- Location: Birmingham CrossPlex (Birmingham, Ala.)
- The Lead: Led by a fourth-place finish from the MIT women's distance medley relay team, the No. 3 MIT women's track and field program sits in fourth place out of 30 scoring teams with 14 points after day one of the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship. On day one, the Engineers had eight student-athletes earn All-American honors and two more advance to Saturday's finals.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the pole vault, the Engineers had a pair of All-Americans with freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.). Ahrens capped off an outstanding rookie indoor season with a sixth-place finish as she was perfect through the first four heights and finished with a clearance of 12 feet, 5.5 inches. Stromhaug earned her third overall All-American honor and second straight indoor accolade as she was seventh at 12 feet, 5.5 inches.
- In the long jump, senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) earned All-American indoor honors for the second straight year as she leapt 18 feet, 4.25 inches to place seventh. Senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) ended up with a 13th-place finish in the event as she posted a jump of 17 feet, 8.25 inches. Overall, both athletes matched their seeds (No. 7 and No. 13) in their overall finishes.
- The final individual All-American of the day was senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) as she placed seventh in the 5,000 meters in a time of 17:04.46. This was her second time qualifying to the 5,000 at the indoor national championship and her first All-American accolade.
The final overall MIT All-Americans of the day came in the distance medley relay as the team of sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.), senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.), junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) and sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) finished fourth overall with a time of 11:43.54. This is the eighth straight season that the MIT DMR team has earned All-American honors.
- In the prelims of the mile, McPhillips surged to the front with a little over 300 meters remaining and powered to the win in a time of 4:57.45. McPhillips will enter Saturday's final with the No. 2 time following prelims. In the 800 meter prelims, MIT sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) advanced to the final with a fourth-place finish in her heat that has her as the No. 6 seed heading to the final. In today's race, she ran a time of 2:13.64. Also competing was freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) who placed 17th overall in her first nationals with a time of 2:18.42.
- In the weight throw, MIT senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) finished in 13th place with a throw of 51 feet, 8.5 inches to wrap up her indoor season.
- MIT is back in action at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship as the Engineers wrap up the two-day event with finalists in both the 800 meters and the mile.