- Location: Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)
- The Lead: On Saturday, the No. 2 ranked MIT women's indoor track and field competed in its final meet before nationals as the Engineers took part in the Tufts Last Chance Qualifier at the Gantcher Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) captured the weight throw with a school-record toss of 57 feet, 9.5 inches on her final attempt to smash the MIT mark and jump to No. 7 in the country. In the long jump, senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) captured the event with an indoor personal best of 18 feet, seven inches and she now jumps to 12th nationally. Senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) was second at 18 feet, 0.25 inches and already sits in seventh place on the national indoor performance list. Okonkwo also competed in the 60 meters and finished third overall, running a time of 7.90 that marked an improvement of .08 seconds from the prelims.
- In the triple jump, sophomore Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) finished third with a jump of 37 feet, eight inches and was followed by freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) in fourth at 37 feet, five inches.
- On the track, sophomore Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) was second in the 200 meters at 25.85, while sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) finished eighth in the mile with a time of 5:11.63. The Engineers had a pair of top-10 finishers in the 800 as sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) led MIT in fourth in 2:16.82. Junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) was ninth overall, running 2:20.97.
- In the pole vault, junior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) posted a third-place finish as she cleared 11 feet, 4.25 inches.
- MIT is back in action at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship, which will take place at Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. on March 9-10. Those selections will be announced early this week.