Track & Field Collects Five All-NE Nods, Two School Records at All-New England's All-Divisions

Kimberlee Kocienski

Williamstown, MA --- The WPI Track & Field team turned in five All-New England performances, two school records and a number of career and season bests as the men tied for 25th and the women tied for 28th at the NEICAAA New England Outdoor Championship Saturday at Williams.

The women entered the two-day meet, which featured teams from all three NCAA divisions, ranked No. 8 and the men No. 11 in Division III New England.

Senior Kimberlee Kocienski (Schaghticoke, NY) unofficially moved up 30 spots to No. 21 on the NCAA performance list Friday night with a personal-best 1:02.65 in the 400-meter hurdle trials. In Saturday's final, she ended up seventh with a time of 1:03.42. Freshman Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) won her heat and was .04 off her PR with a seventh-place time of 2:12.29 in the 800-meter run. Junior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA), meanwhile, was .01 shy of an All-New England nod with a ninth-place 2:12.42.

On the men's side, junior Brandon Hoghaug (Douglas, MA) tied for fourth in the high jump with a clearance of 6-5. The 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays each finished eighth for the Engineers. Senior Hugh Whelan (Madison, CT), freshman Alex Rus (Newton, MA), freshman Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) and senior Brian D'Amore (Medfield, MA) clocked a 42.66 in the 4x100 while junior Andrew Kelly (Medford, MA), Rus, junior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH) and junior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) set a school record with a 3:16.88 in the 4x400. Sophomore Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) set a new WPI standard in the 800-meter run with a 1:55.42.

Friday night saw junior Jasmine Higuera Castillo (Riverside, CA) shave .04 off her best collegiate time with a 39:16.83 in the 10,000-meter run. Junior Aaron Weeks (Pittsfield, MA) heaved the javelin a personal-best 188-08.

Junior Brittney Lambert (Hudson, NH) matched her season best 5-3 in the high jump while classmate Sara Velleca (Woodbury, CT) improved a total of 49 spots on the NCAA list with season-low times of 12.53 in the 100-meter dash and 25.66 in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Faye Gauthier (West Warwick, RI) came up three inches short of her season and overall PR with a distance of 159-11 in the hammer throw. D'amore and Fleury were a combined .06 off their season bests of 10.96 and 11.07, respectively, in the 100-meter run as senior Austin Scott (Waddington, NY) achieved a season PR of 3:56.06, which was .06 off his collegiate best.

Select student-athletes travel to Oneonta (Wednesday and Thursday) or MIT (Thursday) for last chances at earning a trip to Geneva, Ohio for the 2017 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, hosted by Mount Union, May 25-27.