Jones’ Big Day Helps Women’s Track and Field to Win over Bates and Colby

Jones’ Big Day Helps Women’s Track and Field to Win over Bates and Colby

LEWISTON, Maine – Coming off a dominant performance in the Engineer's Cup a week ago, the MIT women's track and field team traveled to Lewiston, Maine to take on Bates and Colby College in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon. The Tech athletes showed their versatility and depth during the meet, as eight different women earned multiple top-five finishes, helping MIT win the meet with 188 points. Bates earned 123 points for second while Colby finished third with 95 points.

Portia Jones had another outstanding all-around effort for the Cardinal and Gray, winning all four events she was entered in while earning a pair of NCAA provisional qualifying marks and breaking one of her own program records. Jones was a winner in the 100m (12.36 seconds), 100-meter hurdles (14.98) and 200m (24.72). She also teamed up with Jacqueline Brew, Martha Gross and Jamie Simmons to win the 4x100 meter relay. Jones' times in the 100 hurdles and 200 were good enough to reach the NCAA provisional standard and she was able to break the MIT record once again in the 100-meter dash.

Brew added second-place finishes in the 100 meters (12.59) and the long jump (16-6.00 feet), a third place in the triple jump (34-9.50), fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.36) and a fifth-place standing at 200 meters (26.40 seconds).

In addition to her spot on the 4x100 relay, Simmons won the 400 Intermediate Hurdles with a time of 1:04.49 and was the runner-up at 400 meters (57.98), just narrowly missing the NCAA standards in both events.

Anna Holt-Gosselin ran a blistering 17:19.86 time in the 5000 meters, besting the rest of the field by nearly 50 seconds and setting a new Institute record in the process. Holt-Gosselin's time is the fifth fastest in the country on the season.

Other strong performances on the track came from Margaret Lloyd, who finished second in the Steeplechase and third in the 800m, Louise van den Heuvel, with a win in the 1500 and a second place in the 800 and Martha Gross, who was third in both the 200m and 400m.

Karin Fisher led a tremendous showing by the MIT pole vaulters, as the Cardinal and Gray accounted for six of the top seven spots. Fisher, Lauren Kuntz and Hazel Briner each cleared 11-5.75 feet, with Fisher winning the event on attempts. Fisher was also the second-place finisher in the triple jump.

Next weekend, MIT will host its Spring Invitational at the Steinbrenner Track. The meet begins on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. and will feature some of the top squads in New England.