Packard Claims New England Title, 4x800 Sets New School Record for Women's Track & Field

Track and Field

Middlebury, VT --- A New England Champion and seven All-New England performances highlighted a 10th place finish at the DIII New England Championships that were held at Virtue Field House over the course of Friday and Saturday, February 28-29.  

Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) came away with the New England Championship title in the one mile run finishing in a time of 4:58.15 as she was able to gradually pull away from the pack to cross the line first for the title and the two-and-a-half second victory. It marked the senior's third career New England championship and second indoor crown.  

Also adding to the WPI point total was sprinter Janelle Knight (Coleta, CA) who earned All-New England honors in both the 60m Dash and 200m Dash. Knight finished the prelims in seventh place and a 7.94 second qualifying time and kept pace in the finals crossing in 7.935 for sixth place. She one-upped herself in the 200m dash where she finished in fourth place in 26 seconds flat to add eight total points to the WPI total.  

On Friday, Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) kept her pentathlon success rolling starting off the event with a PR in the 60m hurdles finishing in 9.72 seconds and adding 765 points to her total. Over the course of the five events, Kirschner amassed 3012 points for a fifth place finish and All-New England honors.   

Also on Friday, the Distance Medley squad of Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN), Seneca Warren (New York, NY), Charlotte Kokernak (Niskayuna, NY) and Ari Rozen (Carver, MA), combined for an eighth place finish in the distance medley, crossing the line in 12:40.69.  

Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA) and Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) went 8-9 in the 800m run finishing in 2:19.69 and 2:20.34 respectively while Rozen added an 11th place finish in the 3000m run on Saturday to close out her time in the meet.  

The women's 4x800 squad of Hadley, Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA), Kokernak and Packard closed out the meet with a school record, second place finish setting the new standard of 9:24.74. They also bested the facility record, but with MIT taking first in the race that set of Engineers will hold that honor while WPI's Engineers will be added to the school record book.  

Williams earned the New England Championship victory with 159 points while MIT came in second with 96.50. Tufts finished third (88), Amherst fourth (56), Bowdoin fifth (52), Middlebury sixth (51.50), Bates seventh (45), Coast Guard eighth (38), Trinity ninth (33) and then the Engineers rounded out the top-10 (32). 

Some of the indoor track and field squad will be back in action next weekend at the Tufts Final Qualifier on Saturday, March 7 as they vie for a spot in, or improve upon their entry for, the NCAA Championships which will take place the following weekend, March 13-14 in Winston-Salem, NC.