Tech Breaks Two MIT records at David Hemery Invite

Senior Louise van den Heuvel
Senior Louise van den Heuvel

BOSTON, Mass. - With another busy weekend ahead of it, the MIT women's indoor track and field team first traveled down the road to Boston University for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday afternoon. Finishing highest for the Engineers was senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.), who finished in 14th place in the High Jump with a distance of 5-03.00, which is just off her Tech record of 5-04.5 from the Art Farnham Invitational from two weeks ago.

In the 200m, freshman Kendra Knittel (Tucson, Ariz.) placed highest for the Cardinal and Gray with a  new personal record of 26.04 to take 62nd, crossing the line just two one-hundredths of a second ahead of the next runner. Following soon after her was senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) in 73rd with a 26.22 and Konopka with her 26.38 to finish in 83rd place. In the 1000m, sophomore Stephanie Marzen (McLean, Va.) came 62nd with a new season best time of 3:13.81.

Sophomore Isabel Crystal (Scotch Plains, N.J.) came in 46th in the 500m with a time of 1:23.14, while junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) was 27th in the 800m in 2:14.65, setting a new school record in the process. Freshman Alexandra Shade (San Diego, Calif.) also ran the 800, placing 72nd in 2:20.97. In the mile run, freshmen Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) and Nadia Lucas (Bellevue, Wash.) took 57th and 63rd with times of 5:09.72 and 5:11.43 respectively. Lucas' time was a personal record.

Senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) earned a best time and set a new MIT record in the 3000m with her time of 9:48.61, placing her third on the Division III top times list. Freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) took 65th with her 10:04.18 and sophomore Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) was 116th in 10:41.59. Earning a season best time in the 5000m was junior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.), who crossed the line in 27th place with her time of 17:29.20.

To end the weekend, some of the Engineers will compete in the Gordon Kelly Invitational at home, which is named to honor yet another former Tech head coach.