Feb. 1, 2009
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Jacqui Wentz posted a pair of solid wins in the mile and 800m while the MIT women’s track and field squad won five other events en route to a second-place showing at Bowdoin College Saturday afternoon. The Engineers (149) were not able to keep pace with the host team, whose total of 173.50 was enough for the top spot. Colby finished third with 73.50 points.
Wentz’s time of 2:18.45 in the 800 meters was the second fastest in MIT history. One week after her record-breaking performance in the 5000 meters, Wentz also won the mile with a time of 5:09.95. Andrea Bradshaw was very impressive at 600 meters, leading the entire race and finishing in 1:36.87, the fastest time in New England this year.
Junior Amy Magnuson (8.56) led a one-two-three finish in the 55-meter hurdles, followed by Portia Jones and Hazel Briner. In the 55-meter dash, Margaret Leibovic (7.74) was edged out by Bowdoin’s Emily Barr by just one one-hundredth of a second.
The Cardinal and Grey also picked up a pair of wins in the relay events, as Jones, Bradshaw, Martha Gross and Leibovic ran 1:49.18 in the 4x200m, the second fastest time in Institute history. Gross, Bradshaw, Kirsten Aarsvold and Wentz captured the 4x400m with a time of 4:10.34.
In the pole vault, Tech finished first, second, fourth and fifth, as Emily Hwang cleared 3.34 meters for first place.
MIT hosts Williams and Coast Guard next Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 p.m.