Cambridge, MA --- WPI track and field had its final meet before next week's NCAA Championships on Thursday evening, competing at the MIT Final Qualifier at the Morrison Outdoor Track at Steinbrenner Stadium.
On the women's side, Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) captured the 100 meters (12.28) and long jump (17-10.25) and posted a season best time in the 200 meters (25.43) while finishing second. She also ran the opening leg of the winning 4x100 relay (47.24) with Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA), Jazmyn Ewing (Worcester, MA), Katy Nippert (Salem, NH).
Morgan Collins (Hudson, MA) also delivered her 2022 best performance. The sophomore placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 129-1. The Engineers went 1-2 in the javelin as Abby Calistra (North, Attleboro, MA) and Elizabeth Matticoli (South Brunswick, NJ) heaved distances of 124-2 and 123-0 respectively.
Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) reached the finish line second in the 800 meters (2:12.02), just one thousandths of a second off her best time of the spring. Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA) was fourth in the 3000 meter steeplechase (11:55.47) and Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) was fifth in the 200 meters (25.68).
The men captured three events Thursday. Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), entered the day seeded second in the 110 meter hurdles and shaved two thousandths of a second off his previous best time when reached the tape in 14.20. Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) was over two and a half seconds faster than his season best when he registered a time of 3:50.28 when winning the 1,500 meters and Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT) was victorious in the 800 meters (1:54.02).
The 4x400 meter relay squad of Andrew Whitney (North Kingston, RI), Owen Lally (Lebanon, CT), Nate Meyer (Princeton, MA), Benjamin Steeves (Hollis, ME) had their best showing of the season, clocking a second place time of 3:16.73 and Whitney was 10th in the 100 meters (11.21).
WPI awaits word on the official NCAA entries on Friday evening. On the men's side Thomas in the 110 meter hurdles and Steeves in the 800 meters will be headed to Geneva, Ohio for three-day event beginning on Thursday, May 26th. For the woman, Nippert will represent the Crimson and Gray in the long jump and either the 100 or 200 meters and will be part of the 4x100 relay. Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA) will compete in the shot put, discus and hammer throw and along with Packard in the 800 meters, will learn her fate tomorrow regarding the javelin.