Pumphrey, Davis and Relays Highlight Strong Showing for Track and Field at All-NE's

Adrianna Davis

Easton, MA --- Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) became the first WPI woman to win an event at the All-New England All-Divisions Championships when she cleared 5-7 in the high jump on Saturday.  The event, hosted by Stonehill, featured athletes from across New England from Division I, II and III and saw Southern Connecticut win on the men's side and Rhode Island emerge victorious on the women's side.

Adrianna Davis (Chelmsford, MA) crushed her own school standard in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.37 and likely punched her ticket to the NCAA Division III Championships.  The senior posted the fourth best time in the preliminaries on Friday before turning her attention to WPI's 145th graduation on Saturday. Davis entered Saturday with the tenth best time in Division III with the top 22 headed to the nationals on Memorial Day weekend.  Pumphrey registered a personal best time of 15.49 to place 21st overall. 

Five other school records were set during the weekend.  Seniors Stephen Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) and Noelle Richard (Oxford, MA) bested their own records in the 400 meters on Friday with times of 48.94 and 56.61 while each placing 11th in the men's and women's races respectively.  

The relays joined the record-setting party on Saturday.  On the men's side, the 4x800 group of Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA), Nathan Varney (East Longmeadow, MA), Ryan Moran (Pembroke, MA) and Thomas Kostelak (Bernardsville, NJ) complied a time of 7:50.52 to place 13th while the foursome of Julian Dano (Merrimack, NH), Austin Holliday (Danville, CA), Joey Collins (Standish, ME), Ditton Kawalya (Kampala, Uganda) clocked a time of 48.94 in the 4x100 relay en route to finishing third in its heat and 14th overall.  The women's 4x400 quartet of Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA), Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA), Kelsie Lazaro (Somerset, MA) and Richard posted a time of 3:59.48 to place 15th. 

The Engineers tallied two additional 11th place showings in the field events on Friday.  Junior Gary Feldman (Ellington, CT) tossed the hammer throw 170-4 while freshman Jenny Wallace (Holden, MA) heaved the javelin 116-7.  Additional, Tim Forrest (Madison, CT) dashed to a 16th place time in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 15.48.  

For the men, Holliday was busy in the sprints with a 17th place time in the 200 meter trials (22.55) and a 25th place showing in the 100 meter trials (11.33).  Kawalya was 27th in the 100 (11.41) while Collins crossed the line 28th in the 200 meters (22.99).  On the women's side, Lazaro was 21st in the 400 meters (1:06.49) while Pellegrini was 26th (1:07.11). 

The Track and Field teams are back in action this coming Thursday and Friday at the ECAC Championships hosted by Springfield.