Women's Track and Field Notches 10th Straight NEWMAC Crown

Women's Track and Field Notches 10th Straight NEWMAC Crown

THE BASICS:

- Location: Blake Track (Springfield, Mass.) 

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the MIT women's track and field team won its 10th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Outdoor Track and Field Championship as the Engineers totaled 213 points. The Engineers had seven First Team All-Conference performers and six Second Team honorees.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) won the discus and the hammer throw and was second in the shot put to earn three All-Conference honors. She threw 143 feet in the discus to win by 14 feet, along with a toss of 172 feet, six inches in the hammer and 38 feet, five inches in the shot. Sophomore Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) earned a fifth-place finish in the discus with a distance of 116 feet, one inch. Senior Dana Balek (Boxford, Mass.) also placed fourth in the javelin at a throw of 112 feet, two inches.

- In the hurdles, senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) was the league champion in the 400-meter event as she ran 1:02.47. She also finished second in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.65, which is currently ranked No. 10 nationally. Sophomore Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) was outstanding in winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase as she finished in 10:48.36 and is seventh in the country.

- Senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) won the 5,000 by a 19-second margin in 18:19.99, while junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) was second in the 800 meters in 2:14.98 to earn Second Team All-Conference honors. Freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) was fourth in that event in 2:15.69, while senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) was third in the 100 at 12.47 seconds and junior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.) crossed in 1:01.21 in the 400 meters to place fourth.

- The 4x400 relay team won the event and is 24 in the country with a time of 3:56.80, while Okonkwo captured the long jump title with a leap of 18 feet, six inches. Senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wisc.) was second in the long jump at 17 feet, 10.25 inches, while freshman Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) placed fifth in the high jump with a clearance of five feet, 2.5 inches. In the other relay, the Engineers were third in the 4x100 as the quartet finished in a time of 50.15 seconds.

- Freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) posted a career-best clearance of 12 feet, 5.5 inches to finish second in the pole vault and is now sixth in the nation. Junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) was third at 11 feet, 7.75 inches and junior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) finished fifth in 10 feet, eight inches. In the triple jump, sophomore Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) placed 37 feet, four inches and freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) checked at third with a jump of 36 feet, 11.5 inches.

- In the 1,500 meters, sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) was third in 4:34.91., which is currently No. 34 in the country. Sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) was fourth, while Eccles crossed in fifth. In the 10,000 meters, junior Bailee Margolis (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) finished in third with a time of 40:17.98. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action next weekend on as the Engineers host the New England Division III Outdoor Championship from May 3-5 in Cambridge.

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