Women's Track & Field Performs Well at Terrier Classic

Senior Brooke Johnson

BOSTON, Mass. - The No. 14 MIT women's indoor track and field team had a busy weekend, with half the team competing in the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Friday afternoon, while the majority of the field athletes remained at home for the first MIT Coed Invite. The Engineers ended the Terrier Classic with a number of impressive results. The Engineers' top performers were freshman Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.), who broke the rookie record in the weight throw (44-4 1/4), and junior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.), who set a new varsity record in the 800 meters when she went 2:14.77.

In the 200 meters, sophomore Kayla Harris (Baton Rouge, La.) finished in 122nd place with a time of 28.18, while freshman Katharina Ross (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) was 124th with a 28.20. Ross had a quick turn around and competed in the next event, the 400 meters, coming in 75th place with her time of 1:03.06. Fellow freshman Isabel Crystal (Scotch Plains, N.J.) crossed the line in 39th position with a 1:22.25.

In the mile, MIT saw four runners finish with just six seconds between all of them, the first of which being junior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.), who came in 29th place with a time of 5:06.16. Following closely behind was senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) in 34th with a 5:06.81, freshman Allison Hallock (Boulder, Colo.) in 39th place with a time of 5:07.77 and senior Missy Showers (Cherry Hill, N.J.) in 51st position with a 5:12.29.

Sophomore Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) ran well in the 5000 meter race, finishing with a time of 17:26.91, which was good enough for 19th place. She was followed by junior Claire O'Connell (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.) in 44th and 48th place respectively.

Back at MIT, a handful of athletes walked away with personal best performances. In pole vault, senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) cleared a season best of 12-3 1/2 and freshman Cimran Virdi set a freshman record with a vault of 11-5 3/4. Also clearing a season best was fellow freshman Sherry Wan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who made 10-0. Sophomore Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) performed well with her 5-3 3/4 in the high jump, matching her personal best. Junior Stephanie Birkhimer (Oneonta, N.Y.) jumped a personal best 16-2 1/2 in the long jump.

MIT will return to the track on Friday, Feb. 1 when it travels to Medford, Mass. for the Tufts Invitational.