Seven Victories Propel Women's Track and Field to Third Straight Worcester City Meet Title

Emily Pearce

Worcester, MA --- Despite cold and blustery conditions at Worcester State on Saturday, the WPI Women's Outdoor Track and Field team captured its third straight Worcester City Meet title.  The Engineers racked up 210 points as a team, outscoring Worcester State (136) and Fitchburg State (108) in the six-team meet.

WPI won seven events on the day.  Sophomore Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) seized the 100 and 200 meter dashes with times of 13.24 and 26.78 respectively.  Emily Pearce (Avon CT) took home top honors in the pole vault with a height of 9-6.25, while Adrianna Davis (Chelmsford, MA) crossed the finish line first in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 16.63.  Funmi Adebayo (Medford, MA) was victorious in the hammer throw with a heave of 130-2 and freshman Amy Babeu (Groveland, MA) struck gold in the 5000 meters (19:52.99).  Caroline Allen (Norton, MA), Caitlin Rush (Nashua, NH), Lauren Waring (Wilmington, MA) and Stacey Rauen (San Gabriel, CA) closed out the day winning the 4x400 relay in a time of 4:45.15 for the Engineers.

Davis, Pearce and Adebayo's first place marks along with Richard's winning time in the 200 qualifies for the Divison III New England Championship meet.

Pearce continued her strong day with a second place finish in the long jump with a distance of 15-0.  Other second place finishers for the Crimson and Gray included Katherine Milligan (Skowhegan, ME) in the hammer throw (125-11), Jen Cicchetti (Mahopac, NY) in the triple jump (28-8.50), Rauen in the 1500 meters (5:18.68), Allen in the 400 (1:03.37), Kyla Wesley (Burlington, MA) in the 100 (13.32) and Hannah McCallum (Lafayette, CO) in the 10,000 meters (44:10.86)

Davis checked in with a third place finish for WPI in the high jump with a high of 4-11 for another Division III New England invitation.  Three others registered bronze medal performances for the Engineers including Deanna Flaherty (Milbury, MA) in shot put (32-7.75), Rush in the 800 meters (2:36.65) and Wesley in the 200 (27.87).

WPI returns to action next Saturday, venturing to Cambridge to participate in the Engineers Cup with MIT and Rensselaer.

Editor's note: Unattached athletes are removed for placing and scoring purposes