April 5, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. – The MIT women’s track and field team needed to wait until the final event of the day, the pole vault, to clinch a thrilling win over RPI and host WPI at the Engineer’s Cup on Saturday. The Engineers swept the top three in the vault to hold of RPI, 146-135. The host team, WPI, finished third with 87 points.
MIT displayed great depth in the rest of the meet, winning a total of 12 of the day’s 19 events. Jacqui Wentz had one of the strongest showings in the 1500m, setting a new school record with a time of 4:40.10. Portia Jones swept the 200 and 400 meter races with times of 27.01 and 1:01.15 respectively. Andrea Bradshaw led from wire to wire in the 800m before winning by over three seconds (2:21.72). In her debut intercollegiate meet, freshman Jamie Simmons won the 400 meter hurdles in 1:06.43.
Tech’s other event winners on the track were Liz Labuz (12:19.70) in the 3000m Steeplechase and Alina Gatowski (18:45.58) in the 5000. Hazel Briner in the javelin and Amy Magnuson in the long jump also earned first-place points in the field events.
The Engineers also swept the relays with a time of 51.93 in the 4x100 and 4:07.30 in the 4x400.
Next weekend, MIT will travel to Colby College to take on the host Mules, as well as Bates and Southern Maine.