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Weekly Athletic Update (2/10-2/16)

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February 17, 2020

Sydney Packard highlighted a busy weekend for Women’s Track and Field by clocking the second fastest 800 meters time (2:06.54) in NCAA Division III history on Friday at BU. The only better time in Division III history was 0.01 seconds faster by Emily Richards, who is the 2017 and 2018 NCAA champion in the indoor 800 meters and a 13-time NCAA champion overall.  Packard competed in both of those years and was an All-American in 2018 in the event.  A day later, the senior teamed up with Grace Hadley, Lora Dufresne and Lauren Kaija to set a new school record in the DMR (11:46.54), the fourth fastest time this season. 

Oliver Thomas started the day for Men’s Track and Field in the 60-meter hurdles invitational at BU where he finished second in his heat in a time of 8.27.  He missed the finals of the star-studded event by 0.01 seconds. Both Malek ElShakhs and Nichols Fiorenza competed in the traditional 60-meter hurdles and won their individual heats. ElShakhs finished in a new personal best of 8.33 while Fioranze set a new personal record in 8.43.  The times were 1-2 overall in the event.  At the Williams Field and Track meet, Adam Dincher won the 100 and 200 meter dashes Garth Hull took gold in the high jump. 

Wrestling seniors Ronan BallChase Lind and Tyler Marsh all registered pins as the host Engineers wrapped up the 2019-20 dual meet season with a commanding 44-9 triumph over Western New England on Sunday afternoon underneath the spotlight in Harrington Auditorium.  The win was the 600th dual meet victory in WPI program history.  The Crimson and Gray finished the dual meet season with an 8-15 mark. 

Melanie Presseau scored a game-high 14 points off the bench, shooting 5-7 from the field, including 4-6 from behind the three-point line and Women’s Basketball outscored visiting Wheaton 19-2 in the second quarter and took a 27 point lead into the half on its way to a 65-33 victory.  Behind Presseau, the WPI bench scored 41 points, while Wheaton didn't get any scoring off of the pine. Maddie Blake and Kara ONeil added eight points apiece for the Crimson and Gray. 

After seeing its 16-point lead trimmed to just three with under seven minutes to play, Men’s Basketball’s Dakota Wheeler knocked down three consecutive three-pointers as the Engineers went on to defeat 19th-ranked Babson 75-56 in NEWMAC action on Wednesday night inside Staake Gymnasium. Jake Wisniewski posted his second double-double of the season and seventh of his career with 19 points and a career-best 16 rebounds to lead the Engineers.  WPI, which defeated Emerson on Saturday, is winners of five straight and ranked sixth in the region.  

Championships begins this week for the winter season.  Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving heads to MIT for the NEWMAC Championships Thursday.  Action begins at 4pm Thursday. Morning preliminaries start at 10am and championships sessions at 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The younger Wrestlers take center stage on Saturday in the NEWA Futures Tournament at Western New England.  Meanwhile it’s the final week of the regular season for Basketball and Track and Field.  Join us Wednesday for a doubleheader as Men’s Basketball hosts nationally-ranked Springfield at 5:30pm and Women’s Basketball entertains Emerson at 7:30pm.  Track and Field heads to Springfield Saturday of the Triangle Invitational.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty
 


 

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Dakota Wheeler - Men’s Basketball - Junior - Easthampton, MA

Dakota Wheeler from the basketball team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 16th.  Wheeler averaged 18 points and 6 rebounds, shooting 68.4% from the floor and an eye-popping 62.5% from 3-point land during a 2-0 week for the Engineers.  The junior knocked down three consecutive trifectas late in the second half to help the Engineers go on the road and defeat No. 19 Babson 75-56.  Wheeler ended up with 17 points versus the Beavers before tossing in 19 more points, including five 3-pointers in a comprehensive 85-64 victory over Emerson.

Women’s Student-Athletes of the Week

Melanie Presseau - Women’s Basketball -Sophomore - Manchester, NH

Melanie Presseau of the women’s basketball team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 16th.  Presseau netted a team-best 14 points off the bench, shooting 5-7 from the field, including 4-6 from behind the three-point line to boast the Engineers postseason aspirations with a solid 65-33 victory over visiting Wheaton on Saturday afternoon.  The sophomore spearheaded a WPI bench effort that outscored their Lyon counterparts by a jaw-dropping 41-0 margin.

 


Men’s Basketball (19-4 overall, 10-2 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/11 - Lowther Nabs Second WACBA Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week Award in Three Weeks
2/12 - Wheeler and Wisniewski Lift Men's Basketball Past Nationally-Ranked Babson
2/15 - Men's Basketball Doubles Up Lions in First Half to Pave Way for NEWMAC Victory

 

Women’s Basketball (13-10 overall, 3-5 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/12 - O'Neil and Vinson Each Net 10 Points in Women's Basketball Loss at Springfield
2/15 - Women Basketball Returns to Win Column with Strong Defensive Win Over Lyons

 

Wrestling (8-15 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/11 - Adam Marsh Garners New England Wrestling Association Rookie of the Week Honors  
2/15 - Middleweights Excel for Wrestling in Final Road Dual Match at Springfield
2/16 - Seniors Standout As Wrestling Takes Out Western New England in Dual Meet Final

 

Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Swimming and Diving back in action at the NEWMAC Championships at MIT on Thursday, February 20th - Sunday, February 23rd

 

Women’s Swimming and Diving (11-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Swimming and Diving back in action at the NEWMAC Championships at MIT on Thursday, February 20th - Sunday, February 23rd

 

Men’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/15 - East/West Success - Men's Track and Field Strong at BU and Williams Meets

 

Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/14 - Packard Clocks Second Fastest 800 Meter Time in D3 History as Women’s Track Runs at BU
2/15 - Women's Track and Field Net 12 Top-Five Finishes at Williams, New School Record at BU  
 


Results Since Last Report                                   

Wednesday, February 12
Men’s Basketball 75, Babson 56
Springfield 63, Women’s Basketball 51 

Friday, February 14
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at BU Valentine Invitational 

Saturday, February 15
Women’s Basketball 65, Wheaton 33
Men’s Basketball 85, Emerson 64
Springfield 27, Wrestling 12
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at BU Valentine Invitational
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Williams Field & Track Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Williams Field & Track Invitational

Sunday, February 16
Wrestling 44, Western New England 9
 

Next Week's Games                         

Wednesday, February 19         
Springfield at Men’s Basketball                                                5:30
Emerson at Women’s Basketball                                              7:30 

Thursday, February 20
Swimming & Diving at NEWMAC Championships (at MIT)           4:00 

Friday, February 21         
Swimming & Diving at NEWMAC Championships (at MIT)           10am & 6:00 

Saturday, February 22
Swimming & Diving at NEWMAC Championships (at MIT)           10am & 6:00
Track and Field at Springfield Triangle Invitational                     10:30am
Wrestling at NEWA Futures Tournament (at WNEU)                   11:00am
Men’s Basketball at MIT                                                          2:00
Women’s Basketball at Mount Holyoke                                     2:00                                               

Sunday, February 23
Swimming & Diving at NEWMAC Championships (at MIT)          10am & 6:00