|Title:||Class of 2009|
|Organization:||Track and Field|
One of the most decorated athletes ever at WPI, Kerri Coleman's name is still scattered across the WPI track and field record board. A two-time All-American, she still holds all five of the WPI's throwing records.
Coleman wasted no time becoming a force on the New England collegiate track and field circuit. During her freshman year in 2000, she earned All-New England status three times and was a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champion in the javelin. She placed fifth in the indoor New Englands in the shot put (40-0) and second and fifth in the javelin (37.96 m) and shot put (12.02 m), respectively, during the outdoor season.
"Kerri played a pivotal role in transforming women's track and field at WPI," said head coach Dan Green. "From Day One she had a way of pushing and motivating people without saying a word. Believe me, as any one who knew her can attest, Kerri said plenty."
Her sophomore year was capped by earning the Carolyn McCabe Award at the annual athletics award banquet. She dominated the NEWMAC championships that spring by winning the title in both the shot put (41-4.50 ) and the javelin. (113-8).
The next year saw Coleman pick up her first of two All-America awards after placing fourth in the shot put (45.02 m) at the NCAA Indoor championships. She continued to be a force at the NEWMAC championships, winning the shot put (46-7.75) and the discus (155-0) while placing second in the discus. She won the ECAC outdoor championships in the shot put (13.60 m) and took home third in the hammer (45.02). She also qualified for the outdoor NCAA Champions and registered 12th in the shot put (42-8.25) and 15th in the hammer (142-4).
Her senior year began with a repeat performance at the NCAA indoor championships. She finished second in the shot put at the ECAC championships (13.56 m), and seventh at the NCAAs (44-8) en route to another All-America award. She continued her dominance at the NEWMAC championships, winning her sixth career title by capturing the gold in the shot put (12.47m) and taking home third place finishes in both hammer throw (44.66m) and discus (35.26m). She also earned a fifth place finish at the ECAC outdoor championships in the shot put (39.7.25). At that year's athletics awards banquet, she was honored with the Varsity Club Award, presented to the most outstanding senior female athlete.
Coleman's place in WPI history still exists. She holds the school record in the shot put (45-10), discus (134-6), hammer throw (155-0), javelin (128-2) and weight throw (47-6.50). She earned All-New England status seven times and won six NEWMAC championships.
"Kerri's commitment to excellence in academics and athletics was impressive, but her raw potential and work ethic are legendary," said her throws coach Bill Cotter. "Although her individual records may be threatened or even surpassed in the years to come, her overall achievement while at WPI can never be challenged."
Coleman, who hails from Rehoboth, Mass, graduated from WPI in 2003 with a degree in biochemistry.
She currently is a chemistry and anatomy and physiology teacher at Canton High School. She married former teammate Matt Oldmixon in 2006; the couple resides in Somerset.