PRINCETON, N.J. – Kicking off a weekend of competition on the track, the ninth-ranked MIT women's outdoor track and field team sent three runners to the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University. In a meet featuring many Division I programs and more than 1,000 athletes from 120 collegiate programs and 41 club teams, freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) stood out for the Engineers.
Leading MIT in a successful day of racing Gong shattered both the Engineers' varsity and freshman records in the 5000-meter run with a final time of 16:45.86 to finish 18th. Gong broke the Varsity record by more than 12 seconds and posted the fastest time by a first year Engineer by nearly 30 seconds.
Also competing for MIT, senior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) raced the 1500-meter run and crossed the finish line in 4:42.14. In the other event of the day contested by an Engineer, junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) completed the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:19.23.
The Engineers return to the track on Saturday hosting the Sean Collier Invitational at the Henry G. Steinbrenner '27 Stadium.