April 11, 2009
LEWISTON, Maine - One week after a dramatic, come from behind win at the Engineer's Cup, the MIT women's track and field team earned its second straight meet victory, defeating Colby and Bates over the weekend in Lewiston, Maine. Tech withstood a strong challenge from the host Mules to take first in the meet with 161 points, just seven ahead of Colby. Bates finished in third with 105 points.
The Engineers secured 12 of the 20 event wins en route to the team title. Portia Jones helped lead the way, taking first in the 400-meter hurdles while also being a part of two winning relay squads. Jones set a personal-record in the 400m hurdles with her time of 1:03.30, the second-fastest in MIT history. Earlier in the day she led off the victorious 4x100 relay, which finished in 50.54. The freshman capped her busy afternoon by anchoring the 4x400m relay to an eight second win (4:06.01).
Jacqui Wentz also contributed a pair of first-place efforts. Two weeks after achieving an NCAA provisional qualifying time in 3000m Steeplechase, Wentz shattered the Institute record in that event with a time of 10:47.97. She finished over a full minute faster than her nearest competitor and bettered the previous MIT standard by almost 10 seconds.
Tech's other event winners on the track included Amy Magnuson in the 100-meter hurdles (14.97), Marth Gross at 400m (1:01.73), Andrea Bradshaw in the 800 (2:19.13) and Anna Holt-Gosselin, who ran the 5000m in 17:56.81. Wentz, Bradshaw, Jennifer Doyle and Katherine Eve also helped the Cardinal and Grey sweep the relays, taking the 4x800 with a time of 9:31.47.
Emily Hwang led the way in the pole vault, clearing 12-03.50 feet, as the Engineers took four of the top five spots in that event. Vicky Hsu's throw of 108-09 feet was good first the top spot in the javelin, 12 feet better than second place. Hazel Briner earned key, first-place points late in the meet to help secure the team victory.
MIT will compete in the Springfield Invitational next weekend, its final tune-up before the NEWMAC Championship in two weeks.