National Cuts and Institute Records Fall at All-New England Championship
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The MIT track and field teams returned to action one week after their thrilling performances at the New England Division III Championship, which resulted in a win and second place-finish for the women and men, respectively. The Engineers took part in the All-New England Championship, competing against teams from across Divisions I, II and III, at Southern Connecticut State over the weekend. The teams focused more on individual qualifications rather than team scores but both fared well in the team standings, with the women placing seventh and the men finishing in 14th.
The women's 4x100 meter relay got things off to an excellent start, as the group of Jacqueline Brew, Martha Gross, Jamie Simmons and Portia Jones were trying to improve their standing in advance of the National meet. The squad's time of 47.70 seconds set a new MIT record and moved Tech up to No. 15 in Division III on the year, as it finished fourth in the event.
Amy Magnuson ran extremely well in the 100-meter hurdles, hitting the NCAA automatic qualifying standard during the trials (14.57 seconds). She was unable to improve that time in the finals, finishing in 14.58 and placing seventh. Brew ran a personal best of 15.18 seconds in the trials but did not advance to the finals. Jones was able to improve her personal best and National qualifying time in the 100-meter dash, as the junior All-America set a new MIT record with a time of 12.02 seconds, en route to a third-place finish.
Simmons gave the Cardinal and Gray its lone event win of the weekend, as she took home the 400 IH title with a time of 1:00.73, an automatic cut and the third fastest time in Division III in 2011.
The MIT pole vaulters continued to show their depth, picking up the most team points of any event, with three finishers inside the top eight. Karin Fisher led the way with a third-place showing, clearing 12-5.50 feet. Lauren Kuntz (11-11.75 feet) was fifth and Briner (11-5.75) tied for eighth place.
On the men's side, Nathan Peterson picked up the event win in the pole vault, as he was one of three athletes to clear the bar at 15-9.00 feet and won on attempts. Cyrus Vafadari also cleared 15-9.00 feet and was third.
Kenneth Cooper hit a new personal best in the shot put, finishing in seventh with a throw of 52-8.75 feet.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship will be held next weekend. The meet, hosted by Moravian College, will begin on Thursday, May 19 and continue on Friday.