Three Women's Records Fall as Track & Field Competes at Open New Englands

Maggie LaRoche and Lea Strangio

BOSTON – Three women's indoor track and field records were broken as select members of the WPI men's and women's teams competed at the NEICAAA Open New England Championships Friday and Saturday at Boston University.

On Friday, sophomore Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) bettered her own school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.90. Shortly after that, classmate Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) broke senior Julie Tevenan's (Weymouth, MA) record in the 1,000-meter run with a 3:00.17. Tevenan, who was also in the race, improved her PR with a time of 3:00.31. The 4x400-meter relay team of sophomore Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), senior Alex Price (Franklin, MA), senior Liz Pellegrini (Worcester, MA) and Strangio closed out the weekend with a new school record time of 3:53.76. Their time is unofficially 13th on the NCAA Division III performance list. Pellegrini competed in the 200-meter dash (25.65) on Friday while sophomore Emily Newman (Easton, MA) began Saturday's action with a 5:15.37 in the mile.

The men's 4x400-meter relay quartet of sophomore Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH), sophomore Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA), freshman Eric Salina (Burlington, MA) and sophomore Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) came .14 seconds away from All-New England status with a time of 3:18.79. Saturday also saw senior Lucas Roy (Bourne, MA) clock a 4:27.19 in the mile. Friday featured Staver in the 400-meter dash (49.56) as well as juniors Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT) and Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) in the 60-meter dash with times of 7.15 and 7.16, respectively.

Qualified individuals and relays will make a final push for an NCAA qualifying performance next week at the ECAC Division III Championships hosted by Staten Island.