Springfield, MA --- The WPI women's track & field team saw the 4x400 record fall and the 5,000-meter run record nearly broken as the Engineers competed at the Springfield College Classic on Saturday.
The event featured student-athletes from American International, Castleton, Coast Guard, Elms, Framingham State, Hampshire, Hostos CC, Keene State, Lasell, Lehman College, Maine-Maritime, Northern Essex CC, Oneonta, Springfield, STCC, St. Anselm, UMass-Boston, Westfield State, Williams and WPI.
Sophomore Katie Nugent (Huntington, CT), senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY), junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) and freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) won the 4x400-meter relay with a record-breaking time of 3:55.65. Kockienski and Strangio were part of the previous record of 3:57.09 which was set back in 2015. Packard also won the individual version of the event with a 58.62, followed by Nugent (58.91) and Strangio (59.35) in second and third, respectively. Graduate student Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA), meanwhile, broke the tape in the 5,000m with a time of 17:55.08, just .57 off the school record, in her first collegiate try. Freshman Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) placed third with a 18:38.80.
The 4x100-meter relay consisting of freshman Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME), senior Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME), junior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) and junior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) collaborated to win with a time of 50.12. Teed was the runner up in the 200-meter run (26.42) while Walfield took third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:10.10) and Velleca was third in the 100-meter dash (12.69). Senior Taylor Flaxington (Lincoln, RI) cleared 10-10 to capture the pole vault and was followed by freshman Carlisle Ferguson (Harvard, MA) in third (9-2.25).
Junior Emily Newman (Easton, MA) clocked a 4:50-flat, which was good for second in the 1,500-meter dash. Classmate Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) was the runner up in the high jump with a 5-1.75. Sophomore Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) was two placed behind with height of 4-11.75. Freshman Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) picked up bronze for sending the hammer 160-2.
Junior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a 16.69, which was better than her 16.87 in the trials. She also finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 15-1.5.
The Engineers were led by junior Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) in the 800-meter run, freshman Hannah Lowe (Ellington, CT) in the javelin, freshman Aleye Momodu (Milford, MA) in the shot put and sophomore Kristen Detloff (Vernon, NJ) in the discus.
WPI heads to MIT Saturday for the NEWMAC Championships.