Women's Track & Field's Tevenan and Flaxington Victorious at Tufts Sunshine Invitational

Alex Price

Medford, MA --- Senior Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) and junior Taylor Flaxington (Lincoln, RI) each secured a victory as the WPI women's track & field team placed second at the Tufts Sunshine Invitational Saturday.

A fully-staffed Jumbos team posted 260 points to take the team title while the Engineers (119) rested a number of student-athletes ahead of next Saturday's NEWMAC Championship at Coast Guard. The hosts came into the meet ranked sixth in the region and the Crimson and Gray were slotted seventh per the USTFCCCA computer.

The meet also included regionally-ranked No. 8 UMass Boston in third (98) and regionally-ranked No. 24 Amherst in fourth (76). Jumbo Alumni occupied fifth (54) as Wheaton was the next collegiate team with 23. Mass. Maritime rounded out the field with 16.

Tevenan took the 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:48.12 as Flaxington cleared 10-6 in the pole vault. Sophomore Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) earned silver in the 400-meter dash (1:00.06) as freshman Katie Nugent (Huntington, NY) turned in a fourth-place 1:00.21 and sophomore Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) came home eighth (1:01.25). Freshman Cole Godzinski (North Reading, MA) registered a second-place 16.06 in the 100-meter hurdle finals to go along with a sixth-place 18.42 by sophomore Abby McAdams (Montville, CT). Both registered a better time in the prelims with a 15.99 and 16.84, respectively. McAdams added a pair of seventh-place finishes in the long jump (15-2) and shot put (30-9.25).

The 4x100-meter relay of sophomore Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA), freshman Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA), senior Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and sophomore Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) collaborated for a time of 49.45, which was good for second. Sophomore Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) and freshman Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) both cleared 5-0.25 and were credited with second and third place while junior Heather Selmer (Weathersfield, VT) was sixth in the pole vault (8-0.5). Teed was also eighth in the long jump (14-7.75).

Freshman Kendra O'Malley (Charlton, MA) was third in the javelin (82-2) and hammer throw (138-3) as sophomore Kirsten Herchenroder (Plaistow, NH) represented the Engineers in the hammer with a sixth-place 120-8 and the shot put with an eighth-place 29-10.25. Sophomore Emily Newman (Easton, MA) crossed the finish line third in the 800-meter run (2:19.85) and was followed by classmate Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) in fifth (2:25.28). Sophomore Kelsey Leigher (Oxford, MA) led the Crimson and Gray in the discus and shot put as her throws were fourth (122-10) and fifth (33-5.25), respectively. Junior Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) collected seventh-place points in the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.68.

Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Perf. 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 25.10 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Alex Price 200m 25.42 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Michelle Gencorelli 200m 25.97 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Katie Nugent 400m 1:00.06 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Lea Strangio 400m 1:00.06* Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
Maggie LaRoche 400m 1:00.57 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Lea Strangio 800m 2:17.26 Conn. College Elite Distance Meet New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Emily Newman 800m 2:19.85 Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Maggie LaRoche 800m 2:20.71 Conn. College Elite Distance Meet New England 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 4:46.09 Conn. College Elite Distance Meet New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Julie Tevenan 1500m 4:48.12* Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
Lea Strangio 1500m 4:51.66 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Emily Newman 5000m 18:12.69 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC 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  15.00 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII
Cole Godzinski 100H 15.99* Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
Liz Pellegrini 400H 1:02.93 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Kimberlee Kocienski 400H 1:06.58 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Julie Tevenan 3000 Steeple 11:57.57 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Steffany Halfrey 3000 Steeple 12:22.24 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII
Brittney Lambert High Jump 5-2.25 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Abby McAdams High Jump 5-1 Conn. College Multi Meet 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 131-1 Springfield Outdoor T&F Meet #2 New England DIII, ECAC DIII, NEICAAA
Kirsten Herchenroder Discus 115-8 Amherst Spring Fling New England DIII
Kendra O'Malley Hammer 138-3 Tufts Sunshine Classic New England DIII
Abby McAdams Heptathlon 3298 Conn. College Multi Meet New England DIII
         

*Improved on previous qualifying performance