No. 9 Women's Track and Field Defeats No. 1 Williams, 107-92

No. 9 Women's Track and Field Defeats No. 1 Williams, 107-92

THE BASICS:

- Location: Lee Track (Williamstown, Mass.)

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon at the Dick Farley Invite, the No. 9 MIT women's track and field team defeated No. 1 ranked Williams College by a margin of 107-92 as the Engineers posted four top-10 marks nationally in the dual meet.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) captured the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:01.93 as that time currently places her fifth nationally. Chen was also the runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.32. Freshman Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) was fifth in the 100 hurdles at 17.12 and fifth in the 400 hurdles in 1:12.21, while sophomore Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) crossed in fourth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:11.89.

- Senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) was a three-time winner in the field events on Saturday with victories in the shot put, discus and hammer throw. In the hammer, she is currently ranked seventh in the nation with a winning throw of 169 feet, two inches, along with a throw of 143 feet, nine inches in the discus to rank ninth in the country. She also took the shot put with a distance of 35 feet, 6.75 inches. Sophomore Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) was second in the shot put at 32 feet, 3.75 inches, third in the discus at 108 feet, three inches and third in the hammer at 130 feet. Sophomore Elise McCormack (Wells, Maine) finished as the runner-up in the hammer throw with a distance of 131 feet, 11 inches.

- Junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) captured the pole vault with a clearance of 12 feet, 4.5 inches and is currently No. 7 in the country. Junior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) finished as the runner-up at 11 feet, 5.75 inches and Lila Wine placed fifth at 11 feet, 1.75 inches. Senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 10.75 inches, followed in third by senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) at 17 feet, 6.25 inches. In the triple jump, sophomore Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) won the event with a jump of 36 feet, 8.5 inches, while freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) was the runner-up at 36 feet, seven inches. 

- In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Melanson finished second in 11:02.44 as the All-American is ranked 11th in the country. Freshman Lindsey McAllister (Los Angeles, Calif.) was third with a time of 11:48.04. In the 1,500 meters, the Engineers took the top three spots as sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) led the way with a winning time of 4:40 that is ranked 28th in the country. Sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) was second in 4:45.30, followed by senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) in 4:45.63.

- The Engineers had three of the top four finishers in the 800 meters, led by junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) with a time of 2:16.07 to win the event and rank No. 19 nationally. Freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) was third in 2:18.17, along with Trautner in fourth at 2:19.47. 

- Sophomore Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) won the 200 meters by a .20-second margin at 25.37 while also finishing second in the 100 at 12.57 seconds. Okonko was fourth in the 100 at 12.65 seconds, while junior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.) was second in the 400 meters in 1:00.95. In the 5,000 meters, junior Bailee Margolis (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) was fifth in a time of 18:42.89. 

- The Engineers won the 4x800 relay in 9:19.38 with the team of Trautner, Williams, Melanson and Bacher while the 4x100 relay was second at 49.54. That team consisted of Menkiti, Strouf, Chen and Okonkwo.

- In the high jump, freshman Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) finished second with a height of five feet, 5.25 inches, along with top-five finishes from freshman Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) and freshman Kailyn Bryk (Palatine, Ill.). Redfield was third at five feet, 0.5 inches, along with four feet, 8.75 inches from Bryk. In the javelin, senior Dana Balek (Boxford, Mass.) was the runner-up with a toss of 105 feet, eight inches, along with a third-place performance from McCormack at 93 feet, 11 inches. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers host the Sean Collier Invitational on Saturday, April 21st. The Engineers will also send some athletes to the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton University on Friday, April 20th.

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