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Roslyn's Lipari: 'Unfinished business' this spring

Roslyn's Emily Lipari has her sights set on

Roslyn's Emily Lipari has her sights set on Federation titles in both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters. (Apr. 1, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

There isn't much more Roslyn star distance runner Emily Lipari needs to do in her high school track career.

A dominant performer since her freshman year and one of the most accomplished athletes on Long Island, Lipari has won eight Federation championships and will be in position to add to that total at the NYSPHSAA state championships in June.

But the national and local accolades she has received haven't prompted her to take any days off this season.

"I still love to compete and I still have some unfinished business to take care of this spring,'' said Lipari, who won the 1,500 indoor Federation championship in a meet-record time of 4:28.21 at Cornell in March.

That performance epitomized the road Lipari has taken the last three-plus years.

"I came into that race wanting to set the meet record,'' said the Villanova-bound senior, who won the event for the second straight year.

Her indoor season didn't stop there as she traveled to Boston the following week and won the mile at the Nike indoor national championships. It was Lipari's second straight national title in the indoor mile.

Though she has starred on a national scale, Lipari still values her numerous Nassau championships. "Any title is nice,'' Lipari said. "You always want to compete and you always want to win, no matter what the race is. Any trophy is nice.''

As for the spring season, expect to see more of the same from Lipari, who will be increasing her workload.

She participated only in the 1,500 at the indoor state championships, but has her sights set on taking home the 1,500- and 3,000-meter Federation championships in the outdoor season.

The competition will be fierce as a solid group of Long Island's top distance runners, including Holy Trinity's Colleen Schmidt, North Shore's Samantha Nadel, Riverhead's Katie Skinner, West Islip's Ali Foote and even eighth-grade sensation Brigid Brennan of Northport figure to challenge Lipari.

Challengers from outside the Long Island area include Aisling Cuffe of Cornwall and Lizzie Predmore of Shenendehowa.

"I'll be in great shape to run the 3,000, too,'' said Lipari, a three-time 3,000-meter outdoor Federation champion. "New York State is ultra-competitive and I will need to be at my best.''

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