- Location: Farley Fieldhouse at Bowdoin College - (Brunswick, Maine.)
- The Lead: Led by five event wins and three top-10 national marks, the No. 4 ranked MIT women's indoor track and field team won the Bowdoin Invitational II on Saturday with a total of 170 points. Bowdoin was second at 131 points, followed closely by Tufts with 129.5 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Senior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) won the 800 in 2:18.77 and she was followed in second by junior Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) at 2:19.18. Tregoning ranks eighth nationally with a converted time of 2:17.19, while McPhillips is 10th in the country at a converted time of 2:17.60.
- First-year Kira Buttrey (Herndon, Va.) placed third in the mile in 5:08.67 and is currently 10th in the country with a converted time of 5:05.65. Sophomore Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) followed in fourth place and is 14th nationally in a converted time of 5:06.88.
- Junior Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) is 14th nationally with a converted time of 17:51.31 in the 3,000 meters as she picked up the win on Saturday. She finished the race with a time of 17:59.51 on the flat track at Bowdoin.
- Senior Kari Stromhaug (Oslo, Norway) captured the pole vault with a clearance of 11 feet, 11.75 inches. Sophomore Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) was second with a height of 10 feet, 11.75 inches as both are currently ranked in the top 12 in the country.
- MIT won two relays on Saturday, earning victories in the 4x200 and 4x800. The Engineers finished in 1:49.38 in the 4x200, along with a time of 9:46.19 in the 4x800. The 4x200 team consisted of Yilinn Yang (Ardsley, N.Y.), Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.), Elena Andree (San Diego, Calif.) and Tregoning, while the 4x800 was run by Buttrey, McPhillips, Collins and junior Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.).
- Junior Tessa Weiss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished second and is 17th in the country as she finished the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:19.44. Her time was converted to 10:14.18 for the national rankings list.
- In the triple jump, sophomores Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) and Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) placed second and third, respectively, as both jumped 36 feet, 0.25 inches and are ranked 30th in the country.
- Sophomore Tema Nwana (Fairfax, Va.) was second in the long jump by 0.25 inches as she jumped 16 feet, 11.25 inches. Yang was third with an identical leap of 16 feet, 11.25 inches. In the high jump, sophomore Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) placed second at five feet, three inches, while junior Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) finished second in the weight throw at 45 feet, 1.75 inches.
TOP-20 NCAA RANKINGS:
- Below are the current top-20 rankings for the Engineers, from meets up to this point in the season as listed at www.tfrrs.org.
15. Michelle Menkiti 7.90
14. Jenna Melanson 17:51.31
- MIT returns to action on January 25-26 as the Engineers compete at the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University and the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University.