- Location: Reggie Lewis 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 NEICAAA Championship in Boston and the Cupid Challenge at Tufts University. The women placed 16th out of 27 teams at New England's with a total of 12 points as the team sent four pole vaulters to compete.
HOW IT HAPPENED AT NEICAAA's:
- In the pole vault, the Engineers placed three athletes in the top 10 as senior Kari Stromhaug (Oslo, Norway) led the way with a runner-up finish with a height of 12 feet, 5.5 inches. First-year Anais Marenco (Roswell, Ga.) placed fourth with a clearance of 12 feet, 1.5 inches, which ranks her eighth in the country. Sophomore Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) was 10th at 11 feet, 7.75 inches, followed in 16th place by Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) at 10 feet, eight inches.
HOW IT HAPPENED AT THE CUPID CHALLENGE:
- The Engineers had three victories in the meet, led by junior Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) with a time of 2:58.15 in the 1000 meters that ranks her eighth all-time on the MIT list. Senior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) captured the 600 with a time of 1:38.22, while sophomore Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) led four Engineers in the top 10 in the triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, five inches. First-year Elena Andree (San Diego, Calif.) was second in 36 feet, 0.75 inches as the leap ranks ninth on the MIT all-time list. Sophomore Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) finished third at 36 feet, followed by junior Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) in eighth at 34 feet, seven inches.
- In the mile, junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) finished second with a time of 5:10.30, which when converted to 5:07.26 ranks her 33rd nationally. Junior Tessa Weiss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and senior Darby LaPlant (Santa Clarita, Calif.) finished third and 10 in the 3,000 meters, finishing in times of 10:28.16 and 11:01.04, respectively. Junior Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W. Va.) was 10th in the 800 with a time of 2:25.81, while Lee placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.77 seconds.
- Junior Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) finished third in the weight throw and seventh in the shot put with tosses of 45 feet, 9.25 inches and 34 feet, 2.25 inches. First-year Lillian Papalia (Louisville, Kent.) was fourth in the shot put at 35 feet, 8.75 and placed sixth in the weight throw with a distance of 39 feet, eight inches.
- Sophomore Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) placed fourth in the high jump at five feet, one inch, while first-year Emily Caragay (Plymouth, Mich.) finished sixth in the pole vault with a height of 10 feet, 11.75 inches.
- In the long jump, Andree was sixth with a distance of 16 feet, 5.25 inches. Sophomore Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.) finished in the ninth in the long jump as she posted a leap of 16 feet, 3.75 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.
8. Marissa McPhillips - 4:57.64
8. Jenna Melanson - 9:54.10
10. Katie Collins - 17:19.41
19. Margaret Redfield - 5' 4.5"
- MIT returns to action next weekend as the Engineers travel to the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University on February 8th and 9th. The Engineers also host the Gordon Kelly Invitational, which takes place on Saturday, February 9th.