No. 8 Women's Track and Field Competes at Last Chance Qualifier on Thursday Night

No. 8 Women's Track and Field Competes at Last Chance Qualifier on Thursday Night


- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Sherie and Don Morrison Track at Steinbrenner Stadium)

- The Lead: At the Last Chance Meet on a hot Thursday night at the Sherie and Don Morrison Track, the No. 8 ranked MIT women's track and field team earned three individual victories in the team's final meet before the NCAA Outdoor Championships.


- Junior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) was the star for the Engineers on Thursday night as she won the discus with a throw of 151 feet, eight inches to rank No. 11 nationally entering the championship. Slutsky also finished third in the hammer at 164 feet, 10 inches, while senior Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) was second in the discus at 141 feet, 11 inches and hammer with a throw of 169 feet, five inches.

- Freshman Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) won the 200 meters in 24.90 seconds, followed by a runner-up showing in the 100 at 12.19. The final win for the Engineers came in the high jump as senior Natalie Alper (Columbia, Md.) cleared five feet, five inches for the victory. 

- In the 1,500 meters, freshman Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) placed third in a time of 4:36.68, followed by classmate Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) in fourth at 4:42.54. Also on the track, the MIT 4x100 meter relay team finished second overall as the Engineers ran a season-best time of 47.72 seconds.

- Junior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) finished as the runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, three inches, while senior Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and sophomore Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) both finished in the top three in the pole vault. Tylock was second in the pole vault with a clearance of 11 feet, eight inches, followed by Patarino at 11 feet, 2.25 inches.


- MIT returns to action on May 25-27 as the Engineers travel to the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.


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