Engineers Host Sean Collier Invitational

Junior Preethi Vaidyanathan
Junior Preethi Vaidyanathan

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At the inaugural Sean Collier Invitational held on the Steinbrenner Track, No. 9 MIT women's outdoor track and field dominated the field events, including a sweep of the Pole Vault led by sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.).

Virdi cleared 11-11.75 in the pole vault to win the event, and was followed by three other Engineers. Junior Abigail Klein (Bethesda, Md.) finished second with a vault of 11-05.75, freshman Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) took third at 10-11.75, and junior Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) also cleared 10-11.75 for fourth place.

In the High Jump, junior Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) was victorious with a jump of 5-03.75, just ahead of senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.), who tied for second at 5-01.75.

In the throwing events, juniors Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) and Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) took the top two places in the Hammer Throw with final throws of 150-06 and 148-11 respectively. Vahey took fifth with a throw of 141-06, setting a new MIT freshman record in the process. Sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) claimed second place in the Shot Put with a throw of 41-01.25 and freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) took second in the Discus with a toss of 130-04.

Junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) finished second in the Long Jump, clearing 17-04.75 and leading a 2-3-4 charge for the Engineers in the event. Junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) jumped 16-05.75 to claim third and Konopka placed fourth with a 16-03.25. Later in the day, Szklarzewski picked up another second place finish in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line in 12.62.

On the track, MIT claimed the top three places in the 1500-meter run, led by freshman Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) who finished in 4:43.70. Crossing the line in second place with a time of 4:46.84 was senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.), and completing the sweep was sophomore Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) in a time of 4:47.05.

Senior Martina de Geus (Los Altos, Calif.) took the 3000-meter steeplechase title by more than six seconds, finishing in 11:18.14.

The Engineers' 4x800-meter relay was victorious with a time of 9:55.16,  a team composed of juniors Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.), Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.), Stephanie Marzen (McLean Va.) and senior van den Heuvel. Taylor went on to finish third in the Javelin Throw with a 135-07.

MIT returns to the track on Saturday, April 27 at the NEWMAC Championships at Mount Holyoke, where the Engineers will compete for their sixth straight title.