CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At the inaugural Sean Collier Invitational held on the Steinbrenner Track, No. 9 MIT women's outdoor track and field dominated the field events, including a sweep of the Pole Vault led by sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.).
In the throwing events, juniors Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) and Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) took the top two places in the Hammer Throw with final throws of 150-06 and 148-11 respectively. Vahey took fifth with a throw of 141-06, setting a new MIT freshman record in the process. Sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) claimed second place in the Shot Put with a throw of 41-01.25 and freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) took second in the Discus with a toss of 130-04.
Junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) finished second in the Long Jump, clearing 17-04.75 and leading a 2-3-4 charge for the Engineers in the event. Junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) jumped 16-05.75 to claim third and Konopka placed fourth with a 16-03.25. Later in the day, Szklarzewski picked up another second place finish in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in 12.62.
On the track, MIT claimed the top three places in the 1500-meter run, led by freshman Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) who finished in 4:43.70. Crossing the line in second place with a time of 4:46.84 was senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.), and completing the sweep was sophomore Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) in a time of 4:47.05.
Senior Martina de Geus (Los Altos, Calif.) took the 3000-meter steeplechase title by more than six seconds, finishing in 11:18.14.
MIT returns to the track on Saturday, April 27 at the NEWMAC Championships at Mount Holyoke, where the Engineers will compete for their sixth straight title.