No. 4 MIT Finishes Second at NEICAAA Championship

Senior Veronica Szklarzewski
Senior Veronica Szklarzewski

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After winning back-to-back championships over the past two weekends, the fourth-ranked MIT women's track and field team competed in this weekend's NEICAAA Championship meet, which took place at Steinbrenner Stadium. Tech finished in second place, tallying a team score of 68 points. Southern Connecticut State claimed the championship, winning by an overall score of 72 points.

Senior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) established a new program in the Long Jump, recording a leap of 18-10.00. Her jump is now the top leap in the event, shattering her original mark of 18-02.50 from earlier this season.

Senior Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) continued her success in the Pole Vault, winning the event with a clear of 13-01.50. Junior Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) placed third in the Shot Put, recording a toss of 43-08.00.

In the Hammer Throw, senior Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) placed third with a toss of 173-10, while classmate Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) finished eighth with a throw of 163-00. Senior Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) recorded a third place performance in the Javelin, registering a throw of 135-06.

Sophomore Natalie Alper (Columbia, Md.) recorded a season-best mark in the High Jump with a leap of 5-05.00. Her leap was good for fifth place. Graduate student Abigail Klein (Bethesda, Md.) recorded a fourth place performance in the Pole Vault with a clear 12-01.50, which matched her season-best.

In the 200m Dash, sophomore Kendra Knittel (Tucson, Ariz.) clocked a season-best time of 25.35, while recording a time of 12.56 in the 100m Dash. Sophomore Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) recorded a season-best time in the 800m, crossing the finish line in 2:15.45. Gong also came in second in the 1,500m, crossing the finishing line in 4:28.56.

Junior Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) recorded a season-best time in 10,000m Run, crossing the finish line third in 36:06.76. Freshman Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) registered a time in the 400m Hurdles (1:01.49) – a second place finish. During the prelims, Chen clocked a season-best time of 1:01.43.

Next week, the Cardinal and Gray will compete at the ECAC Championship – hosted by Springfield College – and the IC4A Championship – hosted by Princeton University. The ECAC Championship begins on Thursday, May 14 and concludes Friday, May 15. The IC4A Championship begins on Saturday, May 16 and ends on Sunday, May 17.