Women's Track and Field Achieves Program Milestone at New England Championships

May 5, 2007

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - MIT women's track and field cemented its position among the region's elite teams after finishing second overall at the New England Division III Track and Field Championships. The Engineers best finish previously was seventh in 1999, but behind a plethora of program records, MIT made a push for the team title before falling short against national-power Williams.

Freshman Amy Magnuson continued her remarkable rookie season and boasted the fastest time during the trials of the 100-meter hurdles. Magnuson finished second in the finals with a school-record time of 14.31. She also finished third in the triple jump (36') and set her second Institute record of the day en route to a fourth-place finish in the long jump (17'9.5").

Magnuson wasn't the only competitor to enjoy a great day against the field. Aline Thomas anchored Tech's field contingent with a second-place finish in the shot put and a third-place effort in the hammer. Thomas tossed 41'3.75" in the shot put. Her top mark of 157'4" fell just short of her career high.

Christine Fanchiang and Alison Brown both vaulted 10'2", but Fanchiang secured the Silver after making the clear on fewer attempts. Brown's effort still netted a fourth-place finish. MIT also picked up field points in the javelin as senior Chi-Fong Wang finished sixth.

The Engineers set two school marks at 800 meters. Andrea Staid (2:19.20) ended up with the new standard after out-dueling teammate Andrea Bradshaw (2:19.51), although both would finish the day listed in the all-time annuls. In addition to the school's open record, MIT's 4x800m crushed the entire field while setting an Institute record in the relay. The team of Rachel Niehuus, Bradshaw, Adrienne Bolger and Staid combined to run 9:23.3, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of second-place Bates (9:25.9).

The Cardinal and Gray also received great performances by Leanne Veldhuis in the 400m hurdles, who closed fourth in 1:05.0, and in the 10,000m, where Jennifer Doyle and Hana Adaniya finished third and fourth, respectively.