Smithfield, RI --- The WPI women's track and field team took second place at Bryant University's Black & Gold Invitational on Saturday. The two-day event saw the Engineers tally an impressive 24 top-10 finishes, led by multiple top finishes and top marks nationally from graduate students Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA) and Katy Nippert (Salem, NH).
In her season debut, Barthelmes tallied top-10 finishes in four different field events, highlighted by a new school record in the hammer throw and runner-up placements in both the shot put and discus. In the hammer throw, she bettered her own school record mark with a toss of 169'2", finishing sixth in the event. In the shot put, Barthelmes' second-place finish came in 42'1/25", while in the discus, her runner up attempt equaled 129'8". She rounded out her day with a fifth-place finish in the javelin, throwing 130'10".
Nippert racked up all three podium spots at the event, winning the 200m dash, taking second with the 4x100 relay team, and finishing third in the 400m event. She won the 200m with a time of 24.95, ranking her second all-time at WPI and as the current #1 time in NCAA Division III. In the 400m, Nippert also ran the second-fastest 400m time in WPI history, going 56.80. She wrapped up the day by anchoring the 4x100 relay with Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA), Jazmyn Ewing (Worcester, MA), as the foursome ran a time of 48.09 to take second.
Knight also performed well in a pair of individual events, taking fourth in the 200m (25.34) and seventh in the 400m (1:00.05).
WPI's 4x800 relay team of Caitlin Guilfoyle (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY), Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA), Nicole Whipkey (Portland, ME), and Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA) topped the field at Bryant, winning the event in a meet record time of 9:36.17.
Hadley started off her meet by making her collegiate debut in the steeplechase, ranking second overall in 11:35.13, just .02 off the winner's time. Whipkey was also successful in the event, going 12:22.33 to finish fourth.
The Engineers had three top-10 finishes in the 10,000 meters, led by a third-place finish and a D3 New England qualifying time of 40:26.60 from Sarah Ossing (Catonsville, MD). Kaylee Gladu's (Woonsocket, RI) fourth-place time of 40:35.60 also qualifies her for the New England meet, while Sarah Doherty (Goffstown, NH) took fifth in 42:13.85.
Rounding out WPI's efforts in the track events, Guilfoyle was ninth in the 1500m (4:52.32) and Megan DeSanty (Holden, MA) was 10th in the 5000 meters (21:19.71).
In the field events, the Engineers had multiple other successful performances at the meet. Morgan Collins (Hudson, MA) and Dreya Martin (Franklin, MA) notched top-five finishes, with Collins going 121'3" to take second in the discus and Martin going 5'2.50" to take fourth in the high jump.
Three WPI student-athletes finished in the top-10 in the triple jump, led by a sixth-place finish from Michaela Mattson (Marion, MA) in 33'7.50". Cassandra Zimmerman (East Hampton, CT) was eighth in 30'11" and Liliana Foucault (Haverhill, MA) also went 30'11", taking 10th.
Elizabeth Matticoli (South Brunswick, NJ) and Piper O'Connell (North Attleboro, MA) rounded out the highlights for WPI, both finishing top-10 in the javelin. Matticoli threw 125'4" to take sixth, while O'Connell went 118'11" to place ninth.
WPI is back in action next Saturday, competing at the Springfield Invitational.