North Smithfield, RI --- The #6 WPI women's track and field team took fifth place at the All-New England Championships on Friday and Saturday at Bryant. Competing against schools from NCAA Division I, II, and III, the Engineers collected their best-ever team placement, recording 10 All-New England honors.
WPI tied Brown with 46 points for the fifth spot. UMass Amherst won with 74.75 points, followed by URI (61), Quinnipiac (54), and Dartmouth (47) and WPI/Brown. The Engineers were the highest ranking Division III team at the event.
Katy Nippert (Salem, NH) took home an individual All-New England Championship, winning the long jump with a best leap of 5.85m. She also set a new school record in the 100-meter dash, going 11.94 in the prelims, while taking fifth in the final in 12.03.
Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA) took home four All-New England honors at the event. In the discus, she placed fifth with a best throw of 45.52m, bettering her own WPI record in the process. She was also fifth in the shot put (13.78m) and seventh in both the hammer (53.19m) and the javelin (40.10m). Abby Calistra (North Attleboro, MA) joined her with All-New England honors in the javelin, throwing 39.01m to take eighth.
Nippert anchored the Engineers' 4x100m relay team to a second-place finish. Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA), Jazmyn Ewing (Worcester, MA), and Nippert smashed the WPI program record, going 46.83 to earn runner-up and All-New England honors. The foursome broke the previous school mark of 47.08 set in 2016 by Alex Price, Liz Pellegrini, Michelle Gencorelli, and Sara Velleca.
Rounding out the individual All-New England honorees were Pawlak and Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA). Pawlak was fourth in the 100-meter dash finals, going 12.00, while Packard took third in the 800-meter race in 2:12.01.
Additional finishers on the track were Sarah Doherty (Goffstown, NH) and Sarah Ossing (Catonsville, MD) racing to 14th and 15th respectively in the 10k, with Doherty finishing in 40:57.72 and Ossing in 43:34.72, while Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA) placed 14th in the steeplechase (11:43.03).
Wrapping up the competition were top-20 field finishes from Morgan Collins (Hudson, MA) and Elizabeth Matticoli (South Brunswick, NJ). Collins was 16th in the discus (38.59m) and Matticoli was 20th in the javelin (35.20m).
Select student-athletes will be back in competition at MIT's Final Qualifier Meet on Thursday, May 19.