Trautner Leads No. 4 Women's Track and Field in Meets at BU and Tufts

MIT's Margaret Trautner running at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championship.
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THE BASICS:

- Location: Boston University Track and Tennis Center (Boston, Mass.) and the Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)

- The Lead: Over the weekend, the No. 4 MIT women's indoor track and field team competed at the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic and the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University. There were no team scores at the BU meet, while the Engineers were fourth overall out of 19 teams at Tufts with a total of 88 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED AT BU:

- Junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) led the Engineers in the 800 with a time of 2:12.89 to rank fourth all-time at MIT and currently sit at No. 4 nationally. Senior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) was right behind her in 2:13.84, which places her sixth in the country.

- Junior Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) is now fifth in the country in the 3,000 meters as she ran a time of 9:54.10 on Friday at BU. Her time was a PR by 30 seconds and is fifth on the MIT all-time list. Sophomore Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) broke through with a PR in the 5,000 as she ran 17:19.41, placing her eight in the country and eighth on the MIT all-time list.

- Junior Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) finished fifth in her heat and is now seventh in the nation in the mile with a time of 4:57.64. Junior Tessa Weiss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was eighth in her heat in the mile at BU, running 5:13.16. First-year Kira Buttrey (Herndon, Va.) performed well in the 1,000 despite her heat going out slowly, placing third in her heat with a final time of 2:59.22.

- In the pole vault, All-Americans Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and Kari Stromhaug (Oslo, Norway) competed as the duo finished third and fourth overall, respectively. Ahrens is now 11th in the country with a season-best height of 11 feet, 11.75 inches, as Stromhaug was right behind her with a height of 11 feet, 5.75 inches.

HOW IT HAPPENED AT TUFTS:

- At Tufts on Saturday, MIT had three pole vaulters score, led by a runner-up performance from first-year Anais Marenco (Roswell, Ga.). Marenco cleared a height of 11 feet, 9.75 inches and currently sits 15th on the national list. Sophomore Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) was third at 11 feet, 5.75 inches, followed by first-year Emily Caragay (Plymouth, Mich.) in eighth with a clearance of 10 feet.

- Sophomore Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) finished second in the high jump with a leap of five feet, 4.5 inches that ranks her 16th nationally. Sophomore Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) led four scorers in the triple jump with her victory as she leapt 36 feet, 8.5 inches and is No. 23 in the country. First-year Elena Andree (San Diego, Calif.) was second at 36 feet, 1.5 inches, followed in third by sophomore Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) with a jump of 36 feet, 0.25 inches. Junior Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) scored in fifth at 34 feet, 5.75 inches, while sophomore Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.) placed ninth at 33 feet, 5.25 inches.

- Junior Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W. Va.) finished second in the 800 meters, while first-year Yilinn Yang (Ardsley, N.Y.) was the runner-up in the long jump. Brooks ran a time of 2:23.22, while Yang posted a jump of 16 feet, 10.75. Andree was close behind in third in the long jump, posting a distance of 16 feet, 8.5 inches.

- Junior Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) was fourth in the weight throw with a throw of 46 feet, 7.5 inches. Senior Darby LaPlant (Santa Clarita, Calif.) scored in the 5,000 with a time of 19:11.56 to place eighth, while Lee was fifth in the 60-meter hurdles with a final time of 9.68 seconds. Sophomore Gabrielle Enns (Chandler, Ariz.) placed 10th in the 3,000 meters, running 10:55.92.

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.

800m
4. Margaret Trautner - 2:12.89
6. Bailey Tregoning - 2:13.84

Mile
7. Marissa McPhillips - 4:57.64

3,000m
5. Jenna Melanson - 9:54.10

5,000m
8. Katie Collins - 17:19.41

High Jump
16. Margaret Redfield - 5' 4.5"

Pole Vault
6. Kari Stromhaug - 12' 1.5"
11. Jacqueline Ahrens - 11' 11.75"
15. Anais Marenco - 11' 9.75"

UP NEXT:  

- MIT returns to action on February 1-2 at the NEICAAA Indoor Championship, which is being held this year at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

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