Women's Track & Field Picks up Season-Opening Wins over Bates and Colby

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's track and field team, which debuted at No. 5 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) preseason poll, kicked off its 2012 indoor season with a convincing victory over Bates College and Colby College on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers finished with 210 points to easily beat out second-place Bates, with 88 points. Colby rounded out the tri-meet with 80 points.

All-American senior Portia Jones (Queens, N.Y.) picked up wins in a pair of events as well as a third-place showing in the 55-meter dash. Jones won the 55-meter hurdles (8.40 seconds) and the 200 meters (26.39 seconds).

Sophomore Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) had a busy and successful afternoon for the Cardinal and Gray, finishing among the top three in five different events and earning a total of 21.75 points. Brew took first in the long jump, beating out her nearest competitor by nearly a foot after jumping 17-00.75 feet. Teammate Jacyln Konopka (Novi, Mich.) was second (16-1.50 feet) and freshman Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) was fourth (15-10.50 feet).

Brew was also on the winning 4x400 meter relay along with seniors Jamie Simmons (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Martha Gross (Short Hills, N.J.) and freshman Madeleine Bairey () that finished in 4:14.13, 10 seconds faster than the second-place Colby quartet.

Brew earned points in the 55-meter hurdles (second), 55-meter dash (second) and triple jump (third).

Simmons was a winner in the 600 meters (1:38.07) and was third in the 200 meters (27.21 seconds).

Sophomore Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) won the mile with a time of 5:12.44 and was second in the 1000m in 3:05.09.

Tech was dominant in the pole vault, taking four of the top five positions, led by junior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who cleared 11-5.75 feet. Freshman Joanna Chen (Richland, Mich.) was third, freshman Marissa Engle (Sunnyvale, Calif.) took fourth and sophomore Rebecca Greene (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) finished fifth. 

Tech will compete at the Springfield Invitational next Saturday, January 21.