Northampton, MA --- The WPI women's track and field team made it back-to-back titles, tying with MIT to take home the 2022 NEWMAC Women's Track and Field Championship. The event was hosted by Smithon Saturday.
The Engineers and Engineers tied with 197 points in the meet to blow away the rest of the field. Springfield took third with 89 points, while Coast Guard was fifth with 84 and Smith, sixth with 70. Wheaton (55), Wellesley (35), Mount Holyoke (31), and Babson (19) rounded out the field.
Individually, WPI took home nine NEWMAC titles and finished with 15 total All-Conference honors. Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA) led the charge by winning all four events she competed in, while Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) won two events and Caitlin Guilfoyle (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) and Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) also nabbed titles. Nippert added a relay title with teammates Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) and Jazmyn Ewing (Worcester, MA).
Barthelmes was spectacular, setting two meet records and one school record to take home four titles. In the discus, she threw 45.02m to top her own school record. Barthelmes took down a 23-year-old meet record in the shot put, winning with a toss of 13.96m. She also set a meet record in the hammer, throwing 54.16m, while she won the javelin with a best toss of 38.70m.
Nippert recorded three individual All-NEWMAC honors, winning the 200-meter dash and the long jump, and taking second in the 100-meter dash. In the 200m, she went 25.26, while she topped the meet record in the long jump with a leap of 5.86m. In the 100m, her time of 11.99 placed her second.
Guilfoyle now stands as the conference's 1500-meter champion, winning the event in a time of 4:48.15. She also took eighth to score a point for the Engineers in the 5000-meter event, running a 19:03.84.
Packard took home the 800-meter title in a time of 2:12.87, taking down a NEWMAC meet record in the process.
WPI's other relay nabbed NEWMAC All-Conference honors with a second-place finish in the 4x400m event. There, the foursome of Leithsa Dimanche (Billerica, MA), Isabel Hallal (Foxboro, MA), Elise Deshusses (Chapel Hill, NC), and Packard placed second with a time of 4:04.50.
Also earning runner-up finishes for the Engineers were Pawlak, Victoria Carreiro (Westerly, RI), Olivia Spielberger (Hingham, MA), and Knight. Pawlak was second in the long jump with a 5.51m, while Carreiro was second in the javelin with a 36.51m toss. Spielberger nabbed second in the triple jump in 10.73m, while Knight rounded out the All-Conference honorees with a 25.36 in the 200-meter dash.
Pawlak rounded out her meet with a pair of fourth-place finishes, going 25.59 in the 200-meter dash and 12.05 in the 100-meter dash. She was also seventh in the triple jump with a 10.24m effort. Knight was right behind her in the 100, finishing fifth in 12.12.
The Engineers ended up with four of the top five spots in the javelin to score major points. After Barthelmes and Carreiro, it was Abby Calistra (North Attleboro, MA) in third (35.66m) and Elizabeth Matticoli (South Brunswick, NJ) taking fifth (35.11m).
Rounding out the top-five finishes for WPI were Lora Dufresne (Sutton, MA), Bridget Wirtz (Branford, CT), Morgan Collins (Hudson, MA), and Michaela Mattson (Marion, MA). Dufresne was third in the 1500m, Wirtz tied for third in the pole vault (10.57m), Collins was fourth in the discus (38.18m), and Mattson was fourth in the triple jump was a leap of 10.57m.
In the 800-meter race, after Packard, Elise Deshusses (Chapel Hill, NC) and Deidra Anderson (Billerica, MA) made it three scorers for WPI. Deshusses was sixth in 2:22.80 and Anderson, seventh in 2:23.50.
Charlotte Kokernak (Niskayuna, NY) had two scoring finishes, taking seventh in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:11.94 and eighth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 12:27.51.
Up next for the Engineers, qualified student-athletes will compete at the 2022 New England Division III Championships. The two-day event is being hosted by Williams on May 6 and 7.