New Orleans, LA --- Juniors David Frederick (Orono, ME) and Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) earned multiple U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region honors as a total of nine WPI student-athletes were recognized for placing in the top five as an individual or top three as a relay among their peers in New England.
Frederick was third in the decathlon (5,882) and fifth in the pole vault (15-3) while Staver was third in the 400-meter run (48.32) and a part of the second-ranked 4x400-meter relay (3:14.60) which is preparing to compete at the NCAA Championships. Junior Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA), freshman Alex Rus (Newton, MA) and sophomore Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) complete the relay quartet while junior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) will serve as the alternate. Junior Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA), meanwhile, took home the honor in the high jump with a fifth-ranked clearance of 6-7.
The 800-meter relay duo of freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) and junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) will be making the trek to Ohio for the NCAAs courtesy of their second and fourth place times of 2:10.82 and 2:11.57. Senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY), who narrowly missed the field, was third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.65.
Nationally, the 4x400 is the 12th seed while Packard is the eighth seed and Strangio is 15th heading into this week's NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Mount Union at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH. Both the 4x400 and Packard are the current record holders in their respective events.