Medford, MA --- The WPI women's track and field team earned five top-five finishes including a victory in the mile by Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) as the Engineers placed fourth with 47 points at the Tufts Branwen Smith-King Invitational.
Sophomore Janelle Knight (Goleta, CA) got the Engineers on the board first with a second place finish in the 200M dash. Knight crossed in a time of 26.51.
Junior Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) followed that up with a second place finish of her own in the 800M with a time of 2:21.84, while freshman Charlotte Kokernak (Niskayuna, NY) and classmate Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA) placed seventh and eighth in the same even with times of 2:23.86 and 2:25.76.
Packard led wire to wire in the mile run and finished four seconds ahead of the second place finisher with a time of 5:00.76.
The Engineers 4x400M relay team of Packard, Kaija, freshman Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA) and Dufresne finished third with a time of 4:07.19.
In the field events, freshman Abby McLean (Holden, MA) finished tied for sixth in the pole vault as she cleared 2.95M, while junior Allison Kloeckner (Shelburne, VT) placed seventh in the shot put at 10.89M and ninth in the weight with a toss of 13.27M.
Junior Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) finished fourth in the pentathlon with 2758 points including over 500 points in winning the long jump with a leap of 5.08M. Kirschner's 2758 points currently ranks her 11th in all of DIII New England.
The Engineers are back on the track next Saturday at the Tufts Cupid Invitational.