March 30, 2008
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The men's and women's track and field teams closed out a successful spring break in San Diego with solid performances against a slate comprised mostly of west coast schools. The men finished second out of 12 in the team standings while the women secured a fifth-place finish in the first effort of the spring for both squads.
Adrienne Bolger supplied the top highlight for the MIT women as she shattered the school record in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:45.29. Bolger secured a monster personal record as well after the terrific circuit while her time topped the previous record of 4:48.00 set by Nicole Freedman in 1992.
Andrea Bradshaw also etched her name into the MIT record books over the weekend, splitting 2:18.20 to stake claim to the top spot in the Institute's annuls in both the indoor and outdoor 800m. Jacqui Wentz split a career-best 2:20.51 to finish just back of Bradshaw.
MIT also received a tremendous effort from Aline Thomas, who finished second overall in the shot put and hammer, and fifth overall in the discus.
On the men's side, Stephen Morton followed up his All-America performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships by establishing a new Institute record in the 100-meter dash. Morton out-paced the entire field to win in 10.79 seconds, knocking Mark Dunzo (10.82, 1991) out of the MIT record book.
In finishing second on the team board, the Engineers picked up three additional runner-up performances. Freshman Mattias Flander (45'10") finished second in the triple jump, Omari Stephens (15'7") grabbed second in the pole vault while James Oleinik finished second in the shot put (46'10.25").