Boston, MA --- Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) once again set the school record in the mile as a total of five WPI women's track and field student-athletes qualified for regional championship meets with their performances on Friday afternoon at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, hosted by Boston University.
Tevenan shaved a second off last week's record-breaking time, and earned an invite to the All-New England All-Division meet, with a 5:05.49. The junior also unofficially jumped six spots to 32nd on the NCAA Division III performance list. Maggie LaRoche (Madison, NH) began the afternoon with a personal-best, and DIII NE qualifying time of 2:24.65 in the 800-meter run while Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) gained entry in the DIII NE meet with a 3:10.29 in the 1,000-meter run.
Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA) headlined the Engineer effort in the 400-meter dash as she improved on her DIII NE mark and earned a spot in the ECAC meet with a season-best time of 58.76. In addition to Pellegrini, Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) (1:00.28), Alex Price (Franklin, MA) (1:00.51), Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) (1:01.52) and Kelsie Lazaro (Somerset, MA) (1:02.76) all clocked their best 400 times of the year.
Price, who was already assured a spot in the DIII NE 400-meter dash, earned the right to contest the 200-meter dash next week with a 26.36. Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) improved her DIII NE time in the 200 (26.07) while Pellegrini led an octet of Engineers with a 25.88. Also competing for the Crimson and Gray were Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA), Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA), Anne Harris (Hamburg, NY), Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) and Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) with times of 26.40, 26.98, 27.04, 27.19 and 27.50, respectively.
Pellegrini paced a trio of Boynton Hillers with a 9.39 in the 60-meter hurdles. She was followed by Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) with a 9.52 and Justine Sherman (Boulder, CO) with a 10.15. Harris (8.18) and Velleca (8.20) competed in the same 60-meter dash heat.
A pair of Engineers competed in field events as Sarah Muse (Rye, NH) matched her personal best in the pole vault with an even 10 feet and Kate Piotrowicz (Berlin, CT) logged a distance of 38-4.75 in the weight throw.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Price, Rhinehart, Pellegrini and Strangio clocked a season-best time of 3:58.44 to close out the women's portion of the meet.
WPI travels West on the Mass. Pike and North on Route 91 this weekend for the Division III New England Championships hosted by Smith.