Villanova wins Women's Distance Medley at The Penn Relays

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova women have won the Distance Medley at the Penn Relays for the second consecutive year.

Michaela Watkins (400m), Nicky Akande (800m), Angel Piccirrillo (1,200m) and Emily Lipari (1,600m) won the event in 10:58.84 at the 119th edition of the largest and oldest meet in the country.

The Lady Cats led most of the race due to a strong 1,200 by Piccirrillo (3:21.8).

Watkins completed her lap in 54.6, Akande ran her leg of the 800 in 2:04.7 and Lipari anchored the squad with 4:37.6. All four will be returning next year.

When the watches and pinwheel were awarded to the foursome, it was presented by Villanovans Vicki Huber and Michelle Bennett, were members of the 1988 DMR squad that owns the Relays' record.

Kentucky was second in 11:04.45, Columbia finished in third at 11:07.68.

It's the twelvth time, Villanova has won the event.

In other Villanova news at The Relays, Junior Samantha Yeats won the college section of the high jump and sophomore sprinter Faith Dismuke finished 5th in the 400 meter hurdles; it with Villanova's fastest time for the event in 6 years.

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