- Location: Reggie Lewis Center (Boston, Mass.) and the Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)
- The Lead: Over the weekend, the No. 3 MIT women's indoor track and field team competed at the NEICAAA Championship and the Cupid Challenge, which was hosted by Tufts University. At the NEICAAA Championship, the Engineers finished 20th out of 30 scoring teams while the Cupid Challenge had no team scoring.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the pole vault, freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) each cleared 12 feet, 3.5 inches to place fourth and fifth, respectively. Junior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) finished 16th in the pole vault with a height of 11 feet, 7.75 inches as Ahrens and Stromhaug are tied for fourth nationally and Patarino checks in at 15th.
- Senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) finished 12th in the long jump with a season-long leap of 18 feet, five inches and is ranked seventh in the nation currently. In the triple jump, sophomore Jasmin Jin (Fanchang, China) finished in 11th place with a distance of 37 feet, 0.5 inches and freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) was 19th overall with 36 feet, 0.75 inches.
- At the Cupid Challenge, the Engineers picked up four event wins on Saturday at Tufts. Sophomore Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) won the 200 meters in 26.19, along with a second-place finish in the 60 with a time of 8.02. Senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) finished third in the 200 meters at 26.44 seconds and was also second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.09 seconds.
- Sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) earned the win in the 1000 meters in 2:59.05, while sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) won the mile in a time of 4:58.72. For McPhillips, her time was converted to 4:55.80 and that currently ranks her fourth in the nation. In the 1,000, sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) finished in fifth with a time of 3:07.62.
- Senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) won the weight throw by almost seven feet as she posted a throw of 55 feet, 5.75 inches to rank No. 11 nationally.
- Sophomore Megan McCandless (Livermore, Calif.) was second in the 3,000 meters in 10:11.96, along with a third-place showing in the 5,000 meters from senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) as she finished in 17:20.31.
- Senior All-American Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) finished second in the long jump at 18 feet, 4.5 inches, along with a runner-up showing by freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) in the 600 meters in 1:39.77. Okonkwo is currently eighth nationally, just a half inch behind Strouf on the list.
- Graduate student Madeleine Waller (Pasadena, Calif.) placed fourth in the pole vault with a clearance of 10 feet, six inches and freshman Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) finished fourth in the triple jump at 34 feet, 11 inches.
- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers compete at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday and Saturday and then hosting the Gordon Kelly Invitational on Saturday at Noon.