Springfield, MA --- A school record run, a pair of efforts that resulted in New England Championship qualifying totals and 24 top-five finishes highlight the WPI men's and women's track team's effort at the Springfield Triangle Classic on Saturday.
The meet, which served as a tune up before the DIII New England Championships next weekend featured Williams, Trinity, MIT, Tufts, Connecticut College, Coast Guard, and host team Springfield. The WPI women are No. 14 nationally while the Engineer men are fifth in New England.
The school record effort came in the women's 1000m run where WPI finished first through fifth and Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) raced her way to a 2:52.70 finish demolishing her own school record while also establishing a new facility and an unofficial DIII track and field all-time best performance.
Her teammates rounded out not only the platform, but the top-five finishes as Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA) took second in 3:05.76, Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) placed third in 3:08.08, Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA) finished fourth in 3:08.80 and Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) rounded out the pack in 3:12.10. On the men's side of the 1000m, Avery Ingegneri (Warrick, RI) took third in 2:37.24.
On the field side of things, Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) walked away with yet another pole vault title with a 4.60m (15-1) effort while Ari Athair's (Port Angeles, WA) result earned him a spot in the DIII New England Championship launching himself up and over 4.15m (13-7.25).
Also earning a spot in the New England Championships is multi-event athlete Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) who entered the final event of the pentathlon in second place and with a 2:41.57 effort in the 800m, earned the first place finish with a 3,136 point effort, a personal record for the junior and currently the fifth best in New England.
Additionally, Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) and Malek ElShakhs (Storrs, CT) went 1-2 in the 60m Hurdles with times of 8.14 and 8.42 respectively. Thomas' time places the returning All-American eighth in Division III. Allison Kloeckner (Shelburne, VT) took third in the weight throw with a toss of 13.91m (45-7.75) and William Kopellas (Needham, MA) finished as the runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 6.63m (21-9).
The Crimson and Gray will be back in action next Friday and Saturday at the New England Division III Championships. The men will be back at Springfield while the women will head to Middlebury.