Women’s Track & Field Wins Three at Williams; O’Malley Impressive in Debut

Kristen Detloff

Williamstown, MA --- Seniors Kendra O'Malley (Charlton, MA) and Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ) each won an individual event while the 4x400-meter relay took a head-to-head matchup as the WPI women's track & field team competed Saturday at Williams.

In addition to New England No. 11 WPI and National No. 2 Williams, the meet also included National No. 16 Middlebury and Atlantic No. 5 RPI.

O'Malley made her 2019 debut, and qualified for the Division III New England Championships, by tossing the hammer 152-3 on the first attempt. Junior Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) was second (149-6) and junior Aleye Momodu (Milford, MA) was eighth (127-1). Dykstra cleared 12-5.5 to claim the pole vault and was followed by freshman Bridget Wirtz (Branford, CT) in second (11-7.75). On the track, senior Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA), senior Katie Nugent (Huntington Station, NY), freshman Emma Hartzel (Littleton, MA) and sophomore Madison Perry (Biddeford, ME) collaborated to clock a 4:14.68 to best a foursome from Williams (4:17.47).

Gencorelli and freshman Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) were second and third in the 200-meter dash with times of 26.25 and 26.48 while Knight and freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) were second (12.63) and fourth (12.87) in the 100-meter dash. The runner up time also earns entry into the D3 regional meet.

Also earning silver was sophomore Elizabeth Kirschner (South Hamilton, MA) with a personal-best and D3NE-qualifying 35-5.75 in the triple jump, senior Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) with a PR clearance of 5-5 in the high jump, and freshman Victoria Carreiro (Westerly, RI) with a javelin toss of 120-10. The high jump, which featured a jump-off is unofficially tied for 10th on the NCAA Division III performance list. The quartet of Pawlak, Gencorelli, sophomore Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA) and Knight teamed up to place third in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 49.52.

Senior Cole Godzinski (North Reading, MA) took fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.91). Momodu was fifth (96-10) and senior Kristen Dettloff (Vernon, NJ) was seventh (94-6) in the discus while Momodu claimed fifth (33-7.25), sophomore Lauren Herchenroder (Plaistow. NH) was seventh (32-9.25) and Kirschner was ninth (29-8) in the shot put. Junior Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) added a fifth-place time of 4:51.6 in the 1,500-meter run and was followed by sophomore Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) in eighth (4:54.87).

Pawlak was also sixth in the long jump (16-5.25), as was senior Carly Neeld (Williston, VT) in the 5,000-meter run (19:24.73). Schadt, Nistler and Hartzel were sixth (2:23.14), seventh (2:24.3) and eighth (2:25.21) in the 800-meter run. Nugent secured seventh in the 400-meter dash (1:02.52), followed by junior Seneca Warren (New York, NY) in ninth (1:02.64) and Perry in 10th (1:03.48).

WPI begins the postseason Saturday with the NEWMAC Championships at Springfield.