Cardinal and Gray End Busy Weekend with Strong Performances at John Thomas Invitational

Senior Louise van den Heuvel
Senior Louise van den Heuvel

BOSTON, Mass. MIT's women's indoor track and field team went in many different directions this weekend, with a group of Engineers heading just over the river to Boston University for the John Thomas Terrier Invitational on Friday and Saturday. With no team scoring opportunities, the Engineers were competing for top performances and qualifying times for the various championships.

On Friday, junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) came in 19th in the 800m with a time of 2:15.54, improving by almost five full seconds from the Bowdoin Quad Meet and earning a personal record. Freshman Alexandra Shade (San Diego, Calif.) was 56th in the event, earning a personal best time by over 20 seconds when she crossed the line in 2:23.54. In the 400m, freshmen Kendra Knittel (Tucson, Ariz.) and Stephanie Guo (Houston, Texas) were 53rd and 60th with times of 59.39 and 1:00.10 respectively.

In the mile, senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) came in 13th place with her time of 4:52.35, finishing just four one-hundredths of a second ahead of freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) in 14th with a 4:52.39. Senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) took 53rd in the 200m in 26.03, while Knittel was 75th with a 26.46. In the 1000m, sophomore Isabel Crystal (Scotch Plains, N.J.) took 43rd with a 1:22.11. Tech's 4x400 relay, made up of Brew, Guo, Shade and Knittel came in 17th in 3:59.28. In the final running event of the day, the 5000m, junior Shivani Kaushal (Grand Blanc, Mich.) was 40th with a time of 18:32.46 and sophomore Heather Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) came in 42nd with an 18:35.57.

In Shot Put, sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) was seventh with her new personal best throw of 43-09.75, breaking her own MIT record for the third consecutive weekend. In Pole Vault, sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) came in second place with a vault of 12-05.50. Making a guest appearance and taking the top spot was Lauren Kuntz '13 with a 12-09.50.

On the second day of competition, the only Engineers to compete were the MIT Distance Medley Relay, which came in second place with a time of 12:02.67. The relay, made up of Gong, Knittel, Huang and van den Heuvel, finished just three seconds behind Monmouth's A relay and nine ahead of Rider's A relay.

After this busy weekend is done, the Cardinal and Gray will have just one week off from competition before the Tufts Stampede at Tufts University next Saturday, Feb. 1.