Springfield, MA --- WPI won seven of 19 events as Women's Track and Field defeated Springfield and Coast Guard on Saturday at Blake Track. The Engineers totaled 160.5 points while host Springfield tallied 126 and Coast Guard amassed 107.5.
Both relays were victorious as the 4x100-meter relay of Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA), Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and Anne Harris (Hamburg, NY) clocked a 50.23 and the 4x400 consisting of Harris, Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA), Pellegrini and Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) posted a time of 4:07.35.
Jessica Orr (Westerly, RI) claimed the 1,500-meter run (5:10.07) while Liz Hansen (Richmond, RI) came home third (5:26.26). Rhinehart won the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:02.08 and was followed by Marguerite Carey (Middleboro, MA) in fourth (1:08.23). Harris and Velleca broke the tape in the 100-meter dash (12.34) and 200-meter dash (25.69), respectively.
All-America high jumper Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) struck gold in her 2015 outdoor debut with a clearance of 5-4.25. Pumprey's win denied Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) her third consecutive win as she placed second with a height of 5-2.25.
Velleca was third (12.45) in the 100 as Price and Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) finished fourth (12.91) and fifth (12.98) for the Engineers. The Crimson and Gray also had four more runners in the top six of the 200 as Harris placed second (26.11) and Rhinehart (26.33), Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) (27.22) and Price (27.34) were fourth through sixth. Jess Cheu (Hingham, MA) threw the javelin 86-6 to earn second place points. Norma Bachman (Haverhill, MA) was third (83-4) and Andrea Caprio (Tewksbury, MA) was fifth (75-4).
The Engineers came home second and fourth in a quartet of events. Richard was the runner up in the triple jump (36-9.75) and long jump (16-7.75) while Teed took fourth in both events (33-2.5, 15-11.5). Strangio earned silver in the 800-meter run (2:21.46) and Emma MacIntyre (Grand Island, NY) did the same in the steeplechase (12:50.77). Maggie LaRoche (Madison, NH) was fourth in the 800 (2:26.70) while Gabriela Meza (Wilmington, CA) turned in a time of 14:27 in the steeplechase.
The 5,000-meter run saw Emily Newman (Easton, MA) finish second (18:53.49), Caitlin Walde (Edmonds, WA) place fourth (19:36.97) and Jasmine Higuera (Riverside, CA) come home fifth (20:03.07). Justine Sherman () led a trio of Engineers in the 100-meter hurdles with a second-place 16.01. Kocienski was fifth (17.31) and Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) was sixth (18.25).
Katie McManus posted a 35-7.25 for third in the shot put while Leigher tied for fifth (33-10.25). Heather Selmer (Weathersfield, VT) cleared 8-0.5 in the pole vault to finish fifth and Leigher picked up a point with a sixth-place throw of 114-1 in the hammer.
Select student-athletes will head to Holy Cross for the heptathlon on Wednesday and Thursday while the full team is back in action on Saturday at the Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet, hosted by Fitchburg State.
|Name||Event||Performance / Meet||Qualified For|
|Anne Harris||100m||12.34 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE, ECAC, All-New England|
|Sara Velleca||100m||12.45 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE, ECAC, All-New England|
|Sara Velleca||200m||25.69 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE, ECAC|
|Anne Harris||200m||26.11 / Coast Guard Invitational||DIII NE*|
|Maya Rhinehart||200m||26.33 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE|
|Lea Strangio||800m||2:21.46 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE|
|Caitlin Walde||10,000m||40:13.82 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet||DIII NE, All-New England|
|Jasmine Higuera||10,000m||40:58.62 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet||DIII NE|
|Justine Sherman||100H||16.01 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE*|
|Liz Pellegrini||400H||1:06.20 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet||DIII NE, ECAC, All-New England|
|Kimberlee Kocienski||400H||1:08.66 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet||DIII NE|
|Laura Pumphrey||High Jump||5-4.25 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE, ECAC|
|Brittney Lambert||High Jump||5-3.75 / Coast Guard Invitational||DIII NE, ECAC|
|Lauren Richard||Long Jump||16-7.75 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE|
|Lauren Richard||Triple Jump||36-9.75 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE, ECAC|
|Katie McManus||Shot Put||35-7.25 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE|
|Kelsey Leigher||Discus||125-6 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet||DIII NE, ECAC|
|Kate Piotrowicz||Hammer||138-5 / Coast Guard Invitational||DIII NE
Bold = New Qualification Performance, * = Improved Qualification Performance