New London, CT --- Seniors Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) and Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ) each won an event as the WPI women's track & field team placed sixth at the Connecticut College Silfen Track & Field Invitational.
No. 13 Middlebury won the two-day meet with 116 points. Regional No. 9 Bowdoin (108), regional No. 4 Tufts (94.5), regional No. 8 Connecticut College (83) and regional No. 6 Trinity (80) rounded out the top five. Regional No. 10 WPI (62.5) was followed by Division II New Haven (55.83), Springfield (54.5), regional No. 7 Coast Guard (53) and Keene State (22.33). The Engineers also bested the contingent representing Division II No. 19 Franklin Pierce (T-18th – 7pts).
Korn cleared 5-3 in the high jump while Dykstra became the lone record holder in the outdoor pole vault with a clearance of 12-4.75, which is unofficially third on the NCAA Division III performance list. Freshman Bridget Wirtz (Branford, CT) also improved on a previous Division III New England qualifying performance with a runner up pole vault height of 11-7.75. Sophomore Kelley Townley (Syracuse, NY) added a sixth-place height of 9-8 while Korn also vaulted 9-8.
In the elite distance portion of the meet, sophomore Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) came home second with a personal-best, and NEICAAA qualifying, time of 11:29.73 while senior Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) followed with a ninth-place, and Division III New England entry, time of 12:12.58 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Junior Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) finished 25th in the 1,500-meter run and senior Katie Nugent (Huntington Station, NY) placed 37th in the 800-meter run.
Freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) was third in the triple jump with a D3NE-qualifying leap of 35-5 and was fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.86). Sophomore Abby McGahey (Canandaigua, NY) tied for eighth in the triple jump (34.75) and freshman Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) was ninth in the 100m (13.05). Junior Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) was fifth in the hammer throw (143-11), as was freshman Victoria Carreiro (Westerly, RI) in the javelin (119-9).
Sophomore Elizabeth Kirschner (South Hamilton, MA) accumulated 3,350 points over the two days to take eighth in the heptathlon.
The Engineers trek to Williamstown Saturday to compete against Williams and No. 13 Middlebury.