May 7, 2011

Women’s Track & Field Wins Second New England Division III Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite less than ideal conditions, including several lightning delays, the MIT women's track and field team avenged last year's loss to Williams College to capture its second New England Division III Outdoor Championship in three years. The Engineers picked up a key win in the 4x400 relay, the second to last event, and were able to hold off the Ephs by 3.5 points, finishing with a total of 141.5 points.

Portia Jones and Jamie Simmons, who were part of both the winning 4x400 and 4x100 meter relays, were critical point scorers for the Cardinal and Gray. Jones won the 200 meters with an NCAA provisional cut of 24.58 and took second in the 100 (12.16) and 100-meter hurdles (14.57), which were both also provisional quality times. Simmons was the New England Champion in the 400-hurdles, with a time of 1:02.16, and placed second in the 400 (56.28)

Martha Gross joined Jones and Simmons on both relays. Hazel Briner rounded out the 4x400 that finished in 3:50.34 and Jacqueline Brew completed the 4x100 squad (48.28). Both relays came in under the NCAA provisional standard with the 4x400 missing the automatic mark by just three-tenths of a second and the 4x100 setting a new MIT record.

Gross added key points for Tech, finishing fifth in the 400 (58.59) and fourth at 200 meters (25.42).

Briner earned another New England title for Tech in the Heptathlon with a total of 4431 points. Briner won the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump and finished second in the 800 and shot put portions of the event as she broke her own program record by more than 50 points.

Karin Fisher repeated as New England champ in the pole vault, leading the way for four MIT vaulters to score in the event. Fisher, who won the pole vault at the New England Indoor championship, outclassed the rest of the field with a 13-1.50 foot vault, a foot higher than second-place teammate Lauren Kuntz and is the third best mark in Division III on the season. Briner took fourth and Becky Stavely was eighth.

Anna Holt-Gosselin took second in the 10,000 meters on Friday evening with a time of 35:20.72, posting the second fastest time in the nation, less than two seconds behind the top mark set in the same race by Jennifer Gossels of Williams.

MIT will compete at the NEICAAA Championship next weekend, taking on the top teams in New England across Divisions I, II and III. The meet will be held at Southern Connecticut State beginning on Friday, May 13 and continuing on Saturday.