BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 3 ranked MIT women's track and field team traveled across town to Boston University for this weekend's New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Championship and came away with its best showing in program history at the meet, a seventh-place standing among 34 teams. With only a limited number of athletes competing, the Engineers will still able to compile 31 team points in a meet featuring the top teams in the region from across all Divisions. Tech's seventh-place finish was the best among all Division III squads at the meet.
The 4x400 meter relay quartet of Portia Jones, Jamie Simmons, Martha Gross and Hazel Briner had the most impressive performance of the weekend, taking third place with a time of 3:51.61. Their time established a new Institute standard and is currently the second fastest in Division III. Jones, Simmons and Gross also fared well in the 400-meters, as all three made the finals of the event. Jones led the way with a time of 56.13 seconds, good for third overall while Simmons clocked in at 56.70 and in fifth place. Gross ran a personal best of 58.28 despite not placing in the finals.
The other event, in which the Engineers had success was the pole vault, as Karin Fisher captured the individual title after clearing 12-4.00 feet. Fisher moved up to ninth on the NCAA Division III performance list with that effort. Hazel Briner finished in fourth place while clearing 11-11.75 feet.
Brooke Johnson (5:04.28) earned a fourth-place finish in the mile while Tania Morimoto (18:29.35) and Alina Gatowski (18:29.71) came in 13th and 14th positions, respectively, at 5000 meters.
The Engineers will be back in action next weekend at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship next weekend at Tufts University, in their final tune-up before the NCAA Division III Championship. The ECAC meet begins Friday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m.