Women’s Track and Field Defeats Coast Guard and Springfield

Alex Price

Springfield, MA --- WPI won seven of 19 events as Women's Track and Field defeated Springfield and Coast Guard on Saturday at Blake Track. The Engineers totaled 160.5 points while host Springfield tallied 126 and Coast Guard amassed 107.5.

Both relays were victorious as the 4x100-meter relay of Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA), Alex Price (Franklin, MA) and Anne Harris (Hamburg, NY) clocked a 50.23 and the 4x400 consisting of Harris, Maya Rhinehart (Springfield, MA), Pellegrini and Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) posted a time of 4:07.35.

Jessica Orr (Westerly, RI) claimed the 1,500-meter run (5:10.07) while Liz Hansen (Richmond, RI) came home third (5:26.26). Rhinehart won the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:02.08 and was followed by Marguerite Carey (Middleboro, MA) in fourth (1:08.23). Harris and Velleca broke the tape in the 100-meter dash (12.34) and 200-meter dash (25.69), respectively.

All-America high jumper Laura Pumphrey (East Hampton, CT) struck gold in her 2015 outdoor debut with a clearance of 5-4.25. Pumprey's win denied Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) her third consecutive win as she placed second with a height of 5-2.25.

Velleca was third (12.45) in the 100 as Price and Lauren Richard (Plymouth, MA) finished fourth (12.91) and fifth (12.98) for the Engineers. The Crimson and Gray also had four more runners in the top six of the 200 as Harris placed second (26.11) and Rhinehart (26.33), Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA) (27.22) and Price (27.34) were fourth through sixth. Jess Cheu (Hingham, MA) threw the javelin 86-6 to earn second place points. Norma Bachman (Haverhill, MA) was third (83-4) and Andrea Caprio (Tewksbury, MA) was fifth (75-4).

The Engineers came home second and fourth in a quartet of events. Richard was the runner up in the triple jump (36-9.75) and long jump (16-7.75) while Teed took fourth in both events (33-2.5, 15-11.5). Strangio earned silver in the 800-meter run (2:21.46) and Emma MacIntyre (Grand Island, NY) did the same in the steeplechase (12:50.77). Maggie LaRoche (Madison, NH) was fourth in the 800 (2:26.70) while Gabriela Meza (Wilmington, CA) turned in a time of 14:27 in the steeplechase.

Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) was second in the 400-meter hurdles (1:12.54) and Kelsey Leigher (Oxford, MA) was the runner up in the discus (122-4).

The 5,000-meter run saw Emily Newman (Easton, MA) finish second (18:53.49), Caitlin Walde (Edmonds, WA) place fourth (19:36.97) and Jasmine Higuera (Riverside, CA) come home fifth (20:03.07). Justine Sherman () led a trio of Engineers in the 100-meter hurdles with a second-place 16.01. Kocienski was fifth (17.31) and Elizabeth Walfield (Bath, ME) was sixth (18.25).

Katie McManus posted a 35-7.25 for third in the shot put while Leigher tied for fifth (33-10.25). Heather Selmer (Weathersfield, VT) cleared 8-0.5 in the pole vault to finish fifth and Leigher picked up a point with a sixth-place throw of 114-1 in the hammer.

Select student-athletes will head to Holy Cross for the heptathlon on Wednesday and Thursday while the full team is back in action on Saturday at the Eric Loeschner Memorial Meet, hosted by Fitchburg State.

Postseason Qualifiers            
Name   Event   Performance / Meet   Qualified For
Anne Harris   100m   12.34 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE, ECAC, All-New England
Sara Velleca   100m   12.45 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE, ECAC, All-New England
Sara Velleca   200m   25.69 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE, ECAC
Anne Harris   200m   26.11 / Coast Guard Invitational   DIII NE*
Maya Rhinehart   200m   26.33 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE
Lea Strangio   800m   2:21.46 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE
Caitlin Walde   10,000m   40:13.82 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE, All-New England
Jasmine Higuera   10,000m   40:58.62 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE
Justine Sherman   100H   16.01 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE*
Liz Pellegrini   400H   1:06.20 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE, ECAC, All-New England
Kimberlee Kocienski   400H   1:08.66 / Jim Sheehan Memorial Meet   DIII NE
Laura Pumphrey   High Jump   5-4.25 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE, ECAC
Brittney Lambert   High Jump   5-3.75 / Coast Guard Invitational   DIII NE, ECAC
Lauren Richard   Long Jump   16-7.75 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE
Lauren Richard   Triple Jump   36-9.75 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE, ECAC
Katie McManus   Shot Put   35-7.25 / Springfield/WPI/Coast Guard   DIII NE
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