Pellegrini & Pumphrey Shine as Women’s Track and Field wins Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet

Liz Pellegrini

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).

Norma Bachman (Haverhill, MA) tossed the javelin 98-3 and Maggie LaRoche (Madison, NH) turned in a time of 2:23.63 in the 800-meter run as both placed fourth in their respective events.

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.

Postseason Qualifiers            
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