New Orleans, LA --- Led by 2019 All-Americans Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH), Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ), Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) and Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), fifteen WPI student-athletes collected U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic accolades while both programs were recognized as All-Academic teams for the 12th consecutive year.
Wittenberg entered the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships as the top seed and New England Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in the 800-meter run. He went on to place seventh at both NCAA meets to become the fifth men's student-athlete in program history to earn multiple honors and join 2006 WPI Poly Club Hall of Fame inductee Michael Pockoski as the only two men to achieve All-America honors in the same year.
Dykstra finished fourth in the pole vault at the indoor meet and 12th at the outdoor meet, improving on regular season rankings of sixth and 13th, respectively. Harris was seventh in the 200-meter dash and also competed in the 4x400-meter relay at the indoor championship before competing in the 200m at the outdoor meet. He was also part of the school record 4x100-meter relay that narrowly missed out on an invite to the outdoor meet. Packard was the third seed heading into her lone NCAA appearance of 2019 and placed seventh at the indoor 800-meter run while Thomas was fourth at the indoor championship after tying for fourth in the regular season in the 60-meter hurdles. The indoor meet also saw Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) take part in the long jump.
Also meeting the standards during both regular seasons in the same event were Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA) in the high jump and, Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) and Bridget Wirtz (Branford, CT) in the pole vault. Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) and Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) also made the cut in the indoor 4x400m while Fleury, Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA) and William Kopellas (Needham, MA) were members of the outdoor 4x100m. Steeves and Adiletta also earned accolades in the outdoor 800m and indoor 60-meter dash, respectively. Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA) and Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) picked up accolades as part of the distance medley relay.
As a team the men placed 13th of 113 teams with a 3.5 GPA while the women tied Moravian, Haverford, Carleton and Allegheny for 20th of 184 programs with a 3.61. In all, five NEWMAC women's teams ranked in the top 20.
To qualify for USTFCCCA All-Academic honors, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and must have met at least one of the following athletic standards: competed in an NCAA Indoor or Outdoor Championship, or finished the regular season ranked in the national top-50 in an individual event or ranked in the national top-35 in a relay event on the official NCAA Descending Order List.