Thomas and Packard Capture Titles at New England Track and Field Championships

Oliver Thomas

New Haven, CT - At the 2021 NEICAAA Outdoor Championships, the WPI men's and women's track and field team earned 12 All-New England honors, including victories by Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) in the 110-meter hurdles final and Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) in the 800m, as well as a three-time All-New England performance by Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA). The men's team placed 16th overall with 13 points, while the women's team was sixth overall and first among Division III programs with 45 points. 

After advancing to the finals with the top time in the prelims, Thomas captured the 110m hurdle final in 14.52 seconds and is currently tied for ninth nationally. Nichols Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) also earned All-New England honors as he crossed in sixth with a personal-best time of 15.09 seconds. In the prelims, Anthony Algieri (Nutley, NJ) finished 15th in a time of 15.78 seconds. 

Packard picked up the 800-meter title in a time of 2:09.39, which is currently ranked third nationally. Elise Deshusses (Chapel Hill, NC) was an All-New England performer as well, crossing in fifth place with a personal-best time of 2:17.44. Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA) finished in 12th in 2:19.89 to round out the 800 for the Engineers. 

In the women's 4x100 relay, the team of Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA), Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA), Vivienne Evans (Newtown Square, PA) and Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) ran the No. 3 time in the country and placed second overall in a time of 47.29 seconds to earn All-New England accolades. Evans also was an All-New England performer in the 100-meter final on Saturday, finishing fourth in 12.23 seconds. In the 100 prelims on Friday, Tanner placed 11th in 12.82 seconds and Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) crossed in 14th with a time of 12.87. Nippert also competed in the long jump on Friday, finishing 20th with a leap of 17-0.5. 

Barthelmes earned All-New England honors in three events, beginning with the hammer throw on Friday afternoon. After placing seventh in the hammer with a throw of 164-4, she followed that on Saturday with a fifth-place performance in the shot put with a final throw of 42-0.5. Her third event of the meet was the discus, where she finished fifth at 136-7 to cap off the All-New England trifecta. Knight also earned a pair of All-New England honors as she placed fourth in the 200-meter final on Saturday in 25.59 seconds. 

In the women's triple jump, Abby McGahey (Canandaigua, NY) picked up All-New England accolades with a fifth-place finish. On her final attempt, she posted a leap of 36-9.5. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) earned her own All-New England honors as she was seventh in a time of 11:44.46. In the men's steeplechase, Andrew Yatsuhashi (Reading, MA) crossed in ninth at 10:02.96 and was followed in 10th by Jarrett Gulden (Walpole, ME) in a time of 10:18.85. 

Senior Elizabeth Kirschner (Hamilton, MA) finished 11th overall in the heptathlon with a total of 3,272 points over the two-day event. On Friday, she was fifth in the high jump (4-11.75), sixth in the shot put (30-11.25) and ninth in both the 100-meter hurdles (16.81) and 200 meters (28.20). On Saturday, she tied for eighth in the 800 meters in 2:46.64 and was seventh in the javelin at 85-11. 

In the men's 800 meters, Ben Steeves (Hollis, ME) finished 15th in a time of 1:55.30, while Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) and Tom Hanlon (Derry, NH) placed 12th and 17th in the 1,500 meters in times of 3:57.21 and 4:03.40, respectively. 

On Friday, Kaylee Gladu (Woonsocket, RI) finished 13th in the women's 10,000 meters in a personal-best time of 39:24.10 that beat her seed time by over a minute. In the men's 5,000 meters, David Reynolds (Andover, NH) narrowly missed scoring as he placed ninth in a time of 15:09.29. Logan Gaudette (Holden, MA) was close behind in 11th place, crossing in 15:18.91. 

The Engineers are back in action on Thursday, May 20 as the team travels to the Tufts Last Chance Meet.