- Location: Dussault Track & Field Complex (Somerville, Mass. - Hosted by Tufts University)
- The Lead: Led by eight individual event wins and two relay victories, the No. 10 MIT women's outdoor track and field team earned the win at the Tufts University Quad Meet on Saturday. The Engineers finished with 212 points, followed by Tufts in second at 186 points to go along with Bates in third at 132.50 and RPI in fourth place at 122.50.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the pole vault, junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) posted the win with the No. 4 height in the nation as she cleared 12 feet, 1.5 inches. Freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif.) was second at 11 feet, 7.75 inches, along with junior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) in third at 10 feet, eight inches and Lila Wine at fifth at 10 feet, two inches.
- In the long jump, the Engineers had four in the top five as senior Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) won the event with a distance of 18 feet, six inches to post the No. 7 jump nationally. Senior Haley Strouf (Rice Lake, Wis.) was second in 18 feet, 1.75 inches, followed by freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) in fourth at 16 feet, 6.5 inches and freshman Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) in fifth at 16 feet, 4.25 inches.
- In other field action, Weeks won in a distance of 36 feet, 11.5 inches while Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) was second at 35 feet, 11.25. Freshman Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) was third in 34 feet, 1.5, followed in fifth by freshman Kailyn Bryk (Palatine, Ill.) with a leap of 33 feet, 3.25 inches.
- For the high jump, freshman Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) was third with a clearance of five feet, 0.50 inches and Reilly was fifth at four feet, 10.5 inches.
- On the track, sophomore Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) won both the 100 and 200 meters and was a member of the 4x100 team that won the event. In the 100, She crossed in 12.81 while Okonko was second in 13.12 seconds. Menkiti won the 200 in 25.80 seconds to capture the event by a .67-second margin, while Menkiti, Strouf, senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Okonkwo won the 4x100 in 49.45.
- The other MIT relay was the 4x400 that won in 4:04.26 as Kristen Frombach, sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.), sophomore Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W. Va.) and junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) won by 2.10 seconds for the No. 20 time in the nation.
- In the hurdles, Chen won the 400-meter hurdles by a 1.33-second margin in 1:04.10 while posted the No. 33 time in the country in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.37. The final two victories came in the 1,500 meters from sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) in 4:39.19 to place 17th in the nation, while freshman Dhamanpreet Kaur (Renton, Wash.) captured the 10,000 meters with a showing of 40:18.24. McPhillips was the runner-up in the 1,500 as she finished with a time of 4:39.91 and is No. 18 in the country.
- Senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) finished with a PR in the 5,000 meters at 17:09.62, which was second for the day and seventh in the country. Sophomore Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) finished third in 17:48.82, while junior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.) was third in the 400 in a time of 1:02.34
- In the 800 meters, the Engineers posted a pair of top-five finishes combined as Tregoning was second in 2:16.68 to rank No. 17 in country. She was followed in fourth by freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) as the rookie crossed in 2:19.74.
- Senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) was outstanding with victories in the discus and hammer throw and a third-place performance in the shot put. Slutsky threw 133 feet, nine inches in the discus and a throw of 164 feet, nine inches in the hammer to go along with a toss of 36 feet, 4.75 inches in the shot put. Senior Dana Balek (Boxford, Mass.) won the javelin by just three inches with a throw of 123 feet, two inches, along with a fifth-place showing from sophomore Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) in the hammer at 132 feet, seven inches.
- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers travel to the Dick Farley Invite at Williams College.