Springfield, MA --- Two school records fell while the WPI women's track & field team placed 12th at the NCAA Division III New England Championships. Five individuals and three relay quartets finished in the top eight to garner All-New England honors.
The Crimson and Gray (23 points), who are ranked 17th in the USTFCCCA computer top 25, finished ahead of No. 20 Brandeis (16th – 15 points) and were two points behind Bridgewater State and No. 6 UMass Boston. No. 5 Williams won with 149 points and was also followed by top-ranked MIT (127), Middlebury (73), No. 11 Tufts (52), No. 25 Bowdoin (43), Coast Guard (39), No. 13 Bates (39), Wesleyan (34) and Southern Maine (26).
Sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) reset the mile record once again, this time with a third-place 4:56.10. The time is also seventh on the NCAA Division III performance list. The meet was barely started on Saturday when freshman Katy Nippert (Salem, NH), who was a half inch shy of tying the standard in the season opener at Bowdoin, achieved a school-record distance of 17-1.75 in the long jump.
Senior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) came home sixth in the 800-meter run (2:21.47) while classmates Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) and Emily Newman (Easton, MA) were seventh (3:03.77) and eighth (3:04.07) in the 1,000-meter run. Friday saw senior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) secure seventh in the pentathlon with 3,144 points, which is 21st nationally. Highlights include a PR, and second-place, distance of 35-7.25 in the shot put and a PR-tying clearance of 4-11 in the high jump.
The distance medley relay team consisting of senior Emma MacIntyre (Grand Island, NY), sophomore Nicole Mattson (Marion, MA), senior Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) and sophomore Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) delivered a fifth-place time of 12:49.32 while the 4x800 lineup of Newman, freshman Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT), Capobianco and Schadt handed in a sixth-place 9:55.90. Senior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA), freshman Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA), senior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) and Mattson clocked a seventh-place 1:48.50. The DMR performane is 44th overall in Division III.
Teed posted a PR of 8.01 in the 60-meter dash as rookies Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) and Allison Kloeckner (Shelburne, VT) handed in their best 600-meter run (1:42.43) and weight throw (44-1.50) performances thus far. Junior Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ) also handed in a season best with a height of 10-2 in the pole vault.
WPI heads to BU next Sunday for a last chance meet.
NCAA invitees if season ended today
(Top 17 individuals and top 12 Relays)