Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 19 March 2010 00:00
There’s no stopping Emily Lipari, New York State’s reigning champion of the mile run.
Just days after receiving a rousing ovation at the Roslyn High School Winter Sports Awards program for her past accomplishments, Emily won the 1,500-meter Federation championship on Saturday, March 6 at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
The win was the eighth Federation title in her record-breaking career. Emily won the race with a meet record time of 4:28.21.
Emily took control of the race early on. In the final lap, she then blew the field away. There, she put her game into high gear and finished the final 200 meters in a remarkable time of 30.8 seconds to take the win in comfortable fashion.
Emily’s winning time was more than five seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, Lizzie Predmore of Shenendehowa. Colleen Schmidt of Holy Trinity came in third with a time of 4:40.37.
The win was Emily’s third state title, an accomplishment that has solidified her position as the finest female long distance runner in New York State.
The win also continues an amazing streak of excellence that Emily has put forth as her track career at Roslyn High school enters its own final stretch.
Her recent performances including winning the high school national mile last spring by coming from behind 20 meters off the pace. Emily then won the mile event at the New Balance Games on Jan. 23. At the Reebook Boston Games on Feb. 6, Emily avenged a disappointing finish at the Millrose Games to win the 1,500 run in a time of 4:46.77, nearly four seconds ahead of the rest of the field. In that race, which can be viewed on dyestat.com, Emily let the eventual second place finisher, Cory McGee of Pass Christian, MS, set the pace for the most of the race. In the final lap, Emily, who was running third, put on one of her patented kick runs to win the race.
In addition to her mastery of the state tournaments, Emily has long conquered the world of Nassau County track. She is a four-time Nassau County champion in the mile run. In all, Emily is considered one of the top track and field prospects in the country, as she is currently ranked seventh nationwide among high school long distance runners in the Milesplit National poll. Her standing as one of America’s top female milers was confirmed when she recently signed an athletic scholarship to attend Villanova University next fall, where she will be running for one of the premier track and field programs in collegiate sports. Last year, Emily’s nationwide fame was marked by a cover story that appeared in the Oct. 5, 2009 issue of Rise magazine, a publication put out by ESPN.