New London, CT --- At the Nitchman Field track on Saturday afternoon, the WPI women's track and field team captured the program's first conference title since 1994 as the Engineers finished with 238 points. The team captured 11 events on the day, en route to the 108-point victory over host Coast Guard. Each event winner was named as a NEWMAC First Team All-Conference performer.
The championship was the first for 13th-year head coach Brian Chabot and the first for the Engineers since a NEW-8 crown back in 1994.
On the track, Vivienne Evans (Newtown Square, PA) was a two-time winner in the 100m and 200m, running times of 12.07 and 25.55 seconds, respectively. In the 100, Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) was second at 12.39, followed in sixth by Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) in 12.83 seconds and Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) seventh at 12.85. Knight was fourth in the 200 (25.78) to go along with Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA) in seventh (26.60) and Jazmyn Ewing (Worcester, MA) crossing 10th at 27.16 seconds.
For the second time in her career, Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) was a double winner by sweeping the 800m and the 1,500m. Packard took the lead in the 800 early on in the second lap and pulled away with a winning time of 2:14.86, along with a time of 4:44.70 to take the 1,500. Elise Deshusses (Chapel Hill, NC) finished second in the 800 at 2:19.11, along with a fourth-place finish by Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA) in 2:20.14 and Kayla Condon (Wethersfield, CT) in 15th at 2:33.18. In the 1,500, Caitlin Guilfoyle (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) crossed third at 5:02.58, Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA) was fourth at 5:07.08 and Emma Hartzel (Littleton, MA) placed eighth in 5:17.76 as the Engineers earned 20 points in the event.
Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA) was also a two-time winner, capturing the shot put and the hammer throw. In the shot, she led the way with a throw of 42-8.75, followed in fifth by Allison Kloeckner (Shelburne, VT) at 36 feet and Elizabeth Matticoli (South Brunswick, NJ) in eighth at 33-10.75. Kloeckner placed fourth in the hammer at 136-8, along with a 10th place finish from Emily Deptula (Watertown, CT) with a throw of 113-6 and Morgan Collins (Hudson, MA) in 11th at 108-9.
Nippert picked up the long jump title and the WPI school record as she posted a leap of 18-2.25. Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) was fifth at 17-3.25, Pawlak placed seventh at 16-9.75 and Kate Butziger (East Greenwich, RI) placed ninth with a jump of 15-11.5. In the triple jump, Abby McGahey (Canandaigua, NY) earned the win with a jump of 37-10.5, followed in third by Kirschner (35-5.75), Nippert in sixth (34-8.5) and Pawlak in ninth (33-6.75).
The Engineers picked up 24 points and had four people score in the javelin, led by a win from Matticoli with a throw of 121-3. Victoria Carreiro (Westerly, RI) placed second at 118-1, along with Abigail Calistra (North Attleboro, MA) in fourth at 110-2 and Barthelmes in fifth with a distance of 105-8.
In the 3,000m steeplechase, Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) captured the victory as she crossed in 11:39.37. Nicole Whipkey (Portland, ME) placed third in 11:58.05, along with Charlotte Kokernak (Niskayuna, N.Y.) finishing fifth in 12:31.12. In the 10,000m early on in the day, Kaylee Gladu (Woonsocket, RI) finished second in a time of 40:28.11 and Sarah Ossing (Catonsville, MD) was fifth at 42:27.38.
In the high jump, Amanda Borden (Sherborn, MA) and Dreya Martin (Franklin, MA) were fifth and sixth with a clearance of 5-1, along with Kirschner in 10th at 4-9. Barthelmes paced three scorers in the discus as she was second with a throw of 128 feet. Morgan Collins (Hudson, MA) was fourth at 119-11, Deptula placed sixth (105-4) and Amanda Forgione (Glastonbury, CT) finished 11th (94-3). McGahey and Keira Coulard-Smith (Gardiner, NY) placed third and fourth in the pole vault as they each cleared 9-0.25, with Liliana Foucault (Haverhill, MA) finishing fifth at 7-0.50.
Hadley placed third in the 5K at 19:14 and she was followed closely by Whipkey in fourth in a time of 19:27.55. Guilfoyle crossed in 11th with a time of 20:45.85. In the 400m, Isabel Hallal (Foxboro, MA) scored with a fifth-place finish in 1:02.25 to lead four Engineers in the event. Abigail Hodges (North Easton, MA) was seventh (1:03.84), Taina Quinones (New London, CT) placed 13th (1:05.91) and Madison Perry (Biddeford, ME) in 15th (1:06.93).
In the relays, the 4x100 relay team kicked off the meet with the win as the team of Pawlak, Knight, Evans and Tanner ran a time of 48.34 to win by 1.29 seconds. The 4x400 capped the meet with Mattson, Dufresne, Deshusses and Hallal finishing fourth at 4:15.52.
The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, May 8 as the team travels to the Tufts Invitational for a 11am start.