January 21, 2012

MIT Dominates Springfield Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The MIT women's track and field team, ranked No. 5 in Division III, dominated the 10-team field en route to an easy victory at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers scored points in every event, with the exception of the shot put and 4x400 relay, and won seven different running events, scoring 163 team points to easily outpace second place Tufts University (89 points).

Senior Portia Jones (Queens, N.Y.) had a typically impressive showing overall, recording three first-place finishes while accounting for 30.5 points. Jones went up against the highly-regarded senior from Wheaton College, Didi Jusme, in the 60-meter hurdles. Jones and Jusme finished second and third, respectively, at least year's NCAA Division III Indoor championship in the 60HH. In the preliminary heats, Jusme posted a time of 8.86 seconds, the fastest in the nation on the season. However, Jones was able to best her rival in the finals, finishing in a blazing 8.82 seconds, over one-tenth of a second faster than Jusme, and setting a new standard for Division III this year.

Jones also took first in the 200m (26.08 seconds) and was part of the winning 4x200 relay, along with senior Jamie Simmons (Carlsbad, Calif.), sophomore Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) and freshman Madeleine Bairey (Pebble Beach, Calif.).

Brew broke her own program record in the long jump, winning the event with a mark of 17-7.00 feet. Simmons also posted a new Institute standard in the 600 meters with a time of 1:36.57.

Freshman Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) picked up a victory in the 800, at 2:24.36, and senior Tania Morimoto (Mountain View, Calif.) was a winner at 5,000 meters (18:22.96).

Huang, sophomore Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.), and freshmen Margaret Coad (Arlington, Va.) and Stephanie Marzen (McLean, Va.) led Tech to victory in the 4x800 relay with a time of 9:47.21.

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. 

The Engineers will compete in a pair of meets next weekend, as some runners will travel to Boston University for the Terrier Classic on Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28. The rest of the squad will compete in a home invitational on Saturday, beginning at 12:00 p.m. in the Johnson Athletic Center track.