New Orleans, LA -- Senior Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA), juniors Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) and Johann Bradley (Slidell, LA) and both of WPI's Distance Medley Relays have been named Division III Indoor Track and Field All-Americas by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Normal policies dictate that All-America honors are awarded to student-athletes who score any portion of a team point (top-eight in the final of an individual event or as a member of a top-eight placing relay event) at the NCAA Championships. In lieu of conduction of the national championship this season, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Executive Committee adopted the following criteria:
Based on the selected participants for the national championships initially announced by the NCAA on Sunday, March 8, the following will be recognized as All-America for the 2020 Indoor Track & Field season:
Individual events: ALL student-athletes declared and initially accepted into their event.
Relay events: Members of ALL relays who produced the performance that was declared and initially accepted into their event.
Packard was the top seed in the 800 meters where she had earned All-America honors as a sophomore (third) and junior (seventh). Her unconverted time of 2:06.54 in the 800 at the BU Hemery Valentine Invitational is the second fastest ever run in NCAA DIII history on a legal track and her seasonal best in the 1000 of 2:52.70 tops the all-time chart. Packard won the mile at the New England Division III Championships on her way to reeling in the New England Region's Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Year award from the USTFCCCA. The senior is now a five-time All-America in the 800 meters as she placed seventh outdoors as a freshman and fourth as a sophomore.
Oliver is a repeat All-America honoree in the 60 meter hurdles. The junior was seeded 13th in the event after posting a time of 8.14 at Springfield's Triangle Classic. In the winter of 2019, Thomas placed fourth in the NCAA Championships hosted by UMass Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Bradley makes his All-America debut in the pole vault. The junior was slotted ninth in the event after reaching a winning height of 15-11 at the New England Division III Championships at Springfield.
The DMRs made program history as they become the first relays for WPI track and field to earn All-America status. The women's foursome of Grace Hadley (Goleta, CA), Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA), Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) and Packard were seeded fifth with a time of 11:54.10 compiled at the 11:54.10 at the BU Hemery Valentine Invitational while the men's quartet of Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH), Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME), Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) were seeded seventh after posting a time of 10:01.57 at the at the Tufts Final Qualifier. Alternates who traveled to the NCAA Championships included Charlotte Kokernak (Niskayna, NY) for the women and Avery Ingegneri (Warwick, RI) for men.