Velleca, Dykstra & Packard Lead Women's Track & Field in 2016-17 Debut

Velleca, Dykstra & Packard Lead Women's Track & Field in 2016-17 Debut

Springfield, MA --- The WPI women's track & field team earned three wins and combined for eight Division III New England qualifying marks in the Engineers 2016-17 debut at Springfield. The non-scoring meet also included Conn. College, Merchant Marine, Stevens and Westfield State.

Freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) captured the 800-meter run in a time of 2:22.52 while junior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) secured the 200-meter dash and was a hundredth of a second off a qualifying time with a 27.11. Sophomore Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ) and senior Taylor Flaxington (Lincoln, RI) were 1-2 in the pole vault as each cleared 10 feet. Freshman Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) was the runner up in the weight throw with a heave of 48-2.50 while sophomore Cole Godzinski (North Reading, MA) was second in both the 60-meter hurdles (9.50) and finals (9.55). Freshman Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME) improved on her initial fourth-place 60-meter dash time by .06 to earn silver as Velleca finished fifth in both and shaved off .05 from her prelims mark with a qualifying time of 8.18. The 500-meter run saw senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) place second with a time of 1:21.58.

Freshman Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) was second in the mile (5:30.54) as senior Sarah Muse (Portsmouth, NH) and sophomore Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) followed Dykstra and Flaxington in the pole vault with third and fourth-place heights of 9-6.25 and 9-0.25. Junior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) ended up fifth in the 60-meter hurdles (10.61) after claiming fourth in the prelims (10.41). The 4x400-meter relay comprised of Velleca, Kocienski, sophomore Haylea Northcott (Beverly, MA) and freshman Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME) took second in a time of 4:19.65.

Korn added a third-place height of 4-9.75 in the high jump as senior Marguerite Carey (Middleboro, MA) was third in the 400-meter dash (1:07.07). Sophomore Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) was fourth in the 3,000-meter run (11:18.44) and freshman Aleye Momodu (Milford, MA) registered a 28-1.50 in the shot put.

The Engineers are off until Saturday, January 14 with a trip to Bowdoin.

 

Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet Qualified For
Krystal Grant 60m 8.14 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
Sara Velleca 60m 8.18 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
Kimberlee Kocienski 500m 1:21.58 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
Sydney Packard 800m 2:22.52 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
Cole Godzinski 60H 9.50 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
Carley Dykstra Pole Vault  10-00.00 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
Taylor Flaxington Pole Vault 10-00.00 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
Faye Gauthier Weight Throw 48-02.50 Springfield College Season Opener DIII NE
         

*Improved on previous qualifying performance