Barthelmes and Nippert Lead Women’s Track & Field at Springfield

Jazmyn Ewing - WPI Women's Track & Field 2022

Springfield, MA --- The WPI women's track and field team won eight events and had a host of other top performances competing at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday. 

Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA) and Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) combined for five individual victories, while the relay team of Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA), Vivienne Evans (Newtown Square, PA), and Nippert also recorded a win. 

Barthelmes continued her overhaul of the WPI record book by recording an Engineer-best throw of 51.72m, a mark that currently stands seventh in all of NCAA Division III. She also won the shot put with a season-best effort of 13.32m and the discus with a heave of 41.49m.  Nippert won two events -- the long jump and the 200-meter dash, while also taking second in the 100-meter dash. In the long jump, she went 5.53m, while she posted times of 25.19 in the 200 and 12.33 in the 100. 

In the 4x100 relay, Pawlak, Knight, Evans, and Nippert combined for a season-best time of 47.36, which is currently second in NCAA Division III. 

Other WPI event winners included Kayla Condon (Wethersfield, CT), Victoria Carreiro (Westerly, RI), and Bridget Wirtz (Branford, CT). Condon won the 800-meter run in 2:37.98, Carreiro won the javelin with a 36.02m, and Wirtz was the pole vault winner with a D3 New England qualifying mark of 3.35m. 

Other top performances on the track side included runner-up finishes from Michaela Mattson (Marion, MA) and Caitlin Guilfoyle (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY). Mattson ran a 1:15.14 in the 400-meter hurdles while Guilfoyle led five WPI runners in the top ten in the 5000. She recorded a 18:33.96 to finish second, while Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA) also placed in the top five with a time of 19:01.40. 

Behind Nippert in the 100-meter dash, Pawlak and Evans also picked up top-five finishes. Pawlak recorded a 12.67 while Evans ran it in 12.68. Rounding out the track finishes, Elise Deshusses (Chapel Hill, NC) was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 1:03.18. 

WPI had a fantastic day on the field side as well, tallying 13 top-five marks. Led by Carreiro's win, four Engineers finished in the top five in the javelin throw. Abby Calistra (North Attleboro, MA) finished second (35.75m), Elizabeth Matticoli (South Brunswick, NJ) was third (34.98m), and Piper O'Connell (North Attleboro, MA) was fourth (33.54m). 

In the triple jump, Mattson took third in 10.45m, while Pawlak was fourth in 10.42. Pawlak also placed in the top five in the high jump with a best leap of 1.57m. 

Wrapping up the field finishes, Dreya Martin (Franklin, MA) was fourth in the high jump with a 1.57m,  Morgan Collins (Hudson, MA) was second in the discus (32.42m) and fifth in the hammer throw (38.91m) and Matticoli placed fourth in the discus (30.86m).

WPI returns to action on Saturday at the Minuteman Invitational hosted by UMass.