No. 1 Women's Track and Field Finishes Second Overall, Earns Five Event Wins

No. 1 Women's Track and Field Finishes Second Overall, Earns Five Event Wins

THE BASICS:

- Location: Springfield College (Springfield, Mass.)

- The Lead: Earning five event wins and 23 All-New England honors, the No. 1 ranked MIT women's track and field team finished second overall at the New England Division III Indoor Championship with a total of 127 points. Claiming the overall title was No. 5 ranked Williams College, which finished the meet with 149 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) won the pole vault with an MIT rookie record height of 12 feet, 11.5 inches that tied the meet record set by MIT alum Cimran Virdi in 2015. The height is No. 4 on the MIT career list, is her PR by 3.25 inches and currently ranks her second in the nation. Finishing second and sitting at fourth nationally is junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) as she set her PR by two inches with a clearance of 12 feet, 9.5 inches. Junior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) tied her PR with a height of 11 feet, 7.75 inches to finish sixth overall.

- In the long jump, senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) earned the D3 New England title with a jump of 18 feet, 6.5 inches that moves her into the No. 9 spot in the country. Senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) was runner-up in the event with a distance of 18 feet, 5.75 inches, which is her season-best and sits No. 11 in the country.

- Senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) dominated the field in the 5,000 meters as she cruised to the 39-second win in a time of 17:02.63. That time was converted down to 16:54.86, which is fifth in the country. Sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) earned the D3 New England Championship in the 1,000 meters as she finished in a time of 2:59.04 to pick up the win. Sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) was fourth in that event as well, crossing in 3:00.57. McPhillips also finished second in the mile in a time of 4:55.42, which smashes her PR by 3.30 seconds. That time was converted to 4:52.53, which is currently sixth in the nation.

- The distance medley relay team, which is currently ranked second in the country, picked up the New England title as the team of sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas), junior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.), junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) and Bacher finished in 12:05.40 to win by 4.59 seconds.

- In the triple jump, sophomore Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) finished as the runner-up as she posted a distance of 37 feet, five inches on her second attempt. Freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) also scored for the Engineers, placing fifth at 36 feet, 10.25 inches on her final jump. The jump was a PR for Weeks by 4.25 inches.

- The Engineers had two All-New England performances and three top-10 finishes in the 3,000 meters, led by a fourth-place showing from Eccles in a time of 10:14.40. Sophomore Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) was sixth at 10:29.45, while sophomore Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) placed ninth in a time of 10:33.44.

- In the weight throw, senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) earned All-New England honors and six points for the Engineers as she was third with a toss of 54 feet, 10.75 inches on her final attempt. Sophomore Foloshu Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) finished ninth in the event, throwing 46 feet, 5.25 inches on her first toss. 

- Tregoning earned a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters in 2:18.89 as she was just one-hundredth of a second out of third. Senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) finished fifth in the 400 at 58.68 while also placing 10th in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 9.23 seconds. Freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) finished fifth in the 600 meters in 1:38.51, which is No. 5 on the MIT all-time list, the MIT rookie record and a PR by 1.26 seconds. Sophomore Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W.Va.) was also in the top 10 as she ran 1:43.32 to finish 10th.

- Sophomore Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) finished in sixth place in the 200 meters at 26.28 seconds, while freshman Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) tied for fifth in the high jump at her first New England Championship with a height of five feet, three inches.

- In the relays, the MIT 4x400 team finished ninth overall and just .08 out of eighth place in a time of 4:06.19. That team consisted of Chen, Frombach, Brooks and Tregoning. The final event of the meet was the 4x800, which the MIT team did not run with the final outcome of the meet overall already decided.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on February 25th as the Engineers return to Boston University for a Last Chance Meet beginning at Noon.

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