No. 2 Women's Track and Field Posts Seven Top-20 National Marks at BU and Tufts

No. 2 Women's Track and Field Posts Seven Top-20 National Marks at BU and Tufts

THE BASICS:

- Location: Boston University Track and Tennis Center (Boston, Mass.) and the Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)

- The Lead: The No. 2 ranked MIT women's track and field team posted seven top-20 performances nationally over the weekend as the Engineers competed at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at BU and the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University. In the meet at Tufts, team scores were kept and the Engineers finished third out of 16 teams with a total of 79 points and four event wins.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

John Thomas Terrier Classic
- On Friday at BU, sophomore Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) ran a personal-best time of 25.55 to finish second in her heat and third on the MIT all-time list. The time ranks her 12th in the country currently.

- In the 400, senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) was fourth in her heat and 15th overall in a time of 57.53 that sits her 10th nationally. Junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) is also ranked No. 10 in the country as her time of 2:16:13 in the 800 was good for seventh in her heat. Sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) was second in her heat in a very solid performance, surging on the final lap for a time of 2:17.28 to rank 19th in the country.

- In the 1,000, freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) set the MIT varsity and freshman records as she was fourth in her heat and 11th overall with a time of 2:54.97, which topped the previous mark set just one year ago by .04 seconds.

- Sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) finished 11th in her heat and 18th overall in the 3,000 meters in 9:53.07, which was just shy of her season-best that still has her ranked fifth in the country.

- Sophomore Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) ran a personal-best time of 17:37.90 in the 5,000 on Friday as well, which placed her 15th in her heat and sits at 17th in the country.

Branwen Smith-King Invitational
- Senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) captured the long jump for the third time this season, jumping 18 feet, 3.25 to move up two spots to No. 5 in the nation. Freshman Tema Nwana (Fairfax, Va.) finished third in the event as she jumped a personal-best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches.

- Senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) won the weight throw with a toss of 54 feet, one inch, which is currently 12th in the nation. Sophomore Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) finished fourth in the event, posting a distance of 46 feet, 11 inches.

- Freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif.) continued an outstanding freshman season as she won the event with a height of 11 feet, 11.75 inches to tie her season-best that is seventh nationally. Junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) was third at 11 feet, 5.75 to rank 21st in the country as MIT had five finishers in the top 10.

- Sophomore Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) won the triple jump by less than an inch as she posted a distance of 35 feet, 8.75 inches. Freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) finished third in the triple as she leapt 35 feet, 3.25 inches. Sophomore Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W.Va.) also posted a top-five finish as she was fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:24.91.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers split the squad between the Cupid Challenge at Tufts University and the NEICAAA Indoor Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

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