Greensboro, NC --- The WPI Track and Field program tallied four All-America performances Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships at Irwin Belk Track in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The women's 4x100 meter relay made history as it became the first outdoor relay in school history in either gender to achieve All-American status. The quartet of Arden Tanner (Ventura, CA), Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA), Vivienne Evans (Newtown Square, PA) and Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) turned in a time of 47.27 to finish in fifth place. The time was 0.18 seconds quicker than its performance Thursday in the preliminaries.
Graduate student Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) and senior Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) each added to their impressive career All-America totals on Saturday. Packard registered the seventh and eighth citations of her career - the most all-time by any WPI Track and Field student-athlete - with an hard-earned 1,500/800 meter double while Thomas netted this his third career honor in the men's 110 meter hurdles.
Packard finished seventh in the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:31.87 before returning to the track less than 90 minutes later to place eighth in the 800 meters (2:15.23). Over the last six NCAA Championships, only seven women have become All-America in both events. The graduate student surpassed thrower Michael Pockoski's (Class of 1999) school record of seven. Thomas clocked a time of 14.72 to finish eighth in the 110 meter hurdles.
Packard also earned All-America status at the 2017 Outdoors (7th - 800), 2018 Indoors (3rd - 800), 2018 Outdoors (4th - 800), 2019 Indoors (7th - 800) and 2020 Indoors (seeded 1st - 800 and seeded 6th - DMR) while Thomas was fourth in the 55 meter hurdles at the 2019 Indoors and seeded 14th in the event at the 2020 Indoors.
The four All-American awards now give WPI Track and Field 45 all-time with 27 occurring during Brian Chabot's 13-year tenure as head coach.
Teamwise, the women racked up seven points and finished in a tie for 35th place while the point Thomas secured allowed the Engineer men to tie for 71st.