March 16, 2009
Terre Haute, Ind. – The MIT women’s track and field had an excellent weekend at the NCAA Division III Championship, placing three athletes on All-America podium en route to a tie for 16th place out of 68 teams competing at the meet. Emily Hwang, Portia Jones and Amy Magnuson captured All-America accolades for the Engineers.
Hwang opened up the weekend in the pole vault on Friday afternoon. The senior entered the event seeded fifth based on her season best vault of 12-6 feet. Hwang cleared her first four heights on the first attempt and was one of six vaulters to make it over 12-4 feet. She secured fifth place after being unable to clear 12-8 feet on three tries.
In the 55-meter hurdles, Magnuson was able to improve her season-best time twice, running 8.23 seconds in the trials before finishing third overall with a time of 8.22 seconds in the finals. Magnuson was Tech’s highest overall finisher in any event at the Championship.
Freshman Portia Jones fared well in the first National Championship of her young collegiate career. After winning her preliminary heat at 400 meters, Jones finished eighth overall with a time of 58.25 in the finals.
Jacqui Wentz was the final entrant in the meet for the Cardinal and Grey in the 5000m. Wentz entered the meet with the fastest time in the nation at that distance, having run 17:05.20 at the Terrier Classic in late January. She was able to position herself in the middle of the pack through the first half of the race before falling back to a 13th place finish, finishing in 18:01.62.