SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The MIT women's outdoor track and field team officially opened its season at the Westmont Collegiate Classic on Saturday. As a team, the Engineers finished in third place with 60.5 points, behind host Westmont with 73 and La Verne with 74.5. Senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the pole vault and broke the stadium record with her vault of 12-11.50. She and freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.Y.), who finished first in the 1500m, were the only MIT athletes to win an event.
Sophomore Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) opened the day with her fourth place finish in the 100m with a time of 12.94. She was also part of the 4x100 relay that finished in third place with a 50.72, earning four points for MIT. Also part of the relay were junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.), sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) and junior Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.).
In the 1500m, Quinn finished 12 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Her time of 4:32.82 was well under the NAIA A standard of 4:40.10. Classmate Allison Hallock (Boulder, Colo.) finished sixth with a 5:06.32.
Sophomore Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) four-way tied for third place in the high jump when she cleared the bar in 4-11.00. Also competing in the pole vault were freshman Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.), who tied for third with an 11-05.75, sophomore Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) who was eighth with a 10-06.00 and freshman Sherry Wan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) who was ninth with a 10-00.00. In the long jump, Brew finished fifth with a 17-02.75.
In the discus throw, freshman Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) finished in sixth place with a 106-03. In the hammer throw, she came fifth with a 107-01, with fellow freshman Stephanie Riocci (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) coming in directly behind her in sixth with a 105-06. In the javelin throw, sophomore Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) came third with a 120-07, Stuopis was seventh with 107-03 and Riocci was eighth with a 106-03.
MIT will host its first meet of the season, the Engineer's Cup, on Saturday, April 6 at noon, welcoming WPI and RPI to campus.