WPI Track and Field Earns Three All-America Nods to Close Out the NCAA Championships

NCAA Outdoor TF Championships - WPI Track & Field 2022

Geneva, OH --- The WPI track and field team closed out the 2022 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with three All-America honors at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday. 

During the final day of action, senior Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) was announced as the NCAA Division III Women's Track and Field Championship's Elite 90 Award winner. The honor is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the championship site for each of the NCAA's 90 championships.  It marks the fifth overall Elite 90 in school history for WPI and the third in as many days as Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) earned the award on Thursday at the Softball Championship Finals and Ashley Schuliger (Lewis Center, OH) was named Women's Rowing recipient on Friday. 

The Engineers were three-for-three coming away with All-America nods in every event they competed in on Saturday. Individually, Skylar Barthelmes (Dartmouth, MA) and Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) earned the national award, as did the relay team of Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA), Vivienne Evans (Newtown Square, PA) and Katy Nippert (Salem, NH). 

Barthelmes placed sixth overall in the hammer throw, earning her second All-America nod of the championship. She launched a best throw of 52.90m (173-6) to become WPI's first-ever hammer All-American. Earlier this weekend, she placed fourth in the shot put. 

Thomas earned his fifth career All-America nod, placing seventh in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.43. Thomas ends his stellar collegiate career second overall among men in All-America honors, behind only WPI Hall of Famer, and seven-time All-American, Mike Pockoski '99. 

In the 4x100m relay, Pawlak, Knight, Evans, and Nippert recorded the highest ever NCAA relay finish for the WPI women, taking fourth overall with a time of 46.75. The All-America honor gives Nippert two this championship (long jump) and four total in her career. Knight and Evans each earn their second national distinction, having placed fifth outdoors with the 4x100m relay in 2021, while Pawlak has her first career honor.  Joning them earning an All-America citation was Jazmyn Ewing (Worcester, MA), who ran an impressive third leg in Friday's preliminary heat that qualifed the Engineers for the finals. 

Barthelmes and Nippert join Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) as the only women in program history to earn multiple All-American honors in the same championship.  Packard turned the trick twice, at the 2020 Indoor and 2021 Outdoor Championships. 

As a team, the WPI women finished tied for ninth place overall with 21 points, the best finish in program history and just five points away from a top-five showing. The Engineer men's team tied for 64th with two points.

Photo Courtesy Temi Bajulaiye - Babson Sports Information