Brunswick, ME --- Junior Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA), sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) and freshman Kelley Townley (Liverpool, NY) secured individual victories while two of the three relays also earned gold as the WPI women's track & field team began the 2018 indoor campaign with a first place team finish at the Bowdoin Invitational Saturday inside Farley Field House.
The 23rd-ranked Engineers accumulated 178 points as the Polar Bears were 20 behind with 158. Wheaton (84.5), Conn. College (64) and Rhode Island College (51) also occupied the top five. Husson (39.5) and St. Joseph's (ME) (9) also made the trip.
Korn cleared 4-11.75 to win the high jump and Packard broke the tape with a 5:05.97 mile, which is the top time in Division III as of Saturday evening. Townley achieved a height of 10-6 for the 10 points in the pole vault. The quartet of senior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), senior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA), freshman Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA) and junior Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA) came home first with a time of 1:49.23 in the 4x200-meter relay while Velleca, sophomore Nicole Mattson (Marion, MA), senior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) and freshman Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) teamed up to take the 4x400-meter relay in a time of 4:17.88.
The 4x800-meter relay foursome of freshman Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN), freshman Amanda Lowther (Syracuse, NY), senior Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) and senior Emily Newman (Easton, MA) collaborated to place second with a time of 10:17.54. Freshman Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) was the runner up in the triple jump with a distance of 33-3.75, as was sophomore Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) with a 45-9 in the weight throw.
Senior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) placed second with a time of 1:40.97 and Lowther came home third with a 1:48.13 in the 600-meter run. Sophomores Ari Rozen (Carver, MA) and Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) accounted for second (10:49.56) and third (10:52.75) in the 3,000-meter run, respectively. The Engineers occupied all but first place in the long jump. Freshman Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) led the way with a second-place leap of 16-10. Sophomore Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME) was third (16-5), freshman Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) was fourth (16-2.25), senior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) was fifth (15-8.75) and Teed was sixth (15-6.75). Tanner took second in the 60-meter dash in 8.05 seconds, just .03 off her top time in the prelims, and Teed placed sixth in a time of 8.26 after clocking an 8.20 in the opener.
Sophomore Carlisle Ferguson (Harvard, MA) secured third place with a height of 8-6.25 in the pole vault. Capobianco added a third-place time of 2:31.83 in the 800-meter run just ahead of senior Emma MacIntyre (Grand Island, NY) in fourth (2:34.22). Kaija and fellow rookie Madison Perry (Biddeford, ME) debuted with third-place (1:04.54) and sixth-place (1:05.15) times in the 400-meter dash.
Junior Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) crossed the finish line fourth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 20:10.92 and Nistler chipped in with a fifth-place 5:35.31 in the mile. McAdams, who won her initial heat in 10.48, took fifth in a time of 10.40. Freshman Allison Kloeckner (Shelburne, VT) collected a valuable point with a sixth-place heave of 34-1.25 in the shot put. Mattson was the fastest Engineer in the 200-mter run (10th – 28.98).
WPI heads to Norton, MA Saturday for the first of back-to-back visits to Wheaton.