Editor's note: For the ten days leading up to the Penn Relays, I will do a countdown of great Villanova athletes with the number of Penn Relays titles corresponding with the day. In this case, it's for the three wheels that these two ladies hope to win in their final appearance at the Penn Relays, and the number that they have already won.
With three days left, I've decided to go with two seniors who will be trying to turn their already brilliant Penn Relays careers at Villanova into legendary ones.
Both Emily Lipari and Nicky Akande came onto the Villanova campus at the same time, albeit under a different set of expectations (which are stupid for incoming college athletes, but that's for another time). Lipari was a multiple time national champion on the track from New York, a state known for being a distance running power, while Akande was a state champion in Georgia, a state that is more known for its sprinters, Both have thrived at Villanova though, with Lipari generally getting more accolades, but without Nicky Akande, Emily Lipari would likely have zero Penn Relays wheels. Akande's 800 leg in the DMR broke the race open, and she was the pivotal third leg that kept Villanova in the race in the 4x800 so that Lipari could unleash her superhuman kick.
Full video of the 4x800 from last year after the jump
Kick ass girls.