Cambridge, MA --- Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA), Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) all claimed an individual title and Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) broke the school record in the 800-meter run as WPI finished second at the NEWMAC Women's Track and Field Championship on Saturday at MIT. The Engineers posted their best finish in the NEWMAC era with 125 points. MIT, who picked up its seventh consecutive team title, totaled 249 points.
Velleca claimed her first NEWMAC title with a time of 25.22 in the 200-meter dash while Pellegrini broke the tape with a 14.91 in the 100-meter hurdles. Pumphrey, meanwhile, was able to secure her first NEWMAC high jump championship with a clearance of 5-4.25 after finishing as the runner up to former teammate Julie Eagle in 2013 and 2014. A WPI student-athlete has now won the high jump five of the last six years. Strangio's record time of 2:18.50 in the 800 was good for third.
Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA) was third in the 200 (25.59) and Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) earned third-place points in the high jump (5-2.25). Rhinehart also clocked a 58.88 to place third in the 400-meter dash.
The 4x400-meter relay team cosnisting of Velleca, Rhinehart, Pellegrini and Strangio boasted a second-place time of 3:59.74 as the foursome of Velleca, Pellegrini, Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and Rhinehart were third in the 4x100-meter relay (49.40). Caitlin Walde (Edmonds, WA) finished the 10,000-meter run in under 40 minutes with a second-place time of 39:24.90 as Jasmine Higuera (Riverside, CA) posted a fifth-place time of 40:41.70.
Pellegrini led a trio of Engineers in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.53. She was followed by Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) in fourth (1:08.53) and Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) in sixth (1:08.94). Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) added a third-place effort for the Engineers with a leap of 36-8.5 and Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) came hime eighth (33-1) in the triple jump.
Three Boynton Hillers made the finals of the 100-meter dash as Velleca finished fourth (12.41), Price crossed the finish line seventh (12.60) and Richard was eighth (12.90). Katie McManus (North Andover, MA) was fifth in the shot put (35-6.05) while Kelsey Leigher (Oxford, MA) was fifth in the discus (123-3.75) and sixth in the hammer (135-8.50).
Emily Newman (Easton, MA) picked up seventh and eighth place points in the 5,000-meter run (19:12.60) and 1,500-meter run (4:52.32), respectively. Richard and Norma Bachman (Haverhill, MA) also earned valuable points for the Engineer with eight-place finishes in the long jump (16-4.5) and javelin (96-1.75).
Qualified student-athletes will return to Cambridge for the Division III New England Championships next weekend.
|Name||Event||Performance / Meet||Qualified For|
|Anne Harris||100m||12.34 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard||DIII NE, ECAC, All-NE|
|Sara Velleca||100m||12.41 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE*, ECAC*, All-NE*|
|Alex Price||100m||12.60 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE, ECAC|
|Sara Velleca||200m||25.22 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE*, ECAC*, All-NE|
|Maya Rhinehart||200m||25.59 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE*, ECAC, All-NE|
|Anne Harris||200m||26.11 / Coast Guard Invitational||DIII NE|
|Alex Price||200m||26.44 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE|
|Taylor Teed||200m||26.44 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE|
|Maya Rhinehart||400m||58.88 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE, ECAC|
|Lea Strangio||800m||2:18.50 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE*, ECAC|
|Emily Newman||1,500m||4:51.83 / Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet||DIII NE|
|Caitlin Walde||10,000m||39:24.90 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE*, All-NE*|
|Jasmine Higuera||10,000m||40:41.70 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE*|
|Liz Pellegrini||100H||14.91 / NEWMAC Championship||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|
|Elizabeth Walfield||400H||1:08.94 / NEWMAC Championship||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
|Kelsey Leigher||Hammer||135-8 / NEWMAC Championship||DIII NE|
Bold = New Qualification Performance, * = Improved Qualification Performance