College Women's Distance Medley Championship of America Invitational

Event 159Thursday 5:30 PM
Presented by Core Power
Presented in Memory of Jim Tuppeny
NR Villanova 10:48.38 1988 Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
AR Villanova 10:48.38 1988 Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
PR Villanova 10:48.38 1988 Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)
FF Villanova 10:48.38 1988 Kathy Franey (3:21.0), Michelle Bennett (52.8), Celeste Halliday (2:04.7), Vicki Huber (4:29.9)

Start List

ID School/Affiliation
AA Villanova
AB Stanford
AC Georgetown
AD N.C. State
AE Clemson
AF Duke
AG Wisconsin
AH Harvard
AI North Carolina
AJ Princeton
AK UConn
AL Penn State
AM Columbia
AO Providence
AP Maryland
AQ Richmond
AR Indiana
AS Coastal Carolina
AT Yale
AU Monmouth
AW Cornell
AX La Salle
AY Navy
AZ Iona
BA West Virginia
BB Georgia Tech
BC St. John's
BD James Madison
BE Brown
BF Buffalo
BH Penn
BI Boston College
Race Preview The Stanford women roll into town for this year’s Penn Relays with a chance to sweep all three women’s distance relay races, just as hometown Villanova did a year ago when Emily Lipari was the Wildcats’ star anchor. The 121st edition of the Relay Carnival will be held Thursday through Saturday April 23-25 at Franklin Field on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia.

The Cardinal, coached by Chris Miltenberg, who formerly coached at Georgetown and Columbia, are led by two freshman stars, Elise Cranny of Colorado and Olivia Baker of New Jersey. Baker is well-known at the Relays for two brilliant anchor legs in the high school girls’ 4x8 the past two seasons, for which she was named athlete of the meet both years. For Cranny, an excellent miler, it is her Relays debut.

Cranny was 4th in the World Juniors 1,500 last summer and runnerup in the NCAA indoor 3,000 this winter. She also anchored the Cardinal to 2nd place in the indoor DMR. Cranny (4:10 1500 best) is joined by Rebecca Mehra (4:17), Jessica Tonn (4:18) and Claudia Saunders (4:21) in the 4x1500 and by Tonn, Baker (2:06) and Saunders (2:02) in the DMR. Saunders and Baker will also run the 4x8. Stanford must do with two of last year’s stars, Amy Weissenbach and Aisling Cuffe, neither of whom is available this season.

Stanford’s biggest challenges are likely to come from the Big East powers Georgetown and Villanova.

‘Nova must do without Lipari, who graduated, but they return Kelsey Margey, Angel Piccirillo and Stephanie Schappert, all of whom won watches a year ago. A year ago Villanova won the 4x8 by a second over Oregon, the DMR by three-tenths over Stanford and the 4x15 by two-tenths, again over Stanford, as Cuffe was outkicked twice by Lipari.

For Villanova it was its third consecutive title in the DMR and second straight in the 4x8. Stanford won the 4x15 three years in a row, 2004 through 2006, and last won the 4x8 in ’05.

Georgetown, third a year ago in both the 4x8 and DMR, returns Sabrina Southerland, Becca Deloache and Katrina Coogan.

Other contenders include Duke, Harvard, UConn and Dartmouth.

As for a sweep of the women’s distance relay races, only Villanova (five times) and North Carolina (in 2003) have done it.


Event History

Relays Top 10
10:48.38 Villanova 1988
10:49.58 Michigan 2008
10:49.81 Villanova 1990
10:50.51 Tennessee 2008
10:51.49 Georgetown 2011
10:53.27 Villanova 1984
10:53.37 Villanova 1989
10:53.97 Tennessee 1984
10:54.08 Tennessee 1990
10:54.65 Tennessee 2010
Recent Champions
2014 Villanova 10:57.35
2013 Villanova 10:58.84
2012 Villanova 11:01.03
2011 Georgetown 10:51.49
2010 Tennessee 10:54.65
2009 Tennessee 11:02.11
2008 Michigan 10:49.58
2007 Tennessee 11:09.16
2006 Villanova 10:57.03
2005 Duke 11:10.18
Most Victories
13 Villanova
5 Tennessee
3 North Carolina
3 Virginia
2 Wisconsin
2 Michigan
2 Georgetown

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