May 24, 2009
MARIETTA, Ohio - The MIT women's track and field team was well represented at the NCAA Division III Championship as nine competing athletes helped the team to a 10th place finish, the highest at this meet in program history. Four individuals earned All-America honors for the Engineers, who finished with 20 points to tie for 10th.
Portia Jones capped her impressive rookie season with a fourth-place finish and an All-America nod in the 400m hurdles. The freshman set a new Institute record in the preliminary heat with a time of 61.73 seconds. She ran 61.76 in the finals to finish fourth. Jones was also an All-America performer at the Division III Indoor Championship in March.
Amy Magnuson picked up another All-America selection, the third of her collegiate career, with a fourth-place finish in the 100m hurdles. After finishing third in this event her freshman year Magnuson was injured and unable to compete at last season's NCAA Championship. Her time of 14.37 seconds was just shy of her own school record.
Jacqui Wentz continued her dominance of the 3000m Steeplechase with a fourth-place showing and the second All-America honor of her career. Her time of 10:32.61 bettered the previous Division III season best and set a new program standard.
Emily Hwang vaulted her way into fourth-place in the pole vault with a jump of 12-6.25 feet. Hwang improved upon her fifth-place effort at the NCAA Indoor Championship earlier this season.
Anna Holt-Gosselin and Jennifer Doyle had impressive performances at 10,000 meters finishing 14th and 17th, respectively. Tech's 4x400m relay quartet just missed qualifying for the finals, finishing with a time of 3:51.68.
Wartburg College took home the team title, narrowly edging Wisconsin-Oshkosh by a score of 52-50.