Women's Track and Field Finishes Well at NEICAAAs

Sophomore Michelle Johnson
Sophomore Michelle Johnson

EASTON, Mass. - On the final day of competition at the New England Outdoor Championships at Stonehill College, the MIT women's outdoor track and field team came in 13th place with 20.5 points. The Engineers finished just ahead of Amherst College, who had 20 points, and right behind Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac, who tied for 11th place, with 23 points.

First up for MIT were sophomore Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) and junior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) in the 800m. Huang crossed the line in 13th place with a time of 2:17.23, while Taylor was 19th in 2:18.92. Senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) came in third place in the 1500m with a 4:30.75, earning six points towards MIT's final score, and junior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) was 26th in 4:43.54.

In the 3000m Steeplechase, junior Martina de Geus (Los Altos, Calif.) came in third place with her time of 10:38.58, cutting off almost 15 seconds from her second place-finishing performance at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship last month. Sophomore Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) four-way tied for 13th in the High Jump with a jump of 5-01.00.

Senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the way for the Engineers in the Pole Vault with her third place finish when she cleared the bar in 12-05.50. Freshman Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) tied for sixth with a vault of 11-05.75, while sophomore Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) five-way tied for ninth in 10-11.75. Sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) finished in tenth place in the Triple Jump with a jump of 37-01.75.

In the Shot Put, freshman Isabella Stuopis (Amherst N.H.) came ninth with her throw of 42-10.75, improving on her personal record and her freshman record, and, in the Discus Throw, junior Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) was 12th with a throw of 120-02. Sophomore Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) came 15th in the Hammer Throw with a 146-05 and, to end the meet, classmate Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) came 14th in the Javelin Throw with a 115-10.

The Engineers will return to action next weekend for the ECAC Division III Championships, before gearing up for the NCAA Championships that will be held at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse the following weekend.