Smithfield, RI --- Sophomore Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and senior Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ) tied a school record in the pole vault as the WPI women's track & field team took sixth in Saturday's outdoor season opener at the Bryant Black and Gold Invitational. Almost all of the point-producing results also earn entry into the Division III New England Championships.
Holy Cross (150) edged UMass (149) by a point for the team title while Brown was third (140), Division I Rhode Island was fourth (77), and Assumption was fifth (75.5). The Engineers totaled 52 to best Division III Rhode Island College (44), Merrimack (33), Siena (30), Bryant (21.5), Bentley (19) and Nichols (1).
Nistler began the day on the track with a personal-best 11:42.14, and 22nd-ranked NCAA Division III performance so far this season, in the distance event, which included two representatives from Holy Cross and one each from Siena and Bryant. Dykstra, who now shares the record with Emily Pearce '12, and Crusader sophomore Christina Jay Moore (Hubbardston, MA) each cleared 12-1.5 to better the meet record. The duo is part of a six-way tie for third on the NEICAAA (All-New England, All-Divisions) Championships leaderboard. The performance is also tied for seventh on the NCAA Division III performance list. Freshman Bridget Wirtz (Branford, CT), meanwhile, added a fourth-place height of 10-8.
Senior Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) cleared 5-3 to take second in the high jump and enter the DIII leaderboard at No. 14, as did junior Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) with a 13th-ranked heave of 157-5 in the hammer throw.
The 4x100-meter relay consisting of freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), senior Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA), sophomore Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) and freshman Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) posted a fifth-place 49.62 while the quartet of senior Katie Nugent (Huntington Station, NY), freshman Emma Hartzel (Littleton, MA), junior Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) and freshman Mary Scrivanich (Old Tappan, NJ) picked up sixth-place points in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:16.37.
Senior Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) closed out the meet with a fifth-place 41:46.82 in the 10,000-meter run. Freshman Victoria Carreiro (Westerly, RI) debuted with a seventh-place 124-2 in the javelin, which, per head coach Brian Chabot, ranks third all-time in program history. Schadt was a mere .16 shy of a point in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:22.84.
WPI travels to the UMass Minutemen Invitational on Saturday.