Cambridge, MA --- Junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) was a double winner and freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) set a school record as the WPI women's track & field team placed second for the third consecutive year at the NEWMAC Championships. The 4x400-meter relay also earned gold, as did junior Jasmine Higuera Castillo (Riverside, CA).
WPI finished with 116.5 points, and its title in the 4x400 relay turned a 1.5 point deficit into a final 2.5 advantage over third place Wheaton (114 points). MIT captured the nine-team event with 270 points.
Strangio, last year's 800-meter runner up, won this year with a time of 2:14.14 while the 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Katie Nugent (Huntington, CT), senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY), Strangio and Packard collaborated for a time of 3:58.47 to secure the Engineers second crown in as many years. Nugent, Kocienski and Strangio were in last year's lineup while Packard placed third in the 1,500-meter run with a new WPI-best of 4:40.16. Higuera Castillo claimed the first title of the day with a 40:11.00 in the 10,000-meter run.
Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) also earned All-NEWMAC accolades with a second place time of 11:32.15 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which was better than her runner up time of 11:39.59 one year ago, while Brittney Lambert (Hudson, MA) earned bronze in the high jump with a height of 5-2.25 to extend the Engineers streak of at least one All-Conference nod to eight, including last year's title by the dual-sport student-athlete. Kocienski registered a fourth-place time in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:05.00 while Ari Rozen (Carver, MA) and Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME) finished in the same place in 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:46.10) and long jump (16-11.25) respectively.
Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), the 2015 champion and 2016 runner up, amassed valuable points with a fifth place showing in the 200-meter dash (25.76), a sixth place finish in the 100-meter dash (12.50) and collaborating with Grant, Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA) and Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) on a fourth place time in the 4x100-meter relay (49.76). Nugent crossed the line fifth in the 400-meter dash in a time of 59.25 while Emily Newman (Easton, MA) was fifth in the 5,000-meter run, clocking a 19:08.40.
Women's Track and Field now turns its attention to the New England Division III Championships this Friday and Saturday at Williams.
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NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team