford and Oregon. Then, it became a four-team thing, with Kentucky and Villanova joining the fray. But with a little more than half a lap to go on the closing 1,600-meter leg yesterday at Franklin Field, freshman Oregon anchor Edward Cheserek turned it into a one-man sprint to the tape. In one move that took maybe 5 seconds, it was over. And the Ducks had another DMR wheel to go with the one they got at the 2010 Carnival.
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April 28, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shortly after Villanova's women had captured their third title at the Penn Relays, the school's men's team found itself in a we-need-to-save-face position. It would either earn some glory of its own or suffer a shutout. The Wildcats responded to the challenge late Saturday afternoon at sun-soaked and ancient Franklin Field, capturing the 4x800-meter Championship of America title in 7 minutes, 16.58 seconds. About 30 minutes earlier, Villanova's women, under coach Gina Procaccio, claimed top honors in the 4x800 in 8:21:49.
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April 28, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Coghlan said his introduction to long-distance running was prompted by someone other than his world-renowned father, Eamonn. "I used to play soccer, but quit when I was 10 years old," said the 25-year-old from Dublin, Ireland. "A friend of mine stopped by at the house one day and said, 'Let's go running.' My dad didn't have anything to do with that. " Eamonn Coghlan starred at Villanova, was a three-time Olympian, and set a then-world record for the indoor mile run with a clocking of 3 minutes, 52.6 seconds in 1979.
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April 26, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova's Emily Lipari and Stanford's Aisling Cuffe are familiar rivals going back to their high school days in New York state, and there they were again on Thursday, dueling down the stretch of the Penn Relays women's distance medley relay. With 200 meters left, it appeared as if Cuffe had opened up enough ground on Lipari to hold on, but the Wildcats senior had a different plan. Summoning strength and speed from somewhere deep inside, Lipari passed Cuffe with less than 50 meters to go and pulled out the victory for Villanova on a sunny and windy day at Franklin Field.
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April 25, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
DIDN'T WE see this before? Last April, in Saturday's 4 x 800 meter relay at the Penn Carnival, then-junior Emily Lipari came from behind against Oregon's Laura Roesler and finally caught her on the last step to give Villanova - which set a collegiate record - its first win in that race in 16 years. Lipari, who'd also anchored a victory in last year's Distance Medley, was named the meet's Outstanding Female Performer. It was the first time since 1997 that the Wildcats took two of the three middle-distance events.
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April 23, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
EVERY APRIL but two from 1984-97, Villanova's women won at least one middle-distance relay at Penn. Four times, they won twice. And in 4 other years, they swept all three. In the next 14 years, they won twice, period. Then last year, they won two races for the first time since 1997. And they have pretty much the same runners back. So . . . "Coming in, they know they can win," coach Gina Procaccio said. "The lineup may be a little bit different for a couple, but they all at least ran on one last year.
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April 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Emily Lipari admits that her journey from high school star to NCAA champion for Villanova has included its share of rough patches, but the road has been smoother since her spectacular achievements at last year's Penn Relays. Lipari anchored the Wildcats to a pair of Championship of America titles in the distance medley and 4x800-meter relays, leading her team to a collegiate record in the latter race. In the fall, she finished fifth in the NCAA cross-country championships, and she capped her indoor season last month by capturing the women's mile in the NCAA track and field meet.
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