SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – MIT women's track and field continued to fight on the second day of the ECAC Division III Championships at Springfield College on Friday afternoon, wrapping up the meet tied for fourth with Ithaca College with 51 points and improving on last year's eighth place finish. Two different Engineers broke MIT records over the weekend, while one improved on her own record.
Junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) got things started on the right foot with a win in the Heptathlon with a new MIT varsity record of 4,625 points, over 200 points more than what she earned at the New England Division III Championships at the beginning of this month. She finished first in the Long Jump (17-04.00) and the 800m (2:27.71) and ninth in the Javelin Throw (83-05). This puts her ninth in the country going into NCAAs next week.
In the Shot Put, Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) finished in fourth with her throw of 42-11.00, once again improving on her own MIT freshman record of 42-10.75 from last weekend's New England Outdoor Championships. She has bettered her personal record each time she has competed in the event. Junior Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) competed in the Discus Throw, coming in tenth with a throw of 121-03, improving on her throw of 120-02 from last weekend.
In the 1500m, freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) crossed the line with a time of 4:32.49, breaking the MIT freshman record by over four seconds and placing her 15th on the NCAA Division III qualifying list. Junior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) also competed in the event, coming in 28th with a 4:50.89.
Next up for MIT is the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships, the final meet of the outdoor season, which will be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25. The full entry list for NCAAs will be announced at the end of the weekend. The Engineers will look to improve on their performance at last year's championships, where they tied for 26th place.