February 15, 2009

Women's Track & Field Sets Six Varsity Records In Championship Tune-Up

Feb. 15, 2009

Results (Valentine's Invitational)
Results (MIT Co-ed Invitational)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The nationally-ranked No. 12 MIT women's track and field team posted a tremendous effort over the weekend at the Valentine's Invitational hosted by Boston University. The Engineers set six varsity records and saw a number of athletes achieve national qualifying marks in their final meet before next weekend's Division III New England Championship.

Freshman Portia Jones set a pair of Institute records in the 200 and 400 meters. Jones' time of 25.98 in the 200-meter dash broke the varsity record she had set earlier this year. She also improved upon her own record time in the 400m, finishing in 59.02 seconds.

The distance runners were equally as impressive as well. Jacqui Wentz (5:00.33) shattered the varsity record in the mile by over nine seconds while provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championship. Jennifer Doyle also set an MIT record in the 3000 meters with a time of 10:11.98. Andrea Bradshaw then broke her own record in the 800m, with a provisional qualifying time of 2:15.83.

On Saturday, Doyle, Jones, Bradshaw and Wentz combined to set a school record in the distance medley relay, running 12:03.55 to qualify for the National Championship. Doyle led off with a 3:43.90 split in the 1200-meter leg. Jones improved upon her 400-meter time from the day before, running the second leg in 57.70. Bradshaw's time of 2:19.10 in the 800 set the stage for Wentz's anchor leg, which she ran in 5:02.80 to secure the varsity record.

A number of other runners set personal records, including Anna Holt-Gosselin, whose time of 5:08.53 was almost 14 seconds better than her previous best and is the second-fastest time in MIT history, behind Wentz' incredible record. Tania Morimoto also hit a personal best in the 3000 meters at 10:34.46. Kristen Aarsvold (1:22.12) ran the 500m two seconds faster than her previous best.

Also on Saturday, MIT hosted its annual Coed Invitational and Tech had some impressive performances in the field events. Amy Magnuson jumped 17-4.25 feet in the long jump, the second best jump of the day. In the pole vault, Emily Hwang cleared 11-5.25 feet, a provisional qualifying height while teammate Karin Fisher vaulted a personal-best of 10-11.50 feet.

The Cardinal and Grey will now travel to next weekend's Division III New England Championship at Bates College, hoping to have even more athletes qualify for the National Championship.