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.