Dykstra Nails Down All-America in Pole Vault on First Day of NCAA Indoor Championships

Dykstra Nails Down All-America in Pole Vault on First Day of NCAA Indoor Championships

BOSTON – Senior Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ) became WPI's first All-American in the pole vault with a fourth-place clearance of 12-5.5 on the first day of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center. All four track individuals made the finals and are in line for All-America honors on Saturday.

Dykstra made her first attempts at 3.45m, 3.70m, 3.75m and 3.80m, and the second attempt at 3.60m. The final height attempt of 12-7.50 would have been a new school record. It was also the women's program's 12th All-America performance under head coach Brian Chabot.

Sophomore Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) was second in his heat of the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.21.

Junior Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) was second in the first heat of the 800m with a time of 2:17.53.

Senior Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) followed with a third-place 1:53.03 in his heat of the 800m.

Senior Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) posted a 21.87 to take second in his heat of the 200m.

Sophomore Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) began the competition for the Engineers and leaped 16-6 on her third attempt to place 18th in the long jump.

Junior Alex Rus (Newton, MA), Harris, junior Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) and sophomore Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) handed in a 10th-place 3:20.45 in the first heat of the 4x400m.