Skip to content
Villanova Wildcats
Link copied to clipboard

Villanova women go distance at Penn Relays

The Wildcats won the 4x800 Saturday to sweep the three distance races races.

Villanova's Emily Lipari. (Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)
Villanova's Emily Lipari. (Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)Read more

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)

"I don't even know what to say about these girls anymore," coach Gina Procaccio said. "This is all the athletes. They are the ones who did it. I put the same lineup out there because it worked last year and I was hoping that lightning would strike twice. But they still had to go out and do it. They ran with big old Villanova hearts. I am so proud of them because they deserve it."

The Wildcat women won the Distance Medley Relay on Thursday and the 4 x 1,500 on Friday. Akande and Lipari ran the final two legs, respectively, in each race of the sweep.

Also on Saturday, the Villanova men won the 4 x 800 Championship of America in 7:16.58 with a team of Josh Lampron (1:51.80), Dusty Solis (1:49.45), Jordan Williamsz (1:48.77) and Samuel Ellison (1:46.58).

Penn's Thomas Awad won the men's Olympic Development Mile in 3:58.34, becoming only the second Quaker to run a mile in under 4 minutes.

And, Penn's Maalik Reynolds became the first male Quaker in 107 years to win multiple high jump titles at the relays with a 7-feet, 2 1/4-inches. He also won 4 years ago as freshman.