Women's Track & Field Bests No. 11 Williams En Route to Amherst Spring Fling Crown

Liz Pellegrini

Amherst, MA --- The 4x800-meter relay shattered the WPI outdoor women's track & field record as the Engineers captured the Amherst Spring Fling team crown Saturday. The nine-team competition included Williams who is currently No. 11 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division III national computer rankings and the top team in the USTFCCCA regional computer rankings.

The Crimson and Gray, who entered the meet seventh in the same regional rankings, totaled 138.5 points to best Coast Guard (110), Amherst (97), Wesleyan (50), Trinity (48), nationally-ranked Williams (47), Brandeis (46.5), Connecticut College (31) and Plymouth State (28).

Senior Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) and sophomores Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH), Emily Newman (Easton, MA)  and Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) bettered the 4x800 school record by 6.73 seconds as they collaborated to hand in a winning-time of 9:32.88. LaRoche and Newman were on the team that previously set the mark (9:39.61) at the All-New England All-Divisions (NEICAAA) Championships at MIT in May of 2015. The other two members of the quartet were then-freshman Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) and then-junior Jessica Orr (Westerly, RI). Despite posting identical times of 4:48.92 in the 1,500-meter run, Tevenan was the runner up and Newman came home third. LaRoche and Strangio were separated by .07 seconds as they placed fourth (1:00.57) and fifth (1:00.64) in the 400-meter dash, respectively.

Sophomore Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) won the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.46, which was .08 better than senior Alex Price's (Franklin, MA) time of 12.55, and ranked 29th in Division III as of Saturday night. Sophomore Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) ran a 13-flat to finish fourth. Velleca also captured the 200-meter dash (25.59), which is ranked 18th on the NCAA DIII performance list, while freshman Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA) took sixth (27.02). Teed also helped the 4x100 B relay finish second as she teamed up with freshman Cole Godzinski (North Reading, MA), freshman Haylea Northcott (Beverly, MA) and Junior Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) to turn in a time of 51.81.

The 100-meter hurdles saw senior Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA) earn gold (15.26) and Godzinski take silver (16.22) while sophomore Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) was sixth (17.77). Pellegrini's time is good for No. 34 in Division III. Senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) clocked a 1:06.58 which was good for second in the 400-meter hurdles. Freshman Katie Nugent (Huntington, NY) took third in the 800-meter run (2:21.18) as junior Sarah Muse (Portsmouth, NH) tied for third in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet. Sophomore Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) rounded out the winners with a clearance of 5-2.25 in the high jump, and moved up to 34th nationally, while freshman Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) was fourth (5-0.25). 

The local duo of freshman Kendra O'Malley (Charlton, MA) and sophomore Kelsey Leigher (Oxford, MA) posted fourth and fifth place efforts in the hammer throw with distances of 130-1 and 127-10. Leigher was also third in the discus (119-3) and was followed by sophomore Kirsten Herchenroder (Plaistow, NH) in fifth (115-8). Graduate student Caitlin Walde (Edmonds, WA) claimed sixth-place points in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:47.86.

Women's Track and Field treks to Springfield Saturday for a tri-meet that includes Coast Guard. 

 

Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet Qualified For
Sara Velleca 100m 12.46 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Alex Price 100m 12.55* Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Sara Velleca 200m 25.59 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Katie Nugent 400m 1:00.33 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Maggie LaRoche 400m 1:00.57 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Lea Strangio 400m 1:00.64 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Lea Strangio 800m 2:19.71 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Katie Nugent 800m 2:21.18 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Julie Tevenan 800m 2:22.15 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Emily Newman 1500m 4:48.92* Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Julie Tevenan 1500m 4:48.92 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Caitlin Walde 10,000m 39:31 FSU Jim Sheehan Invitational
New England DIII, NEICAAA
Jasmine Higuera 10,000m
40:38 FSU Jim Sheehan Invitational
New England DIII
Jessica Orr 10,000m
40:39 FSU Jim Sheehan Invitational
New England DIII
Liz Pellegrini 100H  15.26 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Cole Godzinski 100H 16.22 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Kimberlee Kocienski 400H 1:06.58 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Brittney Lambert High Jump 5-2.25* Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Xandria Korn High Jump 5-0.25 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Taylor Flaxington Pole Vault 10-6 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Sarah Muse Pole Vault 10-6 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Carley Dykstra Pole Vault 10-6 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Kelsey Leigher Discus 121-7 CGA Spring Invite New England DIII
Kirsten Herchenroder Discus 115-8 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
         

*Improved on previous qualifying performance