January 28, 2011

Women’s Track and Field Shines Amidst Strong Competition at Terrier Invite

BOSTON, Mass. – The MIT women's track and field team traveled across the Charles River on Friday evening to compete against some of the top Division I squads at the Terrier Invitational hosted by Boston University. A number of individuals performed very well in this non-scoring meet.            

One week after setting a new MIT record, Karin Fisher continued to impress in the pole vault, leading a sweep of the top three by the Cardinal and Gray in the event. Fisher once again went over the 12-foot mark, clearing 12-4.75 feet to take first overall. Hazel Briner was second with a solid vault of 11-11.75 feet while teammate Lauren Kuntz (10-11.75) was third.

Amy Magnuson continued to return to her All-America form, finishing seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.24 seconds. Jacqueline Brew was 14th in the event at 9.56 seconds.

Jamie Simmons was the lone Tech runner to achieve an NCAA qualifying mark, as her time of 58 seconds flat was below the Provisional standard, placing her eighth in the meet. Martha Gross posted a time of 1:00.38 to come in 22nd overall.

A pair of freshmen had personal bests in the mile with Louise van den Heuvel improving her first-place time at last week's Springfield Invitational by nearly 10 seconds. van den Heuvel came through in 5:06.11, good for 23rd overall. Martina de Gues' time of 5:12.12 was also a personal record and gave her a 27th-place standing.

In Saturday's home Coed Invitational, Tech runners displayed their proficiency at some of the longer distances, including Casey O'Brien's win at 800 meters (2:29.33). Marie Burkland was second in the mile with a time of 5:34.01 while teammate Arunima Balan (5:43.85) followed in sixth place. Emily Kuo took fourth in the 600m, finishing in 1:50.43.

A day after her strong showing in the pole vault, Briner broke the nine-second mark in the 55-meter hurdles, placing second at 8.92 seconds. Jaclyn Konopka (9.06) was fourth and Megan Bumgarner (9.22) was eighth. Briner also set a new personal best mark in the long jump, winning the event with a leap of 17-2.25 feet, the fourth-best distance in program history.

Tech will return to action at the Shobrys and Aronson Track next Saturday, February 5. The Engineers host Williams College and the Coast Guard Academy in a tri-meet, beginning at 12:00 p.m.