Naperville, IL --- Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) became just the second WPI women's track and field student-athlete to earn All-America status by finishing eighth Saturday afternoon in the high jump at the 2013 NCAA Division Indoor Track and Field Championships at North Central College.
Pumphrey is the first women's Engineer to garner All-America honors since Hall of Famer Kerri Coleman claimed her second consecutive award in the indoor shut put in 2003.
The sophomore cleared the first two heights of 5-1 and 5-3 before topping 5-5 on her second attempt. Julie Paschal of Williams shared the same path and the pair missed three times at 5-6.50 to allow the duo to share eighth place. The event was won by Jenna Breaker of Ripon. Breaker and Emily Tysma of Monmouth (IL) both went out 5-7.75 but Breaker had fewer misses at 5-6.50.
"Laura's had one of the greatest seasons a women's track athlete has ever had at WPI and it's fantastic to see it culminate in an All-American finish," commented head coach Brian Chabot. "Coach (Vinny) Kotowski has also done a great job helping Laura get to this level and I think the best is yet to come."
Earlier at the meet, Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) placed a career-best 11th in the 400 meters. The senior clocked a season-best 58.04 in her fifth NCAA appearance. This weekend marked the final indoor meet of the season for WPI. After two weekends off the Crimson and Gray begin the outdoor season on March 30th at the Coast Guard Invitational.