MIT Women's Track and Field Wins Quad Meet at Home

Sophomore Michelle Johnson
Sophomore Michelle Johnson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - At its second home meet in the past two weeks, the MIT women's outdoor track and field team finished first with 237 points. Colby College was second with 160.5, Bates College was third with 158, the University of Southern Maine was fourth with 89.5 and Husson University was fifth with 37 points.

Sophomore Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) kicked things off with second and third place finishes in the 100m with times of 12.77 and 13.03 respectively. Brew also competed in the 100m hurdles, coming in second place with a time of 15.38. Classmate Stephanie Birkhimer (Oneonta, N.Y.) finished directly behind her in 16.44. 

The 800m was a strong event for the Engineers, who earned 20 points towards their final score. Sophomore Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) finished first in 2:16.77, junior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) was third in 2:19.38 and senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) was fourth with a time of 2:19.58. Johnson and van den Heuvel went on to compete in the next event, the 1,500m, finishing in first and third with times of 4:37.32 and 4:44.54.

The 4x100 relay, that was made up of Brew, Szklarzewski, Johnson and junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) finished in second place with a time of 50.36, less than two seconds behind Colby. The 4x400 relay, which was composed of junior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.), Huang, van den Heuvel and freshman Isabel Crystal (Scotch Plains, N.J.) finished in fourth place in 4:09.38.

MIT performed incredibly well in the field events, taking first in six of the eight events. Sophomore Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) came first in the high jump in 1.54m, while senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the pole vault when she cleared the bar in 3.65m and Szklarzewski won the long jump with a jump of 5.15m. Sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) won the triple jump in 10.84m, with Szklarzewski coming in second with a jump of 10.78m.

Freshman Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) came first in the shot put with a throw of 11.97m and junior Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) was second in 10.96m. Labaza placed second in the next event, the discus throw, with a throw of 36.42m. To close the meet, sophomore Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) won her first event of the outdoor season with her throw of 40.10m in the javelin.

MIT will return to action on Friday, April 19 when it travels to Princeton, N.J. for the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton.