Packard Produces Another Women’s Track & Field School Record at Tufts

Allison Kloeckner

Medford, MA --- Sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) broke yet another WPI record as Women's Track & Field competed against four other nationally-ranked teams, and more, at the Tufts Cupid Challenge Saturday in Gantcher Field House.

The 13th-ranked Engineers were joined by No. 1 Williams, No. 3 MIT, No. 22 Tufts and No. 23 Brandeis. Amherst, Conn College, Haverford, Middlebury, Mount Holyoke, Geneseo and Wellesley also competed at the event.

Packard's 3,000-meter run time of 10:18.71 was over 10 seconds better than the previous mark of 10:28.76 set by Vickey Hewey '13 in 2010. The performance is also the 33rd fastest in Division III this season. Senior Abby McAdams (Montville, CT) won the shot put (34-8.5) en route to 2,866 points to place fourth, and rank 38th on the nationally, in the pentathlon.

Senior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) collected a first-place finish in the 600-meter dash with a time of 1:38.99 while also teaming with classmate Emily Newman (Easton, MA), freshman Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) and freshman Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) to take the 4x800-meter relay (9:58.54). The individual 800 saw senior Maggie LaRoche (Silverlake, NH) PR with a time of 2:20.85.

The shot put and weight throw saw a pair of rookies hand in their season bests in their fourth tries of the season. Allison Kloeckner (Shelburne, VT) achieved distances of 35-11 and 43-11.75 while Lauren Herchenroder (Plaistow, NH) registered 29 feet and 31-10.5, respectively.

WPI ships up to Boston for the women's portion of the BU Valentine Invitational on Friday.

Individual rankings as of Saturday 11:45pm


Individual D3 NE Qualifiers

Name Event Performance Meet
Arden Tanner 60m 7.90 Lyons Invitational
Taylor Teed 60m 8.13 Wheaton Invitational
Maggie LaRoche 400m 1:01.96 Lyons Invitational
Lea Strangio 600m 1:38.99* Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi 
Lauren Kaija 600m 1:42.46 Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi 
Sydney Packard 800m 2:12.13 Lyons Invitational
Lea Strangio 800m 2:20.37 Lyons Invitational
Maggie LaRoche 800m 2:20.85 Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi 
Emily Newman 1000m 3:06.20 Bowdoin Invitational
Maggie LaRoche 1000m 3:06.40 Bowdoin Invitational
Sydney Packard Mile 5:05.97 Bowdoin Invitational
Emily Newman Mile 5:18.47 Lyons Invitational
Sydney Packard 3000m 10:18.71 Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi 
Keely Nistler 5000m 18:47.49 Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi 
Abby McAdams High Jump 5-1.75 Lyons Invitational 
Xandria Korn High Jump 5-0.5 Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi 
Kelley Townley Pole Vault 10-6 Bowdoin Invitational
Carley Dykstra Pole Vault 10-0 Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi 
Katy Nippert Long Jump 16-10 Bowdoin Invitational
Krystal Grant Long Jump 16-7 Lyons Invitational 
Elizabeth Kirschner Triple Jump 35-2.5 Lyons Invitational 
Faye Gauthier  Weight Throw  48-11.5 Wheaton Invitational
Kendra O'Malley Weight Throw 45-7.25 Wheaton Invitational
Allison Kloeckner Weight Throw 44-0 Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi 
Abby McAdams Pentathlon 2,866 Tufts Cupid Challenge and Multi

*Improved on previous qualifying performance