April 3, 2010

Jones Leads Way for Women’s Track and Field at Engineer’s Cup

TROY, N.Y. – Portia Jones picked up a pair of individual wins and the MIT women’s track and field team held on for a narrow victory over host RPI at Saturday’s Engineer’s Cup meet in Troy, N.Y. Tech picked up seven wins on the track and one more in the field to earn 149.5 team points and outlast RPI by just 10 points. WPI finished third with 107 points.

Jones picked up wins in both hurdles events, while reaching the NCAA Provisional qualifying standard in the 100HH. Jones’ time of 14.68 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles was over one second faster than the runner up. Teammates Hazel Briner (15.81) and Holly Chamberlain (16.79) picked up third and fourth-place points, respectively. Jones also took home the 400-meter title with a time of 1:05.75 and was part of Tech’s winning 4x100m relay (49.88).

Briner was able to rack up plenty of valuable points for the Engineers, despite not winning any individual events. The versatile Briner earned 21 total points, taking fourth in the 200m (26.87), third 100HH, fifth in the high jump (4-11.00 feet), second in the pole vault (11-5.75), third in the long jump (17-2.00), and fourth in the shot put, with a 35-7.75 foot effort. Briner and teammate, Karin Fisher, each cleared 11-5.75 feet in the pole vault, with Fisher earning the win on attempts.

Jamie Simmons was a winner in the 400m, beating out Martha Gross with a time of 59.03 seconds. Alina Gatowski posted a personal best at 1500 meters, with a winning time of 4:50.01. Gatowski was also a runner-up to teammate Alicia Kaestli in the 800. Kaestli came through in 2:24.46 to take first place. Maggie Lloyd had MIT’s final event win in the Steeplechase, leading the entire race before finishing in 12:02.34.

The Engineers will return home next Saturday, April 10 for their first home meet of the spring. MIT will welcome Bates and Colby beginning at 12:00 p.m.