Strangio, 4x400 Relay Set Records at BU Valentine Invitational

Lea Strangio

BOSTON – Sophomore Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) reset her own school record in the 800-meter run and was part of the school-record 4x400-meter relay as WPI returned to Boston University for the women's portion of the David Hemery Valentine Track and Field Invitational on Friday. Collectively, the women's track and field team entered the week eighth in the USTFCCCA regional rankings.

Strangio crossed the finish line in a time of 2:16.28 to set the standard in the event for the second consecutive week. Her converted time of 2:17.85 is unofficially 31st on the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships performance list. She later teamed with senior Alex Price (Franklin, MA), sophomore Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), and senior Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA) to set the program record with a heat-winning, and 13th-place time of 3:54.61. They unoffically sit ninth among the Division III leaders with a converted time of 3:57.73. Junior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY), meanwhile, gained entry into the DIII New England and ECAC Division III championships with a 1:20.58 in the 500-meter dash. 

Sophomore Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) also competed in the 800 and clocked a 2:27.40 while freshman Cole Godzinski (North Reading, MA) turned in a 9.86 in the 60-meter hurdles. Pellegrini, who began the week at No. 17 nationally in the 400-meter dash (57.93, 58.70 converted), posted a 58.22 in the 12th heat of the afternoon. 

The 200-meter dash saw sophomore Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) turn in a 26.62 and freshman Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA) post a 26.56. Sophomore Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) clocked a PR of 3:02.59 in the 1,000-meter run while classmate Emily Newman (Easton, MA) took 5:13.08 to complete the mile. Senior Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) followed in a time of 5:20.04.

The men's team competes tomorrow at the two-day invitational while the women head to Middlebury for the Division III New England Championships next weekend.


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Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet Qualified For
Alex Price 60m 8.04 Springfield College Indoor T&F Meet #1 ECAC DIII
Liz Pellegrini 200m 25.33 BU Scarlet and White ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Liz Pellegrini 400m 57.93 BU Scarlet and White ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Lea Strangio 500m 1:19.41 Wheaton Invitational
Lea Strangio 500m 1:16.65 (600)# DIII New England NEICAAA
Kimberlee Kocienski 500m 1:20.58 BU Valentine Invitational ECAC DIII
Lea Strangio 800m 2:16.28 BU Valentine Invitational ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Julie Tevenan 1000m 3:01.43 Bowdoin Quad Meet ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Maggie LaRoche 1000m 3:02.59 BU Valentine Invitational ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Julie Tevenan Mile 5:09.59 BU Scarlet and White ECAC DIII
Emily Newman Mile 5:09.89 BU Scarlet and White ECAC DIII
Liz Pellegrini 60H 9.15 Bowdoin Quad Meet ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Xandria Korn High Jump 5-2.25 Wheaton Invitational ECAC DIII
Lauren Richard Triple Jump 35-11.25 Wheaton Invitational ECAC DIII

*Improved on previous qualifying performance