Women’s Track and Field Claims Five Events at Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet

Caitlin Walde

Fitchburg, MA --- Caitlin Walde (Edmonds, WA) and Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH), Kelsey Leigher (Oxford, MA), and Kate Piotrowicz (Berlin, CT) were individual winners as the WPI women's track and field team competed at the non-scoring Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet at Fitchburg State on Saturday. The 4x400-meter relay also claimed victory for the Engineers.

Walde and Jasmine Higuera (Riverside, CA) finished the 10,000-meter run in first (40:13.82) and second place (40:58.62) while Lambert won the high jump (5-1.75) for the second consecutive week. Abigail McAdams (Oakdale, CT) followed Lambert in third (4-9.75). Leigher struck gold in the discus (125-6) and Piotrowicz took the hammer with a throw of 133-6.

The 4x400 team of Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), Maggie LaRoche (Madison, NH), Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) and Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) turned in a winning time of 4:16.07 while the 4x100-meter relay quartet of Velleca, Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA), Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and Anne Harris (Hamburg, NY) came home second (49.74).

Pellegrini was second (1:06.20) in the 400-meter hurdles and Kocienski was fourth (1:08.66). The 100-meter dash saw Harris place second (12.89), Velleca finish third (13.05) and Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA) add a fifth place time of 13.31. Strangio crossed the finish line third in the 800-meter run (2:22.91) and Emily Newman (Easton, MA) clocked a fourth-place time of 4:58.83) in the 1,500-meter run.

Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) and Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) were fourth (15-11.5) and fifth (15-9.75) in the long jump as Sarah Muse (Rye, NH) cleared 9-6.25 in the pole vault to finish fifth. Velleca also led a quartet of Engineers who came home fifth through eighth in the 200-meter dash as the freshman clocked a 27.13.

The Engineers venture to Springfield on Saturday for a meet that also includes Coast Guard.

Postseason Qualifiers            
Name   Event   Performance / Meet   Qualified For
Anne Harris   200m   26.67 / Coast Guard Invitational   DIII NE
Caitlin Walde   10,000m   40:13.82 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE, All-NE
Jasmine Higuera   10,000m   40:58.62 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE
Justine Sherman   100mH   16.49 / Coast Guard Invitational   DIII NE
Liz Pellegrini   400H   1:06.20 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE, ECAC, All-NE
Kimberlee Kocienski   400H   1:08.66 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE
Brittney Lambert   High Jump   5-3.75 / Coast Guard Invitational   DIII NE, ECAC
Kelsey Leigher   Discus   125-6 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE*, ECAC
Kate Piotrowicz   Hammer   138-5 / Coast Guard Invitational   DIII NE

Bold = New Qualification Performance, * = Improved Qualification Performance