- Location: Triton Track & Field Stadium (University of California at San Diego - San Diego, Calif.)
- The Lead: On Saturday in the first outdoor meet of the season, the No. 4 ranked MIT women's track and field team was eighth out of 17 teams with 29 points at the California Collegiate Open as the Engineers finished just behind the University of Louisville.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Engineers posted four top-10 marks nationally for the meet, including the No. 3 spot in the country by senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) in the 400-meter hurdles as she was fifth overall in a time of 1:02.31.
- Sophomore Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 37 feet, 8.5 inches and is currently seventh in the country. Freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) was ninth at 36 feet, 0.75 inches, along with a 17th-place finish by freshman Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.) with a jump of 34 feet, five inches.
- In the pole vault, freshman indoor All-American Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) led a group of four vaulters in fifth place with a clearance of 11 feet, 7.75 inches. She currently ranks No. 7 in the nation. Junior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) finished 10th with a height of 11 feet, 1.75, followed by freshman Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) and sophomore Kathryn Mohr (Menlo Park, Calif.) in 14th and 15th place at nine feet, eight inches.
- Senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) posted two top-10 national marks on the day, including a fifth-place finish in the hammer throw as she threw 163 feet, three inches to rank ninth in the country. Sophomore Elisa McCormack (Wells, Maine) was ninth in the hammer with a throw of 135 feet, seven inches, while sophomore Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) placed 11th at 131 feet, six inches.
- Slutsky also posted the No. 10 mark in the nation in the discus and was 10th overall in the discus with a throw of 135 feet, four inches, while Jebutu was 17th at 115 feet, 10 inches. In the shot put, Slutsky was 14th with a distance of 34 feet, 7.75 inches and Jebutu was 20th at 30 feet, 10.5 inches.
- In the long jump, senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) was fifth overall and No. 13 in the nation as she leapt 18 feet, 1.75 inches. Senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) finished sixth at 17 feet, 9.5 inches, along with Ishamuddin in 24th, Weeks in 25th and Jin in 28th place.
- In the 200 meters, sophomore Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) was eighth overall and No. 22 in the country in a time of 25.64. Junior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.) also competed in the event as she placed 36th at 28.12. Menkiti also finished 12th in the 100 meters in 12.49, along with Frombach in ninth in the 400 meters with a time of 1:01.71.
- Freshman Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) was sixth in the high jump at five feet, 0.25 inches, along with a 12th-place showing in the 100-meter hurdles by Chen at 15.65 seconds and McCormack finishing 24th in the javelin with a throw of 91 feet, six inches.
- In the 4x100 relay, the team of Okonkwo, Menkiti, Chen and Strouf finished sixth in the season-opening race with a time of 49.24.
- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers travel to the Sam Howell Invitational at Princeton University on Friday, April 6th, along with at quad-meet on Saturday, April 7th with Bates, RPI and Tufts that will take place at Tufts.