Boston, MA --- Senior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) and sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) each improved their standings on the NCAA Division III Indoor Women's Track & Field performance list and three of No. 15 WPI's school records were reset Friday at the BU Valentine Invitational.
Strangio, who entered the competition 45th in DIII, was 10th immediately following the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.30. Packard, meanwhile, reset her school record in the 800 with a time of 2:10.38, which is the exact same time Ohio Northern's Emily Richards used to win last year's indoor championship; however, since BU is banked and North Central's facility is flat, Packard would have been second with a converted time of 2:11.88. Richards recently surpassed Packard for the top spot on the performance list with a 2:07.46 (2:06.01 converted) - the third-fastest time in Division III history. Packard later set the school record in the mile, and moved from 17th to ninth on the NCAA list, with a time of 4:57.63.
Freshman Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) handed in a 2:23.80 in her first individual 800 while senior Gina Capobianco (Colonie, NY) clocked a 2:26-flat to better her PR, which was achieved last year at the same meet, by 1.40 seconds. Senior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) also improved her personal-best from a year ago with a time of 26.27 in the 200-meter dash.
Senior Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) cracked three minutes and reset her own school 1,000-meter run standard with a time of 2:59.88. Classmates Emily Newman (Easton, MA) and Emma MacIntyre (Grand Island, NY) posted their career-bests in the same distance race with times of 3:00.55 and 3:12.23, respectively.
Sophomore Nicole Mattson (Marion, MA) was 1.27 seconds better than her initial 400-meter dash time of the season with a 1:02.75 while classmate Callie Schadt (Brewster, MA) registered a PR of 5:16.06 in the mile. Freshman Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA) finished the 200 with a personal-best 26.39.
After the men get their turn at BU tomorrow, Track & Field will be split again next week with the women heading to Springfield and the men trekking to Middlebury for the New England Division III Championships. The list below does not indicate intent to compete.