No. 13 Women's Track and Field Claims the New England D3 Crown

No. 13 Women's Track and Field Claims the New England D3 Crown

THE BASICS:

- Location: Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track (Cambridge, Mass.)

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the No. 13 ranked MIT women's track and field team claimed the program's sixth straight New England Division III Championship and eighth overall with a total of 161 points as Williams finished with 69 points to place second. At the meet, the Engineers topped No. 3 ranked Williams, No. 4 UMass Boston and No. 17 Tufts to win.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Overall, the Engineers had 34 D3 All-New England performances over the three-day meet with five regional champions. The team also had four top-20 performances nationally, including two marks that now rank fifth in the country. Senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) was second in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:01.14 and is fifth in the country. Junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) is also fifth nationally in the 800 meters as she was the runner-up on Saturday with a time of 2:11.18. Chen was also fourth in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.62 and is 21st in the country.

- Senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) won the discus and moved to 13th nationally with a throw of 148 feet, 7.25 inches. She was also second in the hammer throw with a toss of 168 feet, 5.5 inches and sixth in the shot put in 39 feet, 3.25 inches to earn three All-New England honors. Sophomore Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) joined her in the top eight in the discus as she placed seventh with a distance of 124 feet, 9.5 inches. 

- Under the lights on Friday night, senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) won her second straight New England D3 10,000-meter title with a time of 38:59.04. Junior Bailee Margolis (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) ran an outstanding race to finish second as she crossed in 39:14.66. Eccles came back on Saturday afternoon in the 5,000 meters and finished second with a time of 17:31.05.

- Sophomore Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) won her second D3 New England outdoor crown in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as she ran a time of 10:49.

- Also capturing wins were the MIT 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams. In the 4x800, the team of sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas), sophomore Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W.Va.), sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) and sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) finished in 9:20.69 to win. The 4x400 squad finished in a time of 3:56.01 as that time is currently 24th in the nation. That team consisted of junior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.), Chen, freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) and Tregoning.

- Bacher and McPhillips both earned All-New England accolades in the 1,500 as Bacher led the way with a time of 4:33.88. Her time placed her second in the event, but was also No. 15 in the country. McPhillips came across in 4:35.91 to finish sixth. In the 800, Trautner and Williams finished sixth and eighth, respectively, in times of 2:14.33 and 2:14.58 to both rank in the top 30 in the country. Sophomore Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) was an All-New England performer in the 200 meters as she was fourth in 25.09 on Saturday.

- The Engineers racked up huge points in the pole vault with four athletes placing in the top eight. Junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) led the group in second place at 12 feet, 3.5 inches as freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) was fourth in 11 feet, 7.75 inches. Junior Makenzie Patarino (Los Altos, Calif.) checked in in fifth place with a height of 11 feet, 1.75 inches and freshman Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) was seventh at 11 feet, 1.75 inches as well.

- In the long jump, seniors Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) and Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) both earned All-New England accolades by finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Okonkwo was fourth and is No. 21 nationally with a leap of 18 feet, 6.5 inches. Strouf posted a leap of 18 feet, 4.5 inches to earn fifth. In the triple jump, sophomore Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) was the top Engineer and is No. 24 in the country with a jump of 38 feet, 1.25 inches. Freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) finished sixth in the triple as she leapt 37 feet, eight inches.

- MIT had two freshmen earn All-New England honors in the high jump with Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) in sixth and Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) in eighth. Redfield cleared five feet, 3.75 inches and Reilly posted a height of five feet, 2.5 inches.

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers return to action on May 10-12 as the team heads to the NEICAAA Outdoor Championship at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.

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