Packard Produces Convincing Win as Women’s Cross Country Regains City Title

Sydney Packard (credit: Kevin O'Driscoll)

Paxton, MA --- Junior Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) won the Worcester City Meet in convincing fashion as the WPI women's cross country program collected its record 12th title, including three of the last four, Saturday at Moore State Park. Two-time defending champion Mia Rogers (North Dighton, MA) from Worcester State took home the Brian Savilonis Award.

WPI, the 10th-ranked team in the region, amassed 25 points while the hosts were second with 39. Clark was third (79) and Simmons was fourth (91). Anna Maria was also represented.

Packard posted a time of 23:41, or 3:57 per kilometer, which was 1:07 ahead of Rogers who placed in the top two all four years. Graduate student Emily Newman (Easton, MA), the 2015 champion, took fourth (25:16) as sophomore Keely Nistler (Vadnais Heights, MN) was two seconds behind in fifth.

Freshman Ciara Young (Milton, MA) and senior Steffany Halfrey (Hubbardston, MA) were the next duo to cross the finish line, claiming seventh (25:37) and eighth (25:38) places, respectively. Senior Carly Neeld (Williston, VT) was 19th (27:07) and sophomore Amanda Lowther (Syracuse, NY) was 22nd (27:32).

In addition to the activity on the course, the WPI cross country and track & field teams began a two-week food drive to benefit Why Me/Sherry's House, which serves families who have a child battling cancer.

The Engineers head to UMass Dartmouth Saturday.


Brian Savilonis Award

Presented to the top finishing seniors at the Worcester City Meet, the Brian Savilonis Award honors a man who had been the head coach of the women's program since its inception in 1985.  Savilonis also took the reins of the women's track and field program for a decade before relinquishing his track and field duties to focus on both the men's and women's cross country squads.  The 2010 season marked his 26th year with the women's cross country program and 17th with the men's.  Savilonis remains at the university as a professor of mechanical engineering. 

  Men's Winner Women's Winner
2019* ----- -----
2018 Michael Brady, WPI Mia Rogers, Worcester St.
2017 Tristam Winship, WPI Kristen Glennie, Clark
2016 Dan Mortimer, WPI Rachel Avard, Assumption
2015 Ryan Moran, WPI^ Julie Tevenan, WPI
2014 Joe Kelly, WPI Cassie Lincoln, Assumption*
2013 Nathan Buck, Clark* Hannah McCallum, WPI
2012 Josh Brodin, WPI Vicky Hewey, WPI*
2011 Chris Kibler, Fitchburg St.* Isabel Burgess, Clark
* Individual Champion  
^ Graduate Student  

 *WPI did not participate in City Meet in 2019