April 2, 2011

Women’s Track & Field Cruises to Sixth Straight Engineer’s Cup Crown

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's track and field team hosted the Engineer's Cup at Steinbrenner track on Saturday afternoon, welcoming RPI and WPI for the annual competition between the three technical Institutes. Cambridge's version of the Engineers were able to assert their dominance, winning 10 of the 11 track events en route to 217 team points to capture their sixth straight team title in the Cup. RPI was second with 124.5 and WPI took third with 61.5 points.

Hazel Briner displayed her versatility for the Cardinal and Gray, competing in six events, two on the track and four in the field, and accounting for 25 points on her own. Briner won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:07.82 and took second place in the long jump (16-2.25 feet) and pole vault (11-7.75 feet). Briner's runner-up performance in the pole vault supported teammate Karin Fisher, who took first by clearing the bar at 12-2.00 feet. Both vaulters marks were good enough to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship. Briner also scored in the shot put (fourth), javelin (sixth) and 100m hurdles (fifth).

Portia Jones added over 20 points to the Tech total with three first place showings and a runner-up in the 100m hurdles. Jones set a new MIT record with her time of 12.41 seconds in the 100-meter dash, besting her own mark by nine one-hundredths of a second. Jacqueline Brew was second in the event with an MIT rookie record time of 12.58 seconds. Jones also took first in the 200m (24.98) and was a part of MIT's winning 4x100m relay.

MIT made a big statement in the 1500, sweeping the top four and accounting for five of the six scoring positions, for a total of 20 points in one race. Anna Holt-Gosselin led the way with a time of 4:43.27, just a few seconds off the NCAA provisional standard and nearly 10 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Louise van den Heuvel was the second to cross the finish in 4:52.48. Brooke Johnson (4:56.09), Marie Burkland (5:01.15) and Chandler Burfield (5:03.68) also ran well in the event.

Other event winners for the Cardinal and Gray came from Jamie Simmons in the 400 (58.19), Alexandra Taylor (2:24.98) in the 800, Alina Gatowski at 5000 meters (18:18.27), Amy Magnuson in the 100 hurdles (15.00) and Margaret Lloyd in the Steeplechase (11:43.56). Brew was tops in the long jump with a 16-3.00 foot effort.

The Engineers will travel to Maine next weekend for a meet against Bates College, Colby College and the University of Southern Maine. The meet will be hosted by Bates and begins on Saturday, April 9 at 12:00 p.m.