MIT Women's Track & Field Wins Two at Last Chance Meet

Senior Jackie Brew
Senior Jackie Brew

SOMERVILLE, Mass. - Six members of the No. 4 MIT women's indoor track and field team competed in the Tufts Last Chance Meet on Thursday afternoon. This was the Engineers' last opportunity to improve on their performances before the NCAA Division III Championships, which will take place from Friday, March 14 through Saturday, March 15 at the University of Nebraska.

In the preliminaries of the 60m Hurdles, senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) finished in first place out of the nine hurdlers in the event with her time of 8.92. She went on to finish first in finals, improving to an 8.88, earning a personal best time and crossing the line just eight one-hundredths of a second off the MIT varsity record.

Juniors Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) and Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) both tied for third in their respective events. In the High Jump, Vaidyanathan wrapped up the day with a jump of 5-01.00, while Szklarzewski, in the Long Jump, had a jump of 17-03.25.

Tech's second victory of the day came in the Triple Jump, when junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) broke her own MIT record from two years ago, jumpinh a 37-00.50 to finish in first, which is a personal best and puts her 24th on the top NCAA performance list. Senior Stephanie Birkhimer (Oneonta, N.Y.) also earned a personal record with her 36-04.00 to take third. In the Weight Throw, the final event of the day, junior Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) finished in second with a throw of 48-02.50.

Before the Engineers travel to Nebraska for the NCAA Championships, they will compete in the ECAC Championships, which will take place at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center this Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8.