February 28, 2014

MIT Women's Track & Field Opens NEICAAAs

BOSTON, Mass.  - No. 4 MIT women's indoor track and field team opened up competition at the New England Championships on Friday at Boston University, wrapping up the first day in seventh place with 11.5 points.

Tech's first individual runner was senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.), who competed in the 200m, finishing in 19th place with a time of 25.67. In the preliminaries of the 60m Hurdles, she ran an 8.96 to come in fourth and qualify for finals, which will take place tomorrow. In the Long Jump, junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) came 17th with a jump of 16-10.75.

In the Distance Medley Relay, the Engineers crossed the line in third place with an 11:44.99. The relay, which was made up of freshman Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.), freshman Stephanie Guo (Houston, Texas), junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) and freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) finished just over a second ahead of Williams College's A relay.

Three Engineers competed in the Pole Vault, with sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) coming in third place when she cleared the bar in 11-11.75. Junior Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) was 12th with a 10-11.75 and senior Abigail Klein (Bethesda, Md.) tied for 17th with her vault 10-06.-00.

Tech will return to action tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. for day two of the Championships.