Monday, April 28, 2014

Big Surprise: Emily Lipari named National Athlete of the Week

Emily Lipari celebrates winning the DMR

In perhaps the least surprising news of the year, Emily Lipari was named division one athlete of the week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Here's the release.

Lipari, a senior running as a collegian at the local Penn Relays for one last time, made the most of her Franklin Field finale.
She rallied her team to come-from-behind victories in both the distance medley and 4×1500 relays on Thursday and Friday before holding off 2014 indoor 800 meters champion Laura Roesler of Oregon for a third relay win in the 4×800 on Saturday.
After receiving the baton in fourth in Thursday’s DMR, she closed her 1600-meter anchor leg in a race-best 4:33.44  to edge Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe in the final meters by less than a third of a second. She again outkicked Cuffe on the final straight the next day to claim the 4×1500 win with a 4:16.4 split.
While she came back for her first two wins, she had to hold on for her third as she ran a 2:03.50 anchor and kicked away from Roesler, again on the final straightaway, to claim the 4×800.
Maybe she'll finally get added to the watch list for "The Bowerman Award" that Sheila Reid was notably snubbed from winning. 

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