New York, NY --- Emily Pearce (Avon, CT) shattered the WPI record in the pole vault with a height of 11-11.75 and Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) nearly repeated at the 400 meter champion as the WPI Women's Track and Field team came in 16th at the ECAC Championships at the New York Armory on Friday and Saturday, against some of the premier Division III programs along the eastern seaboard.
Pearce finished third in the meet and is now in a four-way tie for 13th place in the nation. Unfortunately for the senior, she loses out on all tiebreakers and currently sits in 16th place with the top 15 athletes qualifying for next week's NCAA Championships. Pearce still hopes to qualify for the event in Grinnell, IA and will find out Monday morning if the 15 athletes above her all officially declare for the event.
Richard is safely in the NCAA field - currently sitting eighth - and had the best individual place finish for the Crimson and Gray, coming in second in the 400 meters with a 56.66. The sophomore was just .02 seconds out of first after winning the event last year with a 57.17
Julie Eagle (Rock Island, IL) was fourth in the high jump with a height of 5-2.50.
WPI finished 12th in the 4x400 relay event, as the team of Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA), Amira Yusif (Leominster, MA), Caroline Allen (Norton, MA) and Richard came in with a 4:01.14. Adrianna Davis (Chelmsford, MA) had a 17th place finish in the 60 meter hurdles, clocking a 9.39.
Richards and hopefully Pearce conclude the indoor season Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Championships. The rest of the Engineers will begin their outdoor season on Saturday, March 31st at the Worcester City Meet hosted by Worcester State.