Pumphrey, Pellegrini and Relays Shine for Women’s Track and Field at All-New England Championships

Pumphrey, Pellegrini and Relays Shine for Women’s Track and Field at All-New England Championships

Cambridge, MA --- Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) won the high jump title while a pair of relays broke school records at the two-day NEICAAA All-New England Track and Field Championships which concluded Saturday at MIT. Southern Connecticut State won the team crown with 72 points while the Engineers finished in a three-way tie for 18th with 15 points.  

Pumphrey claimed her second NEICAAA high jump crown with a personal-best height of 5-8.75 which is unofficially second on the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships performance list. Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA) unofficially moved into a tie for 17th on the 100-meter hurdle list with an All-New England performance of 14.53. The fifth place time in the finals was her second PR of the weekend as she clocked a 14.66 to place seventh in the prelims. Pellegrini was .08 seconds shy of another All-New England effort with a ninth-place time of 1:03.45 in the 400-meter hurdles.

The 4x100-meter relay team also earned All-New England laurels as Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA), Pellegrini, Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) finished eighth in a time of 48.25. Maggie LaRoche (Madison, NH), Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY), Emily Newman (Easton, MA) and Jessica Orr (Westerly, RI) raced to a school record in the 4x800-meter relay (9:39.61) as did the foursome of Velleca, Rhinehart, Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) and Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) in the 4x400-meter relay (3:57.09).

Caitlin Walde (Edmonds, WA) set a personal benchmark of 38:45.32 in the 10,000-meter run as Newman turned in a PR of 4:43 in the 1,500-meter run. Velleca and Rhinehart posted times of 25.35 and 25.79 in the 200-meter dash. Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) leaped 36-5.5 in the triple jump while Kelsey Leigher (Oxford, MA) launched the discus 122-10.

Eligible student-athletes will have one more shot of qualifying for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships when they head to Springfield for the ECAC Championships Thursday and Friday.