Men's 4x800 Wins and Women's Team Finishes Eighth at ECAC Track and Field Championships

Maya Rhinehart
Maya Rhinehart

Springfield, MA --- Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA), Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA), Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) and Thomas Kostelak (Bernardsville, NJ) (pictured below) won the 4x800-meter relay with a school-record time of 7:41.57 while three more school records fell as WPI men's and women's track and field competed at the ECAC Division III Championship at Blake Track on Friday and Saturday.

The women's team finished eighth - its best placing since taking third at Williams in 2004 - with 27 points while the men accumulated 16 points to place 18th. The Brockport State men (72 points) and MIT women (64) claimed the team titles.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Warren Staver (Centreville, MD), Ryan Dennis (Milford, CT), Joey Collins (Standish, ME) and Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) improved their school record with a fourth-place time of 3:17.50. The women's 4x100-meter relay of Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA), Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA), Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) also turned in a school-record performance with a second-place time of 47.65. Their time unofficially slots them 15th on the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships performance list. Despite finishing 11th, Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) chopped over two seconds off her 800-meter run record with a time of 2:16.33.

Laura Pumphrey (East Haven, CT) and Stevens Institute of Technology's Gladys Njoku both cleared 5-7; however, Njoku, the 2015 ECAC and NCAA indoor high jump champion, won the jump off at 5-6.5 to claim the 2015 outdoor ECAC title.

Individually, Velleca came home fifth in the 200-meter dash (25.43) and sixth in the 100-meter dash finals (12.41) to earn a pair of All-ECAC honors. Her best 100 time came in the prelims as she clocked a 12.29. Pellegrini also turned in a faster preliminary time (15.04) en route to a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a 15.15.

Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) and Andrew Zayac (Plymouth, MA) rounded out the All-ECAC (top eight) performances with eighth-place efforts in the triple jump (37-5.75) and steeplechase (9:44.44), respectively.

Women's co-captain Caitlin Walde (Edmonds, WA) raced to a 10th-place time of 39:39.86 in the 10,000-meter run while Collins, a men's co-captain, wrapped up his career with a 50.37 in the 400-meter dash.

As of 6pm on Friday, Pumphrey is second in the high jump, the 4x100 is 15th, Pellegrini is 18th in the 100-meter hurdles and 20th in the 400-meter hurdles, and Zayac is 20th in the steeplechase. The top 16 relays, 20 individual men, and 22 individual women, once all results are submitted across the country, are eligible to enter the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be held on May 21-23 at St. Lawrence.

Official selections will be revealed Sunday morning.