Indianapolis, IN --- Seven members of the WPI track & field program will travel to Birmingham, Alabama for the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. Birmingham-Southern serve as host at Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday and Saturday.
Sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) qualified in the 800-meter run and mile; however, the three-time NCAA invitee and 2017 outdoor All-American will focus on the shorter race. She will also take part in the distance medley relay along with seniors Emily Newman (Easton, MA), Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) and Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA). Freshman Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) will serve as the alternate. Strangio also has experience on the national stage as a 2017 outdoor participant in the 800m.
Packard turned in the third-ranked 800m at the BU Valentine Invitational and the seventh-ranked mile at the Division III New England Championship. The quartet heads to the national meet ranked 12th.
Junior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH), a 2017 outdoor participant as part of the 4x400-meter relay, jumped from 11th to fourth this past weekend in the 800m at the Tufts National Qualifier. He will be joined by graduate student Austin Scott (Waddington, NY), a 2015 NCAA cross country participant, who will take part in the mile. Scott handed in his 13th-ranked time when the team was at Tufts a month earlier.
|Friday||Men's Mile Prelims||3:35pm EST||Live Results | Video|
|Men's 800m Prelims||4:45pm EST|
|Women's 800m Prelims||5:00pm EST|
|Women's DMR Final||7:25pm EST|
|Saturday||Men's Mile Final||3:50pm EST||Live Results | Video|
|Men's 800m Final||4:40pm EST|
|Women's 800m Final||4:50pm EST|