Women's Track Vaults To Eighth At New England Championships

May 8, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Engineers scored big in the pole vault, totaling 23 of 53 total points in the event en route to an eighth place finish at the New England Division III Track & Field Championships this past weekend at Blake Field. Williams College (166) won the meet and has now claimed seven straight and 13 of the last 16 championships.

Junior Christine Fanchiang led the strong group of MIT athletes with a first place mark of 11-06.25 in the pole vault, and placing right behind her was freshman teammate Emily Hwang. Hwang also scored a mark of 11-06.25 but had more misses than Fanchiang. Both Fanchiang and Hwang tied for the second best vault ever at MIT while meeting the NCAA national provisional qualifying standard. Finishing in fourth was sophomore Allison Brown, who helped the Engineers walk away from the event with 23 points.

Also performing well in the field events was junior Chi-Fong Wang, who tossed the javelin 125-01 to take fifth place. In the hammer, sophomore Aline Thomas topped her previous personal best by five feet and finished fourth (156-0) to meet the NCAA qualifying standard. She also took home a point in the shot put with a personal best mark of 38-4.75.

In the running events, freshman Adrienne Bolger, freshman Andrea Bradshaw, junior Hana Adaniya and junior Rachel Niehuus combined to finish third in a spectacular 4x800 race. The four runners eclipsed an eight-year-old MIT record by 17 seconds, finishing the 3200 in 9:29.10. The Engineers fell short of setting a new school record in the 4x100 but still managed the second best time (50.64) while finishing fourth. Senior Betsy Eames placed third in the 10,000, and junior Alisha Schor took sixth in the steeplechase.

The Engineers return home to host the All Division New England Championship (NEICAAA) this weekend at Steinbrenner Track.