MIT Women's Outdoor Track and Field Team Take the Win in the Engineer's Cup

Junior Jacqueline Brew
Junior Jacqueline Brew

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At its first home meet of the outdoor season, the MIT women's track and field team finished first at the Engineer's Cup with a score of 201 points. WPI was second with 110 points and RPI was third with 86. Nine different Engineers took first place in various events, as did the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay.

Sophomore Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) kicked things off in the 10,000m, running a 35:54.68, which is currently the second fastest time in the country for Division III at this time.

In the 100m, sophomore Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) finished in second place with a time of 12.50. She competed in a handful of other events throughout the day, her best performance being the long jump, where she came first with a jump of 5.18m.  In the 400m, sophomore Kayla Harris (Baton Rouge, La.) and freshman Isabel Crystal (Scotch Plains, N.J.) finished in first and second place with times of 1:01.13 and 1:02.33 respectively.

In the 800m, sophomore Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) won with a time of 2:21.03, with juniors Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) and Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) coming in third and fourth with times of 2:22.19 and 2:25.25. van den Heuvel won the next event, the 1500m, in 4:43.15, with Taylor following directly behind her with a 4:43.47.

MIT's strongest showing was in the 5000m, taking the top five spots. Senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) led the way with her time of 17:11.45, crossing the line over 30 seconds ahead of the competition. She was followed by junior Martina de Geus (Los Altos, Calif.) in 17:45.36, and sophomores Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.), Dacie Manion (Old Town, Maine) and Shivani Kaushal (Grand Blanc, Mich.) with times of a 18:41.49, 18:41.64 and 18:51.25.

In the 200m, junior Stephanie Birkhimer (Oneonta, N.Y.) came in second with a 28.27. She later came in fifth place in the long jump with a jump of 4.80m. Classmate Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) finished in second place in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles with times of 15.32 and 1:05.91. Freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) took the win in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 11:23.56, finishing over 25 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the pole vault, as she usually does, with a vault of 3.80m, with freshman Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) finishing in second with a vault of 3.35m.

The MIT 4x100 A relay crossed the line in 50.77, over a second ahead of WPI's relay. In the 4x400 relay, MIT had a six second gap between them and RPI, who finished in second.

To end the meet, sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) won the triple jump in 10.65m, junior Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) was first in the discus with a throw of 36.70m and sophomore Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) won the javelin with a throw of 39.03m.

MIT will host another meet next weekend on Saturday, April 13 at 12:00 p.m., with Bates, Colby and the University of Southern Maine coming to campus.