- Location: Johnson Athletic Center - Cambridge, Mass. and Boston University - Boston, Mass.
- The Lead: Over the weekend, the top-ranked MIT women's indoor track and field team posted a pair of performances that ranked among the national leaders at the David Hemery Invitational. The Engineers also picked up four individual event victories at the Gordon Kelly Invitational on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) ran the second-fastest time in the country in the mile as she posted a converted time of 4:53.40. Sophomore Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) crossed in a converted time of 2:12.43 at BU, which also ranked second in the country. In the mile, freshman Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) also ranks among the national leaders at No. 13 as she posted a converted time of 5:01.80.
- Also at BU, junior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) and junior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) each picked up top-10 finishes in the long jump. Okonkwo, who leads the nation in the long jump, finished eighth with a leap of 18 feet, 7.25 inches. Strouf was close behind at 18 feet, 3.75 inches, which is currently ranked 13th in the country.
- At the Gordon Kelly Invitational, junior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) earned the victory in the weight throw with a toss of 55 feet, 1.5 inches. She also placed third in the shot put at 40 feet, .75 inches, while senior teammate Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) was second in the weight throw at 49 feet, 1.75 inches.
- Freshman Kaitlyn Sparks (Cape Town, South Africa) was second in the pole vault at 11 feet, 8.5 inches, followed by sophomore Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) with the same height and sophomore Kathleen Brandes (Raleigh, N.C.) in fourth at 11 feet, 2.5 inches. In the triple jump, freshman Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) placed third as she jumped 35 feet, 2.5 inches.
- Freshman Jane Reed (New Canaan, Conn.) was first in the 400 meters at 1:02.44, along with a third-place finish in the 200 at 27.40 seconds. Freshman Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) captured the 60 meters in a time of 8.08 seconds, along with a victory by freshman Gabriella Zak (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) in the 600 meters at 1:39.34. Junior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) also picked up a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles as she crossed in a time of 9.39 seconds.
- MIT returns to action on February 17th-18th as the Engineers host the New England Division 3 Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Johnson Athletic Center Track.