New London, CT --- Freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) and junior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) each broke a record at the Silfen Elite Distance and Multi-Event meet while the WPI women's track & field team collected seven victories and placed third in a competitive Friday meet with Coast Guard and Springfield. The host Bears won with 131 points as the Pride picked up 129 and the Engineers totaled 124.
Packard won the 800-meter run with a new school record time of 2:13.92 and junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) was second (2:14.39). Both qualified for the Division III New England and All-New England All-Divisions Championships while ranking 12th and 15th on the Division III performance list. They were followed by junior Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) in 12th and sophomore Katie Nugent (Huntington, CT) in 13th.
McAdams took third in the heptathlon and reset her own standard with 4,101 points to end the weekend 14th in Division III. She won the shot put (33-2) and 800-meter run (2:30.05), and was second in the high jump with a clearance of 5-1.25 Juniors Emily Newman (Easton, MA) and Jasmine Higuera Castillo (Riverside, CA) punched their tickets to the DIII New England meet with an 18:24.87 and 18:31.39 in the 5,000-meter run, respectively. Graduate student Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) gained entry into both regional postseason events with an 11:24.70 in the steeplechase.
Over at Coast Guard, junior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) clocked a 26.06 to take the 200-meter dash as senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) crossed the finish line first in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.68). Freshman Ari Rozen (Carver, MA) posted an 11:52.47 to secure the steeplechase. The discus went to junior Kirsten Herchenroder (Plaistow, NH) with a throw of 125-5 while classmate Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) soared 5-2.25 in the high jump and senior Taylor Flaxington (Lincoln, RI) cleared 10-8 in the pole vault. Freshman Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) paced the field in the 5,000-meter run in a time of 18:49.42.
Velleca led an Engineer-laden 100-meter dash with a second-place 12.63 and was followed by junior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) in third (12.94), freshman Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME) in fourth (12.96), senior Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) in fifth (13.21) and sophomore Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA) in sixth (13.23).
Sophomore Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) was second with a high jump of 5-0.25 while classmate Cole Godzinski (North Reading, MA) was the runner up in the 100-meter hurdles (16.78). Seniors Sarah Muse (Portsmouth, NH) and Heather Selmer (Weathersfield, VT) took second and third in the pole vault with heights of 8-8.25 and 8-2.25. Sophomore Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) and junior Emma MacIntyre (Grand Island, NY) claimed second (12:01.95) and fourth (12:31.18) in the steeplechase as did Grant (16-7) and Teed (15-7.5) in the long jump.
Senior Julia Smith (Cranston, RI), Walfield, sophomore Carly Neeld (Williston, VT) and freshman Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) earned bronze in the 800-meter run (2:29.77), 400H (1:11.43), 5K (19:38.94) and hammer (150-11), respectively. Sophomore Kendra O'Malley (Charlton, MA) added a fifth-place hammer throw of 131-8. Teed took fourth in the 200m with a 27.07 while freshman Aleye Momodu (Milford, MA) recorded a fourth-place heave of 35-1 in the shot put. Freshman Hannah Lowe (Ellington, CT) tossed the javelin 93-4, which was good for sixth.
Up next is the Springfield College Classic on Saturday, April 22nd.