April 21, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Allison Brown, Leanne Velduis, Margaret Leibovic and Amy Magnuson combined to shatter the Institute record in the 400-meter relay and Adrienne Bolger lowered her own school standard in the 1500m as the MIT women's track and field team enjoyed a great performance, Saturday, in a 16-team Coed Spring Invitational at Steinbrenner Stadium.
MIT's 4x100m unit split 49.76 to finish third in a close final, although the performance was the first sub-50 effort in program history. Magnuson enjoyed another spectacular day herself, running 14.95 to win the 100m hurdles and earning another first-place finish in the long jump. Although Magnuson missed the school record in the long jump by one-half inch, she shattered the standing rookie record by over a foot. The talented freshman also finished second in the triple jump, finishing six inches ahead of teammate Genita Metzler, who copped third.
Leanne Velduis, Emily Hwang and Hana Adaniya also secured victories against the large field. Velduis split 1:04.16 to win the 400m hurdles, while Hwang inched closer to the MIT outdoor record after pacing a sweep of the top four places in the pole vault after a leap of 11'2.5". Adaniya cruised to first after clocking 18:20.38 in the 5000m.
The Engineers were strong throughout the middle and long distance events on Saturday. Andrea Staid finished second in the 800m after running a season-best 2:21.10, while Bolger lowered last week's record setting performance in the 1500m with a time of 4:51.39.
The Cardinal and Gray proved to be equally efficient in the field events as Kay Furman, Allyson Randolph and Juls Arden finished second through fourth in the discus. Aline Thomas led Tech's field contingent, securing second overall in the hammer with a throw of 160'3" and adding a second-place finish in the shot put. Thomas' best toss of 39'2.25" finished out of first by one hundredth of a meter.