Naperville. IL --- WPI freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) finished 17th in the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field 800-meter run Friday at North Central.
Packard, the first rookie to make the indoor championships in the decade-plus that head coach Brian Chabot has been associated with the program, was in contention for a spot in the finals through two laps with splits of 32.362 (sixth) and 32.999 (fourth) for a fifth-place time of 1:05.361. The second half of the race was not as fruitful resulting in a total time of 2:18.54, which was 4.49 off her best converted time of the season as her school record 2:12.52 from BU's Last Chance Meet equals 2:14.05 when converting from a banked track to a flat track.
WPI Track & Field begins its outdoor season April 1 at Coast Guard.
In the 11 years I've been associated w/ @WPITrackField we've never had a FY make it to the ITF Chmps. The experience will prove invaluable.— Coach Chabs (@CoachChabs) March 10, 2017