Cambridge, MA --- The WPI track and field team completed the 2022-23 regular season with four competitors looking to improve their times/marks at the MIT Final Qualifier on Thursday evening.
Nicholas Fiorenza (Oakton, VA) took part in both men's hurdle events. The senior qualified for the finals in the 110-meter hurdles with a prelim time of 14.61 and won the finals by running a 0.01 second faster (14.60). Fiorenza is currently 23rd in the nation in the event with the top 22 declared athletes qualifying for next week's national championships. He also placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a career-best time of 54.79.
Amelia Kokernak (Niskayuna, NY) finished fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase in a time of 11:07.74. The graduate student is currently (as of 10pm Thursday evening) 27th overall in the event and holds out hope that she is one of the top 22 declared athletes in the event.
A pair of other Crimson and Gray closed out their collegiate careers with strong fifth-place performances on Thursday. Brian Brooks (Brewster, MA) turned in a time of 1:54.55 in the 800 meters while Abby Calistra (North Attleboro, MA) heaved the javelin 122-4.
Declarations for the NCAA Championships are Friday morning with the field for the three-day event next weekend at St. John Fisher (NY) expected to be announced Friday evening. In addition to Fiorenza and Kokernak learning their fates, Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) and Grace Hadley (North Reading) will officially be in the field. Packard currently boosts the fifth best time in the 800 meters and 12th fastest time in the 1,500 meters while Hadley boasts the 16th quickest time in the 5,000 meters and the 21st fastest time in the 1,500 meters.