May 10, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. – One week after winning the first Division III New England Championship in program history, the MIT women’s track and field team recorded an impressive ninth-place finish at the All New England Championship hosted by UMass-Amherst. The Engineers had the best showing among Division III teams at the meet, competing with teams from across all three NCAA divisions. Among the individual highlights were three new Institute records as well as a number of NCAA qualifying marks.
Portia Jones had a very strong weekend, finishing second in the 400-meter hurdles while also being a part of the third-place 4x400 relay team. Jones’ time of 1:01.82 in the hurdles gave her the MIT record in the event as she finished just three-tenths of a second behind the winner. With that time, Jones achieved the NCAA automatic qualifying mark. Fellow freshman Jamie Simmons came in eighth with a time of 1:04.81. Jones and Simmons then teamed up with Andrea Bradshaw and Martha Gross to better their own Institute standard and NCAA qualifying mark in the 4x400, running a time of 3:52.03 to place third. That quartet now owns three of the top four times in program history in the event.
Amy Magnuson recorded a season best in the 100m hurdles, reaching the NCAA automatic qualifying standard and winning the race with a time of 14.34 seconds. Hazel Briner bettered her own MIT record in the heptathlon, finishing in eighth with 4049 points.
Tech’s only participants in the field events were in the pole vault, as Emily Hwang and Karin Fisher finished in second and sixth, respectively. Hwang vaulted 12-3.50 feet for the runner-up finish while Fisher’s effort of 11-5.75 feet put her in sixth.
Boston College outlasted New Hampshire for the team title with 87 points overall.
The Cardinal and Grey will take part in the ECAC Division III Championship next weekend at Springfield College on Thursday and Friday.