Medford, MA --- The WPI men's and women's track and field team took to the indoor track for a final shot at the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Tufts Final Qualifier and came away with much success.
For the first time in program history 10 WPI Engineers and two relay alternates will be heading to the NCAA Track and Field Championships and will take part in five different events during the course of the two-day event.
Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA), Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA), Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT), Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) and Charlotte Kokernak (Niskayna, NY) as well as Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH ), Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME), Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) and Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) will all represent the Engineers in the Distance Medley Relays next Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14.
Packard will also represent the Crimson and Gray in the 800m run while Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) will take part in the 60m Hurdles and Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) will represent in the pole vault.
At the meet, the men's distance medley relay raced to a season best 10:01.57 finish taking second at the meet and earning a NCAA qualifying time as a result. In the pole vault, Bradley looked to improve upon his already impressive height of 4.85m (5-11) set at the New England Championships. He fell slightly short of that, but still took first place at the meet, his seventh victory of the season, with a height of 4.71m (15-5.5).
In the men's long jump, William Kopellas (Needham, MA) took second place with a leap of 6.65m (21-10), just shy of his season best, while Malek ElShakhs (Storrs, CT) and Nicholas Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) finished third and fourth in the 60m Hurdles in times of 8.34 and 8.41 seconds.
The official performance lists will come out on Sunday night, with action commencing in the NCAA Championships on March 13-14 in Winston-Salem, NC.