Flashback Friday: Philippides Runs Away with 2016 FCIAC 800m

Something definitely clicked on between freshman and sophomore year for Greenwich's Emily Philippides. As a freshman in 2015 while concentrating on the 400m in outdoor season, her times hovered a little over the minute mark in a season that culminated in a trip to New Balance Outdoor Nationals and a 33rd place finish.

Sophomore season was the breakout year for Philippides as she captured the 2016 CIAC Indoor Open title in the 600m, the start of a run of six straight track seasons with an Open title win. Outdoors she found a fit at the 800m. After a 15th place at 2:17.94 at the Loucks Games in a star-studded field that included Wilbur Cross's Danae Rivers in 3rd place, Philippides made a huge leap at the FCIAC League championship.

Breaking out in front from the start, Philippides left the rest of the field behind and knocked more than 5 1/2 seconds off her PR before collapsing after the finish. She went on to capture the Class LL title, and then won the first of three straight Open outdoor 800m titles in a new PR of 2:11.90 before ending up the year at NBON in 4th place at 2:11.03.

In her junior year, Philippides moved up to the 1000m indoors indoor and won the first of two consecutive Open titles at the distance and then finishing 8th in the 800m at NBIN. After winning the 2017 Open outdoor 800m and then ran a career-best of 2:10.82 at NBON while finishing 14th, again in a very tough field. Her overall best in the 800m was in her 2018 senior indoors at NBIN at 2:09.82 in a 7th place finish. She went on to Princeton and ran in a few meets.

Emily Philippides after win in 1000m in her senior year at 2018 Ocean Breeze Freedom Games.