Cardinal and Gray Wraps up Busy Weekend at Home

Sophomore Isabella Stuopis
Sophomore Isabella Stuopis

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After setting two new records at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University, a group of the No. 3 MIT women's indoor track and field team remained at home for the Gordon Kelly Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) led the Engineers with her two firsts and one second place finish.

The meet got started off on the right foot when Szklarzewski finished in second place in the 60m with her time of 7.96, crossing the line just two one-hundredths of a second behind Camille Coklow of Mount Holyoke and missing her own MIT record from two years ago by four one-hundredths of a second. Later on in the day, she placed first in both the Long Jump and the Triple Jump with distances of 17-05.50 and 35-04.50.

In the 600m, freshman Stephanie Guo (Houston, Texas) won with her time of 1:43.41 and senior Stephanie Birkhimer (Oneonta, N.Y.) was fifth in 1:46.54. Guo went on to finish in fifth place in the 60m Hurdles with her time of 9.69.

Tech fared well in the High Jump, placing Engineers in three of the top six spots. Junior Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) came second with a jump of 5-02.25, Guo was fifth with a 5-00.25 and freshman Natalie Alper (Columbia, Md.) came in sixth with a 4-10.25. In the Pole Vault, sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) cleared the bar in 11-11.75 to take second, while freshman Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was fourth with an 11-05.75 and junior Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) came in sixth with a 10-11.75.

As she has done at every meet so far this season, sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) won the Shot Put with a throw of 43-04.25. Freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) came fifth with a 38-09.00 and senior Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) was ninth with a throw of 35-08.50. In the Weight Throw, junior Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) threw a 50-00.50 to take third, while classmate Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) was fifth with a 46-01.25.

Next up for the Cardinal and Gray is the Tufts Invitational, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 15.