May 25, 2013

Women's Track and Field Concludes Season at NCAA Championships

LA CROSSE, Wis. - On the third and final day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday evening, the MIT women's track and field team were represented by  just three athletes. Sophomore Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) was in the Javelin Throw, while senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) and freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung. N.J.) competed in the 1500m before Johnson ended the night in the 5000m later.

The Engineers wrapped up the meet tied for 39th place with six points, all of which were scored by sophomore Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) in the 10,000m on Thursday. At last year's Championships, MIT tied for 26th place with nine points.

Going into the weekend, Taylor was seeded 12th in the Javelin. She ended up throwing a 131-08 to take 11th, just missing out on making it back to finals.

Quinn crossed the line first for MIT in the 1500m with her time of 4:34.30 to take 11th place, moving up three places from her prelims seedings. Johnson finished directly behind her in 12th place in 4:45.29. In the final race of her collegiate career, Johnson ran a 17:46.19 in the 5000m to take 19th place. 

Tech wrapped up its season ranked 17th in the nation in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll that was released a few days before the athletes left for the national championships.