No. 4 Women's Track and Field Falls to No. 3 Williams, 102.5-98.5

No. 4 Women's Track and Field Falls to No. 3 Williams, 102.5-98.5


- Location: Williamstown, Mass. (Lee Track at the Weston Athletic Complex)

- The Lead: At the Dick Farley Invitational, the No. 4 ranked MIT women's track and field team dropped a 102.5-98.5 final to No. 3 ranked Williams College in a dual meet on Saturday afternoon in Williamstown, Mass. The Engineers picked up nine individual event victories and two relay wins in the nationally-ranked matchup with the Ephs. 


- Freshman Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) broke the MIT rookie records in both the 100 and 200-meter events as she placed second and third overall, respectively. In the 100, Menkiti ran a time of 12:40 to beat her own mark by a .11-second margin. For the 200, she ran a time of 25.12 to break the mark by .20 seconds and rank 17th in the country. Also earning a top-three finish in the 100 meters was senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria), as she placed third in a time of 12.44. Okonkwo also won the long jump, claiming the event with a leap of 18 feet, 11.25 inches.

- Freshman Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) won the 800 meters in 2:17.24, while freshman Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) claimed the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:06.25 for a nine-second PR and the No. 10 mark in the country. Freshman Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) finished third in the steeplechase as she finished in a time of 11:20.64.

- Junior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) picked up the victory in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.11 seconds, while sophomore Kathleen Brandes (Raleigh, N.C.) won the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 7.75 inches. Sophomore Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) was second in the pole vault as she cleared 11 feet, 1.75 inches. On the track, freshman Jane Reed (New Canaan, Conn.) finished second in the 400 at 58.62 seconds, while junior Clementine Mitchell (Glasgow, Scotland) was third in the 1,500 and junior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) placed third in the 5,000 meters. Mitchell crossed in a time of 4:46.79, while Eccles ran a time of 17:41.93.

- Junior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) won both the shot put and hammer throw, while also placing second in the discus (130 feet, 10 inches). In the shot put, Slutsky posted a throw of 38 feet, 7.5 inches and in the hammer, she threw 163 feet, five inches to improve by six inches on her season-best and rank 27th in the country. Senior Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) picked up the victory in the discus with a throw of 139 feet, six inches to rank 18th in the country, while she finished second in both the shot put (38 feet, 1.25 inches) and hammer (157 feet, 11 inches).

- In the javelin, junior Dana Balek (Boxford, Mass.) claimed the victory with a distance of 123 feet, five inches, while freshman Elise McCormack (Wells, Maine) was the runner-up at 87 feet, one inch.

- In the relays, MIT claimed victories in both the 4x100 and 4x400 events, along with a second-place showing in the 4x800 relay. In the 4x100, the team of Chen, Reed, Menkiti and Okonkwo ran a time of 47.76 to defeat Williams by .52 seconds and rank eighth in the nation. In the 4x400, Reed, senior Natalie Alper (Columbia, Md.), freshman Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) and freshman Gabriella Zak (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) won by .90 seconds with a time of 3:55.90.


- MIT returns to action on Saturday, April 22nd as the Engineers host the Sean Collier Invitational.


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