Northampton, MA --- Emily Pearce (Avon, CT) won the pole vault and set a new score record in the long jump to highlight WPI Women's Track and Field's performance Saturday at the NEWMAC Championships hosted by Smith. The Engineers totaled 91.5 points on the day en route to a fourth place finish.
The senior captured the pole vault with a height of 11-5.75 and placed fourth in the long jump with a WPI-record 17-5.25. Pearce's effort bested a nearly 20-year record by a quarter of an inch set by Naomi Carnegie in 1993.
Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) was third in the 400 meter dash (58.02), while Vicky Hewey (Sanford, ME) finished fourth in the 5000 meter run (18:27.23). Julie Eagle's (Rock Island, IL) 5-1 mark in the high jump also placed her fourth. The 4x100 meter relay team (50.44), with Richard, Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA), Michelangela Yusif (Leominster, MA) and Kyla Wesley (Burlington, MA), and the 4x400 meter relay team (4:07.44), with Rhinehart, Yusif, Caroline Allen (Norton, MA) and Richard, both came in fourth place.
Fifth-place finishers included Amy Babeu (Groveland, MA) in the 5000 meter run (18:41.19), Kristine Zeeb (Nashua, NH) in the 400 meter hurdles (1:09.83) and Hewey in the 3000 meter steeplechase (12:29.71).
WPI is back on the field when they travel to the New England Division III Championships hosted by MIT on Friday and Saturday, May 4th and 5th.
Story by Mike Rupp