Engineers Sit in 3rd at New England Div. III Champs

Sophomore Michelle Johnson
Sophomore Michelle Johnson

WATERVILLE, Maine – The MIT women's track and field team traveled to Maine for the New England Division III Championships that were held at Colby College on Thursday through Sunday. Competition for the women officially opened on Friday afternoon with the heptathlon. The Engineers wrapped up the day in third place with 16 points, behind Worcester State University with 20 and Tufts University with 23 points.

Junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) started things off with a first place finish in the heptathlon with 2,776 points. The next nearest competitor finished almost 30 points behind her. Konopka won the 100m hurdles (15.35), came second in the High Jump (5-03.25), and was third in the Shot Put (32-03.75) and 200m (26.99).

In the Javelin Throw, sophomore Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) finished in second place with a throw of 138-09. Freshman Stephanie Riocci (Pound Ridge, N.J.) also competed in the event, coming in 18th place with a throw of 110-05. In the next event, the Hammer Throw, sophomores Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) and Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) came in 15th and 17th with throws of 138-01 and 136-03 respectively.

Sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) finished highest of the Engineers in the Long Jump, coming in eighth with a jump of 16-09.75 and was followed by junior Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) in ninth with a 16-07.25 and sophomore Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) in 18th with a jump of 15-06.25.

The Engineers had four runners finish in the top 15 in the 10,000m. Sophomore Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) led the way with her third place finish with a time of 36:22.25. Junior Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.) came in eighth with a 37:39.64, sophomore Shivani Kaushal (Grand Blanc, Mich.) was 11th in 38:33.45 and classmate Kali Benavides (Miami, Fla.) came in 13th with a time of 38:48.20.

The Engineers will wrap up competition at the N.E. Div. III Championships tomorrow, with both field and running events beginning at 10:00 a.m.