Canton, NY --- WPI women's track and field's Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) earned her program-best fourth All-America accolade as she tied for second place in the high jump Saturday at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by St. Lawrence at the Merrick-Pinkard Track and Field Complex.
The seven points propelled WPI into a four-way tie for 40th out of 78 scoring teams. The Engineers shared the spot with Oberlin, Wisconsin-Platteville and Stevens Institute of Technology.
Pumphrey, who snapped a tie with Julie Eagle, only trails Hall of Famer Michael Pockoski, a seven-time All-American, for the all-time WPI lead. Eagle and Pumphrey, who combined to secure second each of the past three outdoor championships, shared silver in 2013 while Pumphrey was fifth and eighth at the 2015 and 2013 indoor championships, respectively.
Ripon's Jenna Breaker won the event with a clearance of 5-8.75 while Pumphrey and Gladys Njoku from Stevens Institute of Technology both cleared 5-7.75 to share second place. Njoku and Pumphrey also tied when they went head-to-head last week at the ECAC Division III Championships prior to a jump off. Pumphrey made her second jump at 5-4.25 before needing only one opportunity to clear 5-5.25, and 5-6.50. She then topped 5-7.75 on her third try.
The 4x100-meter relay team of Alex Price (Franklin, MA), Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA), Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA) and Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) finished ninth in a time of 47.61, just .03 seconds off an All-America time; however the team was disqualified for a baton exchange outside the designated zone. The foursome posted an eighth-place time of 47.24 on Thursday to advance to the finals.