Fitchburg, MA --- Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA) and Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) improved a total of 64 spots on the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field qualifying list while WPI took home the Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet title on Saturday. The Crimson and Gray amassed 186 points as Wheaton was second with 132 and host Fitchburg State was third (81) at the 16 team event.
Pellegrini went from 62nd to 16th in the 400-meter hurdles with a winning time of 1:03.41. Oddly enough, both performances were posted two weeks apart at the same facility. Pumphrey, meanwhile, claimed the high jump with a height of 5-7 to move from 26th up to eighth. Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) was third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:07.07) and Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) was sixth (1:11.31). Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) was once again the runner up to Pumphrey as she cleared 5-3.
Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), Pellegrini, Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA) teamed up to clock a 48.48 to win the 4x100-meter relay while the 4x400-meter relay quartet of Velleca, Rhinehart, Price and Kocienski handily won with a time of 4:03.55. Pellegrini added a second place finish in the 100-meter hurdles (15.47) and was followed by Walfield in seventh (17.13). The 4x100 time is currently 23rd in Division III.
Sarah Muse (Rye, NH) cleared 10 feet in the pole vault to place second as Heather Selmer (Weathersfield, VT) was sixth (8-0.5). The 1,500-meter run saw Emily Newman (Easton, MA) earn silver in a time of 4:51.83 as Jessica Orr (Westerly, RI) and Caitlin Walde (Edmonds, WA) came in seventh (5:04.34) and eighth (5:06.78). Kelsey Leigher (Oxford, MA) delivered a second place performance in the discus throw (123-6) while Katie McManus (North Andover, MA) was fifth (112-9) and Kirsten Herchenroder (Plaistow, NH) was seventh (106).
Rhinehart clocked a 12.91 to claim third in the 100-meter dash. McManus had a third place showing In the shot put (35-9.25) and Leigher took fifth (35-5.75).
Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) and Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) finished fourth (16-8.5) and fifth (16-8) and Lambert was seventh (15-7.5) in the long jump. The roles were reversed in the triple jump as Richard logged a fourth-place leap of 35-8 and Teed registered a 33-4.5, good for seventh. On the track, Teed was seventh (26.80) and Richard was eighth (27.02) in the 200-meter dash.
Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) crossed the finish line fourth (1:01.02) while Price was seventh (1:03.05) in the 400-meter dash. Leigher and McManus threw the hammer 126-3 and 118-8 to claim fifth and eighth. Gabriela Meza (Wilmington, CA) completed the 5,000-meter run in a seventh-place time of 22:08.79.
The Engineers begin the postseason Saturday at the NEWMAC Championships, hosted by MIT.
|Name||Event||Performance / Meet||Qualified For|
|Anne Harris||100m||12.34 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE, ECAC, All-NE|
|Sara Velleca||100m||12.45 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE, ECAC, All-NE|
|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|
|Emily Newman||1,500m||4:51.83 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||DIII NE|
|Caitlin Walde||10,000m||40:13.82 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet||DIII NE, All-NE|
|Jasmine Higuera||10,000m||40:58.62 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet||DIII NE|
|Liz Pellegrini||100H||15.47 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||DIII NE, ECAC, All-NE|
|Justine Sherman||100H||16.01 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE|
|Liz Pellegrini||400H||1:03.41 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||DIII NE*, ECAC*, All-NE*|
|Kimberlee Kocienski||400H||1:07.07 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||DIII NE*|
|Laura Pumphrey||High Jump||5-7 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||DIII NE*, ECAC*|
|Brittney Lambert||High Jump||5-3.75 / Coast Guard Invitational||DIII NE, ECAC|
|Sarah Muse||Pole Vault||10-0 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||DIII NE|
|Taylor Teed||Long Jump||16-8.5 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||DIII NE|
|Lauren Richard||Long Jump||16-8.0 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||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||Shot Put||35-5.75 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||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