March 27, 2010

Women’s Track & Field Has Five NCAA Qualifying Marks at Spring Training Meet

LEXINGTON, Va. – Traveling to Washington & Lee for the Generals’ Spring Carnival Meet, the MIT women’s track & field team had a number of strong individual performances, including five individual first-place finishes and five NCAA Provisional qualifications.

Alina Gatowski got things started for Tech in the 10,000 meters, cruising to a first-place finish with a provisional qualifying time of 36:11.12, over 22 seconds faster than her nearest competitor, and breaking the Institute record by over six seconds in the process. Tania Morimoto also reached the provisional mark with a time of 37:01.55, good for third place and Sarah Sprague finished sixth in 39:12.60.

Just two weeks removed from her third-place performance in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championship, Hazel Briner continued to display her versatility by winning the heptathlon with a meet-record 4079 points. Briner finished first or second in five of the seven events, including first-place performances in the 100-meter hurdles, shot put and 200-meter dash.

Portia Jones had a solid overall effort, winning the 100-meter hurdles with a provisional time of 14.56 seconds while taking third in the 400 hurdles (66.59) and fifth in the high jump (4-11.75 feet). The sophomore All-America was also part of the winning 4x400 relay that provisionally qualified with a time of 3:54.28. Jones was joined on the 4x400 relay by Jamie Simmons, Martha Gross and Briner.

Simmons was the top finisher in the 400m hurdles, with her time of 63.62, yet another provisional qualifying mark. Gross had a pair of solid performances in the 400 and 200 meters, placing third and fifth, respectively.

Tech will travel to Troy, N.Y. next weekend for the Engineer’s Cup against RPI and WPI. The meet will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 3.