January 17, 2010

Engineers Dominate Track Events en Route to Tri-Meet Win over Bates and Colby

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its season opening meet, the MIT women's track & field squad picked up right where it left off, following a pair of New England Division III crowns in 2009 in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Taking on Bates and Colby on Saturday afternoon on the Johnson Indoor Track, the Engineers won 10 of 12 running events to outlast Bates, 160-127. Colby took third with 97 points.

Portia Jones helped lead the way with three individual wins while senior Jacqui Wentz added two event victories. Jones combined with Hazel Briner to secure a one-two finish in the 55-meter hurdles. Jones' time of 8.43 seconds is a provisional NCAA qualifying time. The sophomore was back in action in the 200m, breaking the tape 1.3 seconds faster than her nearest competitor with a time of 26.57. Martha Gross teamed up with Jones to take first and second in the 400m, as Gross came across just behind her teammate's time of 1:01.29.

Wentz gave the Cardinal and Gray first-place points in both the 800m, with a time of 2:22.75, and the mile, finiishing in 5:15.61. Other event wins came from Jamie Simmons in the 600m (1:38.67), Brooke Johnson at 3000m (10:18.92) and Alina Gatowski in the 5000m (18:31.05).

The Engineers captured both relay events, with Kristen Aarsvold, Emily Kuo, Gross and Simmons winning the 4x400m in 4:14.79 and Marie Burkland, Tania Morimoto, Alicia Kaestli and Johnson beating out Colby by over 10 seconds in the 4x800m.

In the field events, the vaulters had the most impressive performance, as Briner led the way to a sweep of the top four in the pole vault, clearing 11-6.50 feet, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

Tech will be back in action at a pair of meets next weekend, hosting its own Coed Invitational on Saturday, January 23 while also taking part in the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Friday and Saturday.