CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's track and field team's comeback bid came up just short, as the Engineers finished in second place by just four points at the NCAA New England Division III Championship held at the Shobrys and Aronson Track over the weekend. Tech earned 137 points, just four behind Williams College, despite a number of very impressive individual efforts.
Portia Jones gave the Engineers the spectacular effort they are used to seeing from her, earning a first and second place finish on her own while taking part in a pair of relays that were among the top two. The junior All-American set a new program record in the 200 meters with her winning time of 25.43 seconds. She followed that up with a runner-up performance and NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 400m (57.64). Jones was a part of the victorious 4x200 relay squad that also set an Institute record with their time of 1:44.57. Jones was then joined by Jacqueline Brew, Martha Gross and Jamie Simmons. Jones, Gross, Simmons and Hazel Briner then combined to take second in the 4x400 relay, finishing in 4:05.18.
Anna Holt-Gosselin had a record-setting effort in the 3000 meters, as the senior came through in 10:08.37, besting her own program mark by over three seconds. Martina de Gues also scored in that event, placing sixth with a time of 10:15.29.
Amy Magnuson had an NCAA provisional time of 8.47 seconds to lead a group of three MIT hurdlers in the top five of the 55HH. Magnuson placed third and was followed by Briner (8.56) and Brew (8.63).
Karin Fisher was the New England champion in the pole vault, clearing 12-5.50 feet to help the Cardinal and Gray sweep the top three places of the event. Briner was second clearing the bar at 11-11.75 feet in fewer attempts and Lauren Kuntz placed third, also vaulting 11-11.75 feet.
Jacyln Konopka was a surprise third-place finisher in the pentathlon on Friday afternoon, coming from her unseeded position to earn six points for Tech with 2,958 points.
MIT will continue with its Championship competition next weekend at the NEICAAA Championship, hosted by Boston University. The meet begins on Friday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. and will feature the top teams in the region from across Divisions I, II, and III.