May 19, 2008

Thomas Tops Hammer Record to Lead MIT at ECAC Championships

May 16, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Senior Aline Thomas continued her championship season roll with another record set at the 2008 ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Springfield College.

On Thursday, Thomas - just honored by her team with the season MVP award - added nearly three feet to her school best in the hammer, finishing second with a spin of 167'3". She followed with a third place in the shot put on Friday tossing the orb 41'10".

Also taking a Silver medal was Jacqui Wentz in the steeplechase. The sophomore moved closer to a Tech record and improved her NCAA meet provisional standing in clocking 11:00.50. Wentz now has authored three of the four fastest times in school history.

Scoring points in the pole vault were captain-elect Emily Hwang and Karin Fisher, both scaling 10'8.75" for seventh and eighth, respectively. With top performances the past few weeks, it gets harder to hold a "peak" later in the season.

Four other athletes had made the meet qualifying standard but did not score. Margaret Leibovic doubled up in the 100m (12.93) and 200m (26.53), but did not advance to the finals. Leanne Veldhuis (400m hurdles, 1:05.92), co-captain elect Andrea Bradshaw (800m, 2:19.93), and Adrienne Bolger (1500m, 5:01.35) competed well, but did not garner any points.

The Engineers amassed 25 points and finished 13th among the 53 scoring teams. Only one meet remains on the docket, with Thomas and Wentz awaiting the final NCAA rankings for a possible ticket to the national championships.