March 29, 2009
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In its first full team competition of the 2009 Outdoor season, the MIT women’s track and field team took second place at the Point Loma Nazarene University Collegiate Challenge. The meet was highlighted by a pair of NCAA Provisional qualifying performances by Jacqui Wentz and Emily Hwang, as well as a number of new team records.
Hwang set a new Institute standard in the pole vault, clearing 12-0.75 feet more than nine inches better than any other vaulter. Karin Fisher (10-3.25) and Hazel Briner (9-9.25) also placed in the top 10 of the pole vault.
Wentz set a new personal record in the 3000m Steeplechase, finishing over 51 seconds faster than her closest competitor with a time of 11:00.30. That time is the second-fastest in MIT history. Wentz also took first at 800 meters, finishing in 2:18.69. Adrienne Bolger joined Wentz in the top five of that event, running 2:21.78 for fifth place.
The Engineers also dominated the 5000m and 1500m, led by Anna Holt-Gosselin’s first and second-place showings respectively. Gosselin was one of four Tech runners in the top six of the 1500m, finishing second with a time of 4:43.58. Jennifer Doyle (4:45.11), Bolger (4:46.44) and Katherine Eve (4:46.50) had impressive performances as well. Gosselin then set a new personal best, winning the 5000m in 17:59.21. Tania Morimoto (18:42.83) and Jennifer Doyle (18:44.75) crossed the finish in third and fourth respectively.
The Cardinal and Grey’s 4x400 meter relay squad set a new program standard, running a sub-four minute race for the first time in Institute history, to finish second with a time of 3:58.35.
The host Sea Lions took home the team title, outscoring the runner-up Engineers, 303-267.50.
MIT will return to action at next weekend’s Engineer's Cup hosted by WPI on Saturday, April 4.