Jan. 19, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Behind six individual event victories, MIT powered past Bates, Colby and Southern Maine en route to a first-place team finish at the MIT Invitational on Saturday at Shobrys and Aronson Indoor Track. Sophomore Amy Magnuson secured a provisional cut for the NCAA Division III National Championships in the 55-meter hurdles while senior Andrea Bradshaw established a new indoor record with a first-place finish in the 800-meter run.
The Engineers performed at or above seed all afternoon and the results yielded a commanding victory for the Cardinal and Gray. MIT totaled 178.5 points to close ahead of second-place Bates by 27.5 points. Colby finished third with a total of 127 points and Southern Maine was fourth with 120. The Engineers benefited from their depth, which was best displayed during a third-through-sixth sweep in the 3000-meter run paced by rookie Anna Holt-Gosselin.
Magnuson cruised through the preliminaries before winning the 55-meter hurdles in 8.44. The second-year standout picked up another win in the triple jump and finished second in the long jump. Magnuson's leap of 32'6.25" clinched victory in the triple while senior Karen Davie jumped 31'10.25" to grab second place for the Engineers. In addition to a strong effort in the jumps, junior Emily Hwang and freshman Karin Fisher dueled to a 1-2 finish in the pole vault. Both competitors cleared 10 feet, although Hwang scored the win after clearing the height in fewer attempts.
MIT was just as dominant on the track, especially in the middle distances. Junior Adrienne Bolger was virtually untested as she cruised to 3:09.47 in the 1000-meter run for another first-place finish for the Engineers. In the open 800m, Bradshaw set a new Institute mark with a time of 2:23.90. Sophomore Jacqui Wentz closed just behind Bradshaw with a clip of 2:24.86. In the 600-meter run, senior Leanne Veldhuis ran 1:43.02 to secure second.
The Engineers didn't showcase much depth in the sprints, but Margaret Leibovic provided all the scoring MIT would need. The sophomore speedster posted the fastest time during prelims before following with a meet-best time of 7.60 in the 55-meter dash finals. Leibovic ran to seed in the 200m, finishing fourth overall with a time of 28.29.
Senior Aline Thomas paced MIT in the throws, earning a second-place finish in the shot put and third in the weight throw.