Strangio and Packard Named to Women's XC/T&F Academic All-District Team

Sydney Packard and Lea Strangio
Sydney Packard and Lea Strangio

WORCESTER – WPI senior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) earned a third Google Cloud Academic All-District® I Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Team honor, as selected by CoSIDA. Sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) was also recognized by the sports information directors in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. The chemical engineering majors are now on the ballot for Academic All-America consideration.

Strangio recently competed at the NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships for the third time in as many meets (2017 outdoor – 800m, 2018 indoor – DMR, 2018 outdoor – 800m). On the regional level, the four-time USTFCCCA honoree amassed seven individual and six relay All-New England (D3) nods, and was a member of the runner up 4x800m at the 2016 NEICAAA outdoor championships. Within the NEWMAC, Strangio is a five-time All-Conference performer and three time champion, as well as a 2017 cross country All-Conference selection.

The six-time Academic All-NEWMAC honoree has five USTFCCCA academic accolades to date. In 2016, Strangio traveled to Capetown, South Africa to complete an IQP titled "Exploring Market Opportunities for Women in Wine in the South African and Global Wine Industries" and followed up with an MQP performing "Analysis of Total Package Oxygen in Cans of Downeast Cider." A member of Phi Sigma Sigma, Strangio is also in the Omega Chi Epsilon chemical engineering honor society.

Packard, who has competed at every possible NCAA Division III Track & Field Championship thus far, recently earned a third All-America honor with a fourth-place showing in the 800-meter run at the outdoor meet. Earlier in the year, the sophomore became the 10th-fastest woman in Division III indoor 800m history with a third-place 2:09.10. The fall, meanwhile, featured All-NEWMAC and All-Region cross country performances.

The 2017 NEWMAC champion in the 4x400m collected the 800m and 1500m titles to go along with the Division III New England 800m crown in 2018. In all, Packard is a three-time relay and two-time individual All-New England (D3) performer. The six-time USTFCCA track & field All-Region has also earned a pair of academic nods from the organization, as well as a pair from the NEWMAC.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable) and he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

CoSIDA Release