Engineers Complete Cupid Challenge, Prepare for New England Champs

Freshman Katharina Ross
Freshman Katharina Ross

MEDFORD, Mass. – The No. 12 MIT women's track and field team traveled to Tufts University on Monday afternoon for the second time in just over a week, this time to compete in the Cupid Challenge. The Engineers fared well in the non-scoring meet, walking away with a number of high finishes. Senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) and freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) were the only two MIT runners to take first in their events, with Johnson winning the 1000 meters ten seconds ahead of the competition with a time of 2:56.27 and Quinn crossing the line first in the mile in 4:54.32, breaking the varsity and freshman MIT records in the process.

Junior Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) started things off for the Engineers with a 13th place finish in the 200 meters, finishing in 26.88, just narrowly ahead of the runner from UMass Lowell who finished directly after her. Sophomore Kayla Harris (Baton Rouge, La.) kept the momentum going in the 400 meters, coming in eighth place with a time of 1:02.73. Fellow sophomore Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) performed well in the 800 meters with her time of 2:18.90, which earned her a third place finish. Junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) followed closely behind in ninth place with a 2:30.70.

Also entered in the mile along with Quinn was freshman Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) who finished in fourth place with her time of 5:07.42.

The Engineers' strongest showing was in the long jump, where they took four of the top eight spots. Konopka finished highest of the MIT jumpers with 5.00 meters. Freshman Katharina Ross (Port Jefferson) was sixth with 4.91 meters, junior Stephanie Birkhimer (Oneonta, N.Y.) came seventh with 4.87 meters, sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) came in eighth place with 4.86 meters and freshman Sherry Wan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) came in 12th with 4.49 meters.

In the previous event, the pole vault, Wan had come in second place with 3.20 meters. Sophomore Marissa Engle (Sunnyvale, Calif.) finished in third with 3.05 meters.

MIT will next compete in the New England Division III Championships, which will take place at the University of Southern Maine from Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16.