Villanova wins Penn Relays distance medley relay

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Emily Lipari led Villanova to its third straight Penn Relays women’s distance medley relay championship Thursday, catching Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe on the mile anchor leg.

Villanova won in 10 minutes, 57.35 seconds – 0.29 seconds ahead of Stanford.

After crossing the finish line, Lipari jumped into the waiting arms of teammates Stephanie Schappert, Michaela Wilkins and Nicky Akande. Schappert ran the opening 1,200-meter leg in 3:25, Wilkins followed with a 54.40 in the 400 and Akande ran the 800 in 2:04.51 to pass the baton to Lipari in fourth place. Lipari quickly passed Georgetown’s Rachel Schneider and Oregon’s Laura Roesler, before waiting until the last possible moment to get by Cuffe, running the mile in 4:33.44.