Liz Pellegrini ’16 capped off an outstanding collegiate career by resetting her own school record en route to a runner-up finish in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.
Pellegrini, who raced to a 1:00.09, is the fourth women’s track & field athlete at WPI and 12th overall to earn All-America status. It is the 10th time a woman has garnered All-American recognition and the 27th occasion overall for WPI. She becomes the only women’s runner to achieve All-America and just the second overall and first since the program’s initial citation in 1975 by Alan Briggs in the mile.
She joins an exclusive group of those who’ve won silver medals: Peter Sifferlen (hammer throw, 1984), Michael Pockoski (hammer throw, 1998, 1999), Julie Eagle (high jump, tie 2013, 2014), and Laura Pumphrey (high jump, tie 2013, 2015).
Earlier in the field events, Jason Beauregard ’16 finished 16th in the hammer throw with his initial toss of 175 feet, 3 inches. He was fourth in his flight after the first round.