April 14, 2012

Jones and Simmons Help MIT Defeat Bates, Colby, Southern Maine and Husson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Portia Jones (Queens, N.Y.) and Jamie Simmons (Carlsbad, Calif.) accounted for 45.5 points between the two of them as the No. 3 ranked MIT women's track and field team finished first out of five teams at a meet hosted by Colby College on Saturday. The Cardinal and Gray finished with 198.5 team points to beat out runner-up, Bates College, by 46.5. Colby took third, followed by the University of Southern Maine and Husson University.

Jones was a winner in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 100-meter hurdles while also running on the Engineers' 4x100 relay squad that finished in second. Jones' time of 25.25 seconds in the 200 is currently the ninth-fastest in the country while her 14.46 second time in the 100HH is good for fifth in Division III.

Simmons, who was third behind Jones in the 100 and also ran on the 4x100 relay, won the 400-meter hurdles with a blistering time of 1:02.39, the second-best in Division III on the season.

Sophomore Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) joined Jones, Simmons and freshman Veronica Szklarewski (Chicago, Ill.), on the 4x100 relay while also taking third in the 100HH and second in the long jump.  

Freshman Joanna Chen (Richland, Mich.) led a sweep of the top three for MIT in the pole vault. Chen was the only vaulter to clear the bar at 10-11.75 feet while sophomore Katherine Wymbs (Beach Haven, N.J.) and freshman Marissa Engle (Sunnyvale, Calif.) split second place with a vault of 10-6.00 feet.

Senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) and freshman Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) earned wins for Tech in the 5000m and the high jump, respectively.

Other solid performances belonged to senior Martha Gross (Short Hills, N.J.), who was a third-place finisher in the 400m and freshman Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.), the runner-up in the 800 meters. Freshmen Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) and Dacie Manion (Old Town, Maine) came through in second and third in the 1500m to earn key points for the Engineers.

MIT will host its annual Spring Invitational next Saturday, April 21 at the Steinbrenner track while also sending a small contingent of runners to Princeton University for the Larry Ellis Invite.