Thomas and Packard Qualify For Saturday Finals at NCAA D3 Track and Field Championships

Sydney Packard - WPI Women's Track and Field

Greensboro, NC --- Senior Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) and graduate student Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) each remained on track to add to their respective All-America totals by advancing to Saturday's championship finals with strong performances on day two of the NCAA Division III Championships Track and Field Championships at Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Thomas parlayed a fantastic start in the men's 110 meter hurdles to post a time of 14.50 and placed second in his heat to automatically qualify for Saturday's final.  The 2019 and 2020 Indoor All-American notched the seventh fastest time in Friday's qualifying heats after being seeded 12th entering the day.  Classmate Malek ElShakhs (Storrs, CT) finished 16th on the day collecting a time of 15.40.  It capped a memorable May for the senior who helped his team win its first-ever NEWMAC championship only to break his foot a day later and return in less than a month to compete at nationals on Friday.    

Packard, a six-time All-America, followed her championship qualification in the women's 1,500 meters on Thursday by repeating the feat Friday in the 800 meters.  The graduate student finished fourth in her heat and will enter the final seeded sixth overall in a time of 2:11.16, less than a second off the top time.  Packard will have a busy Saturday with the 1,500 meter championship at 12:25pm and the 800 meter final less than 90 minutes later at 1:50pm. 

Freshman Vivienne Evans (Newtown Square, PA) competed Friday in the preliminaries of the women's 100 meter dash.  The rookie took fourth in her heat and 15th overall with a time of 12.14.  Evans will return to the track Saturday for the finals of the 4x100 meter relay with teammates Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA), Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) and Katy Nippert (Salem, NH).  The relay is seeded fifth after clocking a time of 47.45 in the Thursday prelims. 

The relay will be the first action of the day for the Crimson and Gray with the gun slated for a 12:05pm start.  Thomas' bid for a national title in the 110 meter hurdles is schedule for 1pm and Packard attempts her double at 12:25pm and 1:50pm. 

Men's 110 Meter Hurdles 

Women's 100 Meters 

Women's 800 Meters 

Saturday's Schedule