Women's Track and Field Conquers First NEWMAC Championship

April 28, 2007

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Behind seven event victories and 15 All-Conference honors, the MIT women's track and field team won its first-ever NEWMAC Championship. The Engineers knocked off Wheaton College for the lead spot, which had won the previous nine championships.

MIT secured event wins from seven different competitors, while making its presence felt in every area. The Engineers finished with 215.5 points with Wheaton totaling 178.5. Springfield College finished in a distant third on the team board after closing with 140 points.

MIT demonstrated a command over the long distance events. While Alisha Schor grabbed second in the steeplechase, freshman Maria Monks grabbed first place in the 5000m (18:12.28). Springfield's Alyssa Brigham broke up a 1-2-3 sweep in the 5k after squeezing ahead of Hana Adaniya and Jennifer Doyle, while Karen Condon (40:57.88) led a successful sweep of the top three spots in the 10,000m after out-kicking teammate Elizabeth Finn (41:01.86).

Although the Engineers didn't secure as many points in the middle distance races, they still delivered some fantastic performances. Andrea Staid set a new outdoor record in the 800m with a time of 2:19.52. The finish was good enough for third and just ahead of teammate Andrea Bradshaw, who finished fourth after tying the previous Institute mark in 2:19.66. Adrienne Bolger lowered her personal record in the 1500m for the third consecutive week and finished fourth in the race with a clip of 4:51.18.

Rookie standout Amy Magnuson was easily victorious in the 100m hurdles, while she also earned All-Conference plaudits with a second-place finish in the triple jump. Junior Leanne Veldhuis enjoyed another spectacular effort in the 400m hurdles, cruising past the field with a time of 1:03.74.

The MIT women dominated the pole vault as well. Emily Hwang earned her first conference Gold after clearing 10'8.75" while Allison Brown, Christine Fanchiang and Alison Barnard all finished among the top six.

Aline Thomas paced Tech's field contingent with two All-Conference honors. Thomas threw 157'7" in the hammer to earn second in addition to a NEWMAC title in the shot put, which she won by nearly three feet. Chi-Fong Wang appeared even more impressive in the javelin as she threw 125'7" to win the event. Her best mark landed 10 feet further than the next closest competitor.