Women’s Track & Field Sixth at DIII NE Championships, Accumulates Nine All-Region Nods

Women’s Track & Field Sixth at DIII NE Championships, Accumulates Nine All-Region Nods

Williamstown, MA --- Led by a school-record performance by junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA), seven individuals and two relays earned All-New England status as the team tied for sixth place out of 32 scoring teams at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor New England Track & Field Championships, hosted by Williams.

The Engineers, who are the ninth-ranked team in the region tied fifth-ranked Middlebury with 34 points as both were ahead of No. 8 Conn. College and No. 6 Colby. Nationally-ranked No. 7 MIT won the crown followed by No. 3 Williams and No. 21 Bates, as well as regionally-ranked No. 4 Southern Maine and No. 7 UMass Boston.

Strangio reclaimed her 800-meter run record from freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) as both bested the rookies time from three weeks ago with a second-place 2:11.57 and fifth-place 2:12.25, respectively. Nationally, Strangio is seventh and Packard is 16th on the DIII performance list. The duo also helped the 4x400-meter relay, which was also staffed by sophomore Katie Nugent (Huntington, CT) and senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) clock a fifth-place 3:55.98. Ealrier in the event, Kocienski placed sixth, and achieved a PR, with a time of 1:04.00 in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Kendra O'Malley (Charlton, MA) came home fifth, and qulified for the NEICAAA Championships, in the hammer throw with a personal-best 156 feet. Graduate student Julie Tevenan (Weymouth, MA) delivered a 11:25.30 in the steeplechase to claim fifth.

Junior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) ended up sixth in the heptathlon with 4,031 points while classmate Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) soared a season-high 5-3 to secure sixth place in the high jump. The foursome of junior Taylor Teed (Boxford, MA), junior Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT), sophomore Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA) and freshman Krystal Grant (Hampden, ME) collaborated for a season-best 48.70 to pick up a valuable eighth-place point.

Select members of the team trek back to Williams for the NEICAAA or All-New England All-Divisions Championships this weekend. 


Individual Postseason Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet NEICAAA NCAA T-50
Sara Velleca 100m 12.50 NEWMAC Championships 65  
Lea Strangio 800m 2:11.57* DIII New England 31 7
Sydney Packard 800m 2:12.25* DIII New England 41 16
Julie Tevenan 5000m 17:55.08 Springfield College Classic 97  
Jasmine Higuera Castillo 10000m 39:16.87 Tufts Snowflake Classic 59  
Kimberlee Kocienski 400H 1:04.00* DIII New England 33  
Julie Tevenan Steeple 11:24.70 Conn. College Silfen Invite 41  
Faye Gauthier Hammer 160-2 Springfield College Classic
28 42
Kendra O'Malley Hammer 156-0* DIII New England 34  

*Improved on previous qualifying performance