Women's Track and Field Posts Seven Top-25 Marks at Sean Collier and Larry Ellis Invitationals

Women's Track and Field Posts Seven Top-25 Marks at Sean Collier and Larry Ellis Invitationals


- Location: Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track (Cambridge, Mass.) and Weaver Stadium (Princeton, N.J.)

- The Lead: Led by a school-record in the hammer throw from senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.), the No. 13 MIT women's track and field team hosted the Sean Collier Invitational on Saturday in Cambridge. The team also sent a group of runners to the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton on Friday.

Larry Ellis Invitational

- On Friday, senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii) was the story at the Larry Ellis Invitational as she won the 10,000 meters by just under two minutes in a time of 35:27.11. The time was No. 2 in MIT history and currently the seventh fastest in the country this season.

- All-American sophomore Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) posted a time of 10:54.33 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which is currently 12th nationally. Freshman Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) crossed in 2:15 in the 800 meters, which is No. 15 in the country and places her second among freshmen.

- In the 1,500, sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) finished in a time of 4:38.23 to rank 23rd in the country, while sophomore Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) is 28th as she crossed in 4:38.85. McPhillips also ran the 800 in a time of 2:16.50.

Sean Collier Invitational

- In the final event of the meet, Slutsky broke the school record set a year ago by Jackie Vahey `17 with her throw of 182 feet, 4.5 inches. The throw won the event by 16 feet, six inches and currently ranks Slutsky fourth in the country.

- In the 800 meters, junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) led the way with a winning time of 2:14.17 that is ranked 11th nationally. Sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) was second in 2:15.30, which is No. 21 in the nation, while sophomore Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) crossed in fifth at 2:18.48. 

- In the pole vault, junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) finished in second with a height of 12 feet, 1.5 inches. Freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and junior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) tied for third at 11 feet, 1.75 inches and freshman Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) placed fifth at 10 feet, two inches.

- In addition to winning the hammer, Slutsky also took the discus with a toss of 140 feet, one inch. Sophomore Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) was third in the discus with a distance of 118 feet, 9.5 inches. In the javelin, senior Dana Balek (Boxford, Mass.) finished in third with a throw of 115 feet, five inches.

- In the triple jump, freshman Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) won the event with a leap of 37 feet, 0.5 inches to defeat runner-up Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) by just an inch and a half as she jumped 36 feet, 11 inches.

- Junior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.) was second in the 400 meters in 1:00.92, while freshman Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) was fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.75) and fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:11.92).


- MIT is back in action next weekend on Saturday, April 28th as the Engineers travel to the NEWMAC Championship for a 10:30 a.m. start at Springfield College.


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