LaCrosse, WI --- WPI teammates Julie Eagle (Rock Island, IL) and Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) both cleared a school record height of 5-8 as the pair tied for the second place in the high jump Friday at the NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Wisconsin-LaCrosse.
The duo becomes the first WPI women to earn All-America status in outdoor track and field while the pair join Peter J. Sifferlen (1984 - Hammer Throw) and Michael Pockoski (1998 and 1999 - Hammer Throw) as the top WPI finishers at an NCAA Track and Field Championship.
Eagle and Pumphrey each passed on the opening height of 5-1 before flawlessly clearing the next three heights of 5-3, 5-4.50 and 5.5.75. The pair each soared over 5-7 on their second attempt then leaping over 5-8 on their third and final attempts to secure a top three finish.
Top-seeded Elizabeth Evans of Rose-Hulman successfully cleared the next two heights to win the event in a stadium record of 5-10.50.
It was the first All-America award for Eagle who was appearing in her third straight outdoor championships and the second for Pumphrey, who tied for eighth in March at the indoor championships. It caps an outstanding spring championship season that saw the Eagle, a senior, win the NEWMAC Championships while Pumphrey, a sophomore was victorious the following three weeks at the New England Division III, New England All-Divisions and ECAC championships.
On the track, a pair of WPI seniors wrapped up outstanding careers on Friday evening. Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) placed 16th in the 400 meters while Adrianna Davis (Chelmsford, MA) finished 21st in the 100 meter hurdles.
Richard, WPI's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, was fifth in her heat with a time of 56.82. A six-time NCAA participant, Richard capped a senior outdoor campaign that saw her finish second at the NEWMAC and ECAC Championships and third at the New England Division III Championship.
Davis registered a time of 14.83 while making her NCAA debut. This spring saw Davis finish second at the New England Division III Championships and reach the finals of the New England All-Divisions Championships before withdrawing for her graduation.
The performance by the high jumpers helped head coach Brian Chabot's team amass 14 points. The Engineers sat in fourth place overall as of Friday evening with a number of champions to be crowned on Saturday. WPI will be back in action next December, kicking off the indoor season on December 7th.