Records Fall at New England Championships
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Taking to the track for day three of the New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Westfield State University, the MIT women's outdoor track and field team had another successful day of competition. En route to a 10th place team finish, the top division III team, Tech had a record-setting day including two varsity records and a freshman record, as well as earning numerous personal best times and scores.
Breaking the MIT varsity record in the 800-meter run, junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) finished third, crossing the line in 2:12.40. Huang's time was a three-second drop from her previous personal best and broke Tech's record by 0.52 seconds. Freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) also competed, finishing 14th in a time of 2:16.78, just 0.04 seconds off of her personal record.
Gong added a third place finish for the Engineers in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:31.24. This performance broke Tech's freshman record and ranks third all-time for MIT. Also finishing third for the Cardinal and Grey, senior Martina de Geus (Los Altos, Calif.) crossed the line in the 3000-meter steeplechase in 10:42.46.
Breaking her own varsity record by nearly two feet in the discus event, freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) threw for 134-00 to finish fourth overall. Sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) added an eighth place finish in the event throwing 127-02. This was Stuopis' personal best throw by more than nine feet and ranks her sixth on Tech's top-performers list. Stuopis also finished fifth in the shot put with a career-best final distance of 43-06.00. This tops her previous best distance by seven inches and keeps her third on MIT's Top-Ten performers list.
Junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) jumped 37-00.25 in the triple jump to finish16th. This effort was just inches short of her varsity record earned in 2013. In the high jump, senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) nearly equaled her personal best, clearing 5-03.00 to finish 20th. Junior Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) also competed in the high jump, finishing 23rd by clearing 5-01.00.
Tech's 4x100-meter relay team of senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.), junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.), freshman Kendra Knittel (Tucson, Ariz.), and Konopka recorded the fourth fastest time in MIT's history finishing in seventh place in a time of 47.55.
MIT will return to competition on Thursday, May 15th, for the ECAC Championships hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.