BOSTON, Mass. – Coming off a pair of tremendous performances in the NCAA New England Division III Championships, the MIT men's and women's track & field teams took part in the All-New England meet held at Boston University over the weekend. The teams' focus was on national qualifying marks rather than team scoring and the Engineers were able to meet a number of those standards in a very successful weekend.
The women's Distance Medley relay started things off with a bang on Friday afternoon, as the group of Louise van den Heuvel, Martha Gross, Jamie Simmons and Anna Holt-Gosselin were looking to post a quality time in advance of the upcoming Division III National Championship. The quartet did just that, winning the race and setting a new MIT record with a time of 11:49.80, good for the fastest time in Division III so far this year.
Also on Friday, Hazel Briner hoped to score well enough in the pentathlon to qualify for Nationals. Briner finished second in the shot put while winning the 800m en route to a score of 3275 points and runner-up showing.
Karin Fisher also continued to show that she is one of the top pole vaulters in the country, as the senior placed first with an MIT and meet record of 13-3.75 feet. That mark is good for tops in Division III on the season as well. Portia Jones also ran very well in the 200 meters, setting an Institute record with her time of 24.40 in the finals, good for third overall.
On the men's side, Chindeum Umachi helped improve his national position in the weight throw, with a toss of 61-0.00 feet, good for second in the meet and currently ninth in Division III. Kenneth Cooper was eighth with a 55-8.00 foot effort.
Justin Bullock was able to set a new MIT freshman record with his time of 2:28.29 in the 1000m, which was enough to place him fourth overall.
As a team, the women finished in a tie for seventh place with 41 points, the highest team finish among Division III squads. The men were tied for 11th overall, scoring 20 points.
Next weekend, the Cardinal and Gray will travel to New York University for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship. The meet begins Friday, March 4 at 11:00 a.m.