Amherst, MA --- Two relays and four individuals handed in winning performances to help the WPI Women's Track and Field team secure the Amherst Spring Fling crown on Saturday.
The Crimson and Gray, who are ranked 29th in the region based on last week's lone event, totaled 97.5 points. The Engineers were followed by No. 11 Trinity (60), No. 13 Wheaton (54.5), No. 21 Amherst (53.5), No. 10 Conn College (53), No. 1 Williams (38), No. 22 Brandeis (26), No. 23 Wesleyan (19.5), Plymouth State (18) and No. 2 Middlebury (13). It was the season opener for Plymouth State while Williams and Middlebury rested their top student-athletes.
Freshman Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME), senior Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME), junior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) and junior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) captured the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 50.56 while the 4x800-meter relay quartet of freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA), junior Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH), graduate student Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) and junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) collaborated for a winning time of 9:48.40.
Grant also took the long jump with a distance of 17-4, which is just 1.25 inches off the current school record. Freshman Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) claimed the hammer with a throw of 150-5 while junior Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) once again made the transition from the parquet to win the high jump in her season debut, this time with a height of 5-2.25. Senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) kicked off her final campaign with the 400-meter hurdle title as she broke the tape with a time of 1:07.85.
Junior Emily Newman (Easton, MA), freshman Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA), sophomore Katie Nugent (Huntington, CT) and senior Julia Smith (Cranston, RI) also had success in the 4x800 with a second-place 10:14.55. Also earning silver were senior Taylor Flaxington (Lincoln, RI) in the pole vault (10 feet), junior Kirsten Herchenroder (Plaistow, NH) in the discus (112-5), Nugent in the 400-meter dash (1:00.38), and Velleca in the 100-meter dash (12.67), which was two spots and .32 seconds ahead of Teed (12.99).
The high jump also featured junior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) and sophomore Xandria Korn (Woodinville, WA). The duo cleared 5-0.25 as they landed third and tied for fourth courtesy of tiebreakers. Velleca added a third place time of 26.06, as did Packard in the 1,500-meter run (4:48.17). McAdams posted a fourth-place 16.36 in the 100-meter hurdles. A pair of Engineers collected points in the steeplechase as sophomore Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) finished fourth (12:18.63) and freshman Ari Rozen (Carver, MA) placed sixth (12:22.53).
Teed was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 16-5.75 while sophomore Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ) was fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 31-10.25. Newman and Walfield also pitched in with sixth-place showings in the 800-meter run (2:24.86) and 400-meter hurdles.
Women's Track and Field has a busy weekend with the Conn College Elite Distance and Multi-Event, as well as a tri-meet at Coast Guard with Springfield on Friday.