NEW ORLEANS, La. – After being ranked second in the nation in the preseason poll from two weeks ago, the MIT women's indoor track and field team remained second on the list for the first week of rankings that were released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. The top five teams from last time remained in the same order, with Wartburg College atop the standings and UW-La Crosse sitting in third.
Tech had a weekend full of events, with Engineers competing in three different events. On Friday, a group traveled down the road to Boston University for the John Thomas Terrier Invitational, where many members of the team improved on their performances from weeks past. Sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) broke her own MIT varsity record in the Shot Put for the third consecutive week with a throw of 43-09.75, while senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.), with their times of 4:52.35 and 4:52.39 respectively in the mile, are currently ranked first and second in the country.
At the Harvard Multi-Meet, senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) tied her personal best performance in the Pentathlon with a score of 3453 points, and is currently ranked first in the country in the event. She is just 13 points shy of the all-time top-10 list in the Division's history. She was an Honorable Mention Athlete of the Week for this feat.
MIT's final meet of the weekend was the Art Farnham Invitational, a home meet that was renamed in honor of the former Tech track and field head coach who led the Engineers to great success from 1957 to 1973. Among those who earned personal records were juniors Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.), who ran an 8.08 in the 60m and jumped a 34-02.75 in the Triple Jump, and Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.), who broke the 50' barrier in the Weight Throw for the first time ever, throwing a 50-05.50.
Tech's final scoring meet of the regular season will take place this Saturday, Feb. 1, when the Engineers head to Tufts University for the Tufts Stampede.