Brunswick, ME --- Senior Taylor Flaxington (Lincoln, RI), junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) and the 4x800-meter relay earned top billing as the WPI women's track & field team was second at the 2017 Bowdoin Invitational #1 Saturday at Farley Field House. Freshman Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME) set the program record with a second-place 16-10.5 in the long jump.
The Engineers (125) were edged by half a point by the hosts (125.5) as Conn. College was third (117), Wheaton was fourth (98.5) and Husson was fifth (47). The seven-team competition also included Colby-Sawyer and St. Joseph's (ME).
Flaxington cleared an even 10 feet to win the pole vault. Sophomore Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA), senior Sarah Muse (Portsmouth, NH) and freshman Carlisle Ferguson (Harvard, MA) also earned points for the Engineers as Korn and Muse each soared 9-0.25 to take third and fourth while the rookie achieved an 8-6.25 for sixth. Strangio crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter run (2:26.15) and was followed by junior Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) in third (2:31.65). Strangio was also the anchor of the winning 4x800 team (9:55.26) which also included junior Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH), junior Emily Newman (Easton, MA), and freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA).
The 4x200-meter relay foursome of junior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA), junior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), Grant and sophomore Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA) earned silver with a time of 1:51.16. LaRoche came home second (3:10.85) in the 1,000-meter run while junior Emma MacIntyre (Grand Island, NY) crossed the finish line fourth (3:21.34). Packard also claimed second-place points with a 1:39.05 in the 600-meter run as senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) delivered third (1:46.57). The weight throw saw freshman Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) have the second-best heave of 48-0.5 and classmate Aleye Momodu (Milford, MA) take sixth (39-3.25).
Korn was third in the high jump (4-11.75) while Grant was third in the 60-meter dash finals in a time of 8.11, an improvement of two spots and .02 seconds over her initial performance. Despite clocking in .06 quicker in the finals, Velleca ended up on the outside of the top six. Newman and freshman Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) were a nearly a second apart in the mile as the veteran was fourth (5:25.62) and the newcomer was fifth (5:26.58).
Also earning fifth-place finishes were sophomore Carly Neeld (Williston, VT) in the 5,000-meter run (20:37.71), sophomore Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) in the 3,000-meter run (11:02.58), senior Marguerite Carey (Middleboro, MA) in the 400-meter dash (1:06.33) and senior Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) in the 200-meter dash (27.68). Junior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) represented the Engineers in the shot put with a sixth-place distance of 34-8.25.
Next up for WPI is a trip to Wheaton for a two-day competition beginning on Friday.