Strangio Helps Lead Women's Track & Field to Third Straight NEWMAC Runner Up Finish

Lea Strangio
Lea Strangio

Cambridge, MA --- Junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) was a double winner and freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) set a school record as the WPI women's track & field team placed second for the third consecutive year at the NEWMAC Championships. The 4x400-meter relay also earned gold, as did junior Jasmine Higuera Castillo (Riverside, CA).

WPI finished with 116.5 points, and its title in the 4x400 relay turned a 1.5 point deficit into a final 2.5 advantage over third place Wheaton (114 points). MIT captured the nine-team event with 270 points.

Strangio, last year's 800-meter runner up, won this year with a time of 2:14.14 while the 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Katie Nugent (Huntington, CT), senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY), Strangio and Packard collaborated for a time of 3:58.47 to secure the Engineers second crown in as many years. Nugent, Kocienski and Strangio were in last year's lineup while Packard placed third in the 1,500-meter run with a new WPI-best of 4:40.16. Higuera Castillo claimed the first title of the day with a 40:11.00 in the 10,000-meter run.

Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) also earned All-NEWMAC accolades with a second place time of 11:32.15 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which was better than her runner up time of 11:39.59 one year ago, while Brittney Lambert (Hudson, MA) earned bronze in the high jump with a height of 5-2.25 to extend the Engineers streak of at least one All-Conference nod to eight, including last year's title by the dual-sport student-athlete. Kocienski registered a fourth-place time in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:05.00 while Ari Rozen (Carver, MA) and Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME) finished in the same place in 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:46.10) and long jump (16-11.25) respectively. 

Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), the 2015 champion and 2016 runner up, amassed valuable points with a fifth place showing in the 200-meter dash (25.76), a sixth place finish in the 100-meter dash (12.50) and collaborating with Grant, Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA) and Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) on a fourth place time in the 4x100-meter relay (49.76). Nugent crossed the line fifth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 59.25 while Emily Newman (Easton, MA) was fifth in the 5,000-meter run, clocking a 19:08.40.

Women's Track and Field now turns its attention to the New England Division III Championships this Friday and Saturday at Williams.

NEWMAC All-Conference First Team
NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team

 

Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet Qualified For NCAA T-50
Sara Velleca 100m 12.50* NEWMAC Championships DIII NE, NEICAAA  
Krystal Grant 100m 12.73 NEWMAC Championships DIII NE  
Sara Velleca 200m 25.76* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE  
Sydney Packard 400m 58.62 Springfield College Classic DIII NE  
Katie Nugent 400m 58.91 Springfield College Classic
DIII NE  
Lea Strangio 400m 59.75 Springfield College Classic DIII NE  
Sydney Packard 800m 2:13.92 Conn. College Silfen Invite DIII NE, NEICAAA 23
Lea Strangio 800m 2:14.14* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE, NEICAAA 25
Maggie LaRoche 800m 2:20.54 Springfield College Classic DIII NE  
Sydney Packard 1500m 4:40.16* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE  
Emily Newman 1500m 4:50.00 Springfield College Classic DIII NE  
Julie Tevenan 5000m 17:55.08 Springfield College Classic DIII NE, NEICAAA  
Emily Newman 5000m 18:24.87 Conn. College Silfen Invite DIII NE  
Jasmine Higuera Castillo 5000m 18:31.39 Conn. College Silfen Invite DIII NE  
Callie Schadt 5000m 18:38.80 Springfield College Classic DIII NE  
Jasmine Higuera Castillo 10000m 39:16.87 Tufts Snowflake Classic DIII NE, NEICAAA  
Abby McAdams 100H 15.94* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE  
Michelle Godzinski 100H 16.47 NEWMAC Championships DIII NE  
Kimberlee Kocienski 400H 1:05.00* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE, NEICAAA  
Julie Tevenan Steeple 11:24.70 Conn. College Silfen Invite DIII NE, NEICAAA 48
Ari Rozen Steeple 11:46.70* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE  
Steffany Halfrey Steeple 11:56.22* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE  
Brittney Lambert High Jump 5-2.25 Amherst Spring Fling DIII NE  
Abigail McAdams High Jump 5-1.25 Conn. College Silfen Invite DIII NE  
Xandria Korn High Jump  5-0.25  Amherst Spring Fling DIII NE
 
Taylor Flaxington Pole Vault 10-10.75* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE  
Carley Dykstra Pole Vault 40-4.75 NEWMAC Championships DIII NE  
Krystal Grant Long Jump 17-4 Amherst Spring Fling DIII NE  
Taylor Teed Long Jump 16-5.75 Amherst Spring Fling DIII NE  
Kirsten Herchenroder Discus 125-5 WPI/CGA/Springfield DIII NE  
Faye Gauthier Hammer 160-2 Springfield College Classic
DIII NE, NEICAAA 41
Kendra O'Malley Hammer 148-1* NEWMAC Championships
DIII NE  
Abby McAdams Heptathlon 4,101 Conn. College Silfen Invite DIII NE 21
           

*Improved on previous qualifying performance