Engineers Set Relay Record In Final Tune-Up Before Postseason
Feb. 16, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT women's track and field used its last competition prior to the postseason to establish another school record, secure another NCAA qualifier and set a slew of personal and season-bests. The Engineers put an Institute record in the 4x800-meter relay on the books in the non-scoring Co-Ed Invitational held at MIT's Shobrys and Aronson Indoor Track on Saturday in arguably the afternoon's biggest highlight.
With each runner competing in their only race of the day, the underclass quartet of Andrea Bradshaw, Adrienne Bolger, Kristen Aardsvold, and Jacqui Wentz led from the gun and clocked 9:38.11 for the win and record, easily breaking last year's mark of 9:41.68.
Leading a 1-2-3-4-5 sweep in the pole vault for MIT, Emily Hwang matched the NCAA Division III National qualifying standard after setting a career best with a clear of 11'3.75". All five student-athletes achieved career bests in the final results.
Amy Magnuson was just off her record-setting pace of last week in the 55-meter hurdles, but the sophomore star still won going away in a time of 8.39. Magnuson followed the effort by topping the field in the long jump with a leap of 16'11.5" while taking silver in the triple jump at 33'1.75".
Margaret Leibovic set a pair of lifetime bests in the sprint events, securing the third-fastest time in MIT history in the 55-meter dash (7.58) while placing third in the 200m in a time of 27.10.
Hazel Briner (55-meter hurdles, 9.59), Jennifer Doyle (mile, 5:23.20), Lynn Jepsen (pole vault, 9'3")and Sara Chen (pole vault, 8'9") earned their first spots in the New England Division III Indoor Championships to be held next week, while several others improved their entry seed.