May 5, 2012

Engineers Take Second at New England Division III Track & Field Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 11 MIT finished second at this weekend's New England Division III outdoor track and field championship hosted at the Steinbrenner track. The Engineers posted a score of 124 points but it was not enough to overcome Williams College, which captured the team crown with 157 points.

Senior Portia Jones (Queens, N.Y.) had an outstanding individual effort, winning one event and adding three runner-up performances. Jones won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.34 seconds. She took second in the 100 and 200 meters and was part of the second-place 4x100 relay. Seniors Martha Gross (Short Hills, N.J.) and Jamie Simmons (Carlsbad, Calif.) and sophomore Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) joined Jones on the 4x100 relay that finished in 47.48 seconds, just over two-tenths behind the winning group from Worcester State University.

Simmons and Gross were also impressive in the individual events, with Simmons taking second in the 400 and third in the 400 hurdles. Gross was fifth in the 400 and sixth in the 200 meters.

Freshman Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) won the 10,000 meters on Friday evening with a time of 36:14.88. McVay then came back on Saturday to finish third in the 5000 meters in 17:26.37.

Freshman Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) won the javelin, throwing 138-07 feet, more than four feet beyond her closest competitor.

MIT racked up the points in the pole vault, with four of the top seven finishers. Junior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the way with a vault of 12-1.50 feet to take second. Freshman Joanna Chen (Richland, Mich.) was fifth, sophomore Katherine Wymbs (Beach Haven, N.J.) earned sixth place and freshman Marissa Engle (Sunnyvale, Calif.) finished in a tie for seventh-place.

Freshman Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) had a solid showing in the high jump, taking third with a jump of 5-2.25 feet.

The Engineers will stay at home again next weekend, as the All-New England Championship comes to the Steinbrenner track. Tech will compete against teams from across Divisions I, II and III in the meet which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.