Nippert Set Record as Women’s Track & Field Competes at Williams Quad Invitational

Kirsten Herchenroder

Williamstown, MA --- Freshman Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) set a school record and, along with sophomore Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI), won an event as WPI faced SUNY Oneonta, Middlebury and top-ranked Williams Saturday.

The hosts are No. 1 in the latest USTFCCCA national poll while Middlebury is fourth and the Engineers are eighth in the regional poll.

Nippert leaped 17-9.75 to better the previous mark of 17-5.25 set by Emily Pearce '12. Gauthier, meanwhile, propelled the hammer 147-6 to lead a bunch of Engineers in the event. Freshmen Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) and Hannah Schulz (Berlin, CT) handed in season-bests of 16-4.5 and 15-10.25 to take fourth and seventh in the long jump, respectively. Junior Kendra O'Malley (Charlton, MA) was the runner up with a throw of 143-6 while senior Kirsten Herchenroder (Plaistow, NH) handed in a PR of 135-3 to claim fourth in the hammer.

Freshman Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA), senior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) and senior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) joined Nippert in the 4x100-meter relay that took second in 50.21, just .35 seconds behind Middlebury in a head-to-head matchup. Velleca and Teed were also fourth (26.65) and fifth (26.70) in the 200-meter dash.

Freshman Allison Kloeckner (Shelburne, VT) earned second in the shot put with a heave of 36-11.75 while Herschenroder achieved another PR, this time with a 34-6.75 to take fifth. Herchenroder also placed second in the discus with a 117-8.

The 4x400-meter relay configuration of junior Katie Nugent (Huntington, CT), sophomore Nicole Mattson (Marion, MA), freshman Madison Perry (Biddeford, ME) and senior Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) came home third with a time of 4:22.99. Nugent added a fourth-place 1:00.59 in the 400-meter dash and Mattson was fifth in the triple jump (32-11.25).

Junior Cole Godzinski (North Reading, MA) was sixth (17.49) in the 100-meter hurdles as was sophomore Carlisle Ferguson (Harvard, MA) with a clearance of 9-2.25 in the pole vault. Senior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) chipped in with a sixth-place toss of 100-3 in the javelin.

Women's Track & Field heads to Springfield Saturday for the 2018 NEWMAC Championships.