Track and Field Sees Six Individual and a Women’s Relay Accepted to Participate in NCAAs

Outdoor Qualifiers - WPI Track & Field 2022

WORCESTER -- The WPI men's and women's outdoor track and field teams will send six individual and a women's relay to next week's NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Mount Union and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission May 26-28 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. 

For each men's individual event contested, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women's individual event contested, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition. 

Graduate student Katy Nippert (Salem, MA) enters the competition as the top seed on the long jump, an event she earned All-America in during the indoor season.  The shares the longest leap this spring at 6.06m and was the top seed by virtue of the distance of her second furthest jump.  Nippert will also compete in the 100 meters (seeded 12th - 11.94) along with Katherine Pawlak (seeded 22nd - 12.00) and the pair will team up with senior Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA), sophomore Jazmyn Ewing (Worcester, MA) on the 4x100 meter relay, which is seeded fifth a time of 46.83.  Vivienne Evans (Newtown Square, PA) will also travel to Ohio as the alternate.

Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA) will be very busy for the Engineers as the graduate student will compete in three throwing events.  She is seeded eighth in the hammer throw (54.16m), ninth in the discus (45.52m) and 14th in the shot put (13.96m).  Eight-time All-America Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) will be look for her fourth such honor in the 800 meters at the outdoor championships.  The graduate student is seeded 18th with a time of 2:12.01. 

On the men's side, graduate student Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) is seeded third in the 110 meter hurdles (14.20).  A four-time All-America, including in the identical last spring, Thomas finished second in the 55 meter hurdles in the indoor championships, just five thousandths of a second off the lead.  Fellow graduate student Benjamin Steeves (Hollis, ME) will be in search of his third All-America accolade and first outdoor honor as he is seeded 10th in the 800 meters (1:50.39). 

Thursday, May 26th
1pm - Women's Discus
5:15pm - Women's 4x100 Meter Relay Prelim 

Friday, May 27th
2pm - Women's Shot Put
2:30pm - Men's 110 Meter Hurdle Prelim
3:30pm - Women's 100 Meter Prelim
4pm - Men's 800 Meter Prelim
4:15pm - Women's 800 Meter Prelim 

Saturday, May 28th
11am - Women's Hammer Throw
12:15pm - Women's 4x100 Meter Relay Final
1pm - Men's 110 Meter Hurdle Final
1:30pm - Women's 100 Meter Final
1:50pm - Women's 800 Meter Final
2pm - Men's 800 Meter Final

Men's Accepted Entries 

Women's Accepted Entries