Engineers Win 11 Events En Route to Finishing First at Bates

Junior Michelle Johnson
Junior Michelle Johnson

LEWISTON, Maine – No. 8 MIT women's outdoor track and field won 11 events on their way to a team win over Colby College and host Bates College on Saturday afternoon. Tech finished with 176.50 points, Bates was second with 129.50 points and Colby scored 110 points to take third.  

Junior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) won the 10,000m by nearly six minutes, finishing with a time of 36:03.33. Fellow senior Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.) finished second in the 5000m with a season best time of almost four seconds (18:04.72). Allen was followed by sophomore Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) in fourth, junior Shivani Kaushal (Grand Blanc, Mich.) in sixth, freshman Rebecca Steinmeyer (La Grange, Ill.) in eighth, and sophomore Heather Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) in 10th. In the 3000m Steeplechase, senior Martina de Geus (Los Altos, Calif.) won the event by 31 seconds, crossing the finish line in a time of 11:24.24.

Freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.), and seniors Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) and Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) took second through fourth in the 1500m, with Gong earning a place on the program's top-ten all-time performers list with her time of 4:39.45.

In the 100m Hurdles, seniors Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) and Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) took the top two spots with times of 15.00 and 15.36 respectively.  Brew added another win in the 100m by a mere four one-hundredths of a second with her time of 12.48, and had a convincing win in the 200m with a 25.54. Tech stood out in the 800m, with junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) finishing second with a 2:18.27, leading six MIT women to top ten finishes in the event.

In the field, juniors Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) and Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.), and freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) took second through fourth in the Hammer Throw with throws of 153-00, 147-07, and 131-07. Sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.)took the Shot Put title with a throw of 41-05.75, while Vahey finished second with a 36-04.25. In the High Jump, junior Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) clinched the win, jumping a 5-02.25, and freshman Natalie Alper (Columbia, Md.) tied for second with a jump of 5-00.25.

Sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) easily won the Pole Vault, recording a height of 12-00.75. In the Triple Jump, junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) took first, jumping 36-04.25, followed closely by teammate Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.), who finished second with a jump of 35-03.75. In the long jump, Szklarzewski edged Johnson and the pair finished second and third, jumping distances of 16-09.25 and 16-04.50 respectively.

Junior Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) won the Javelin with a throw of 133-10 to win by nearly eight feet. Sophomore Stephanie Riocci (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and Stuopis finished fifth and sixth with throws of 102-01 and 100-08 respectively. Vahey and Stuopis took the top two spots in the Discus, as Vahey threw 132-03 to win by more than 16 feet, setting new MIT freshman and varsity records in the process.

From Wednesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 17, the Engineers will compete in the Holly Cross Decathlon, starting at 11:30 a.m. on the first day and 11:00 a.m. on the second.