Women's Track and Field Boasts Program-Best Fourth Place Finish at NCAA D-III NE Championships

Women's Track and Field Boasts Program-Best Fourth Place Finish at NCAA D-III NE Championships

Cambridge, MA --- Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT), Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA), Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA) all struck gold as the WPI Women's Track and Field team finished a program-best fourth at the NCAA Division III New England Championships on Saturday at MIT. As a team, the Engineers collected 47 points while the home-standing Engineers took the team title with 180 points.

The top eight finishers in each event earn All-New England honors.

Pumphrey, who cleared 5-6.5, won her second D-III New England high jump title in three years. Fellow All-American Julie Eagle helped keep the WPI streak alive by claiming the crown last year. Velleca, Pellegrini, Price and Rhinehart teamed up to take the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 48.05.

The 4x400 quartet of Velleca, Rhinehart, Pellegrini & Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) came home fifth (3:58.20) as the 4x800-meter relay team of Maggie LaRoche (Madison, NH), Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY), Emily Newman (Easton, MA) and Jessica Orr (Westerly, RI) set the school record with a ninth-place time of 9:47.17.

Velleca was the runner up in the 200-meter dash (25.12) as Rhinehart was eighth (25.78). Pellegrini boasted a season-best time of 1:02.54 in the 400-meter hurdles

Kelsey Leigher (Oxford, MA) came home fourth in the discus (127) while Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) tied for sixth in the high jump with a clearance of 5-2.5. Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) added valuable points with a seventh-place leap of 37-1.75 in the triple jump.

Eligible student-athletes will make another return trip to MIT next weekend for the All-New England (All-Divisions) Championships.