Springfield, MA --- Maria Grandoni (Framingham, MA) placed first in the 1500-meter with a time of 5:07.26 to lead WPI women's track and field to a second place finish in the Springfield Invitational Saturday afternoon. Out of eight teams scoring, the Crimson and Gray scored 157 points behind home team Springfield who put away 159 points.
Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) topped the charts in the high jump leaping 5-05.75. The sophomore also scored a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.6 and a fourth place finish.
Kimi Joback (Bedford, NH) had a good day winning the javelin throwing for a distance of 126-06. She also placed fourth in the hammer throw with a distance of 133-03.
A first place finish from Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA) in the 400 hurdles helped the Engineers garner additional points. The freshman crossed the line at 1:06.26 followed closely by classmates Kelsie Lazaro (Somerset, MA) who took the second spot (1:06.26) and Taylor Llodra (Longmeadow, MA) who finished fourth (1:12.57).
Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) earned a personal best in the 800 with a time of 2:20.51. The Engineers posted second place finishes in the high jump as Julie Eagle (Rock Island, IL) jumping for 5-03.75, and in the 100 hurdles when Adrianna Davis (Chelmsford, MA) finished at 15.16.
Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) also posted a second spot in the 400 (59.23) and a third place finish in the 200 (26.6).
Other notable performances for WPI include a third and fourth finish in the pole vault by Emily Hartzell (Brunswick, ME) at 9-06.25 and Jacqui Foti (Hopkinton, NH) at 9-00.25. Lauren Richard (Hopkinton, NH) took the third spot in the triple jump bounding 33-04.75 while teammate Sarah Cook (New Paltz, NY) took fourth at 33-01.25.
The Engineers return to action next weekend as the return to Springfield for the NEWMAC Championships.