Distance Medley Relay Leads No. 4 Women's Track and Field With Top Time in the Nation

Photo by Malcolm Slaney
Photo by Malcolm Slaney

THE BASICS:

- Location: Boston University Track and Tennis Center (Boston, Mass.) and the Johnson Athletic Center (Cambridge, Mass.)

- The Lead: Led by the top time in the country by a nine-second margin from the distance medley relay team, the No. 4 MIT women's indoor track and field team competed at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational and the Gordon Kelly Invitational.

HOW IT HAPPENED AT THE DAVID HEMERY VALENTINE INVITATIONAL:

- On Saturday in the distance medley relay, the team of Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas), Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.), Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) and Marissa McPhillips Narragansett, R.I.) placed sixth of 12 in the first heat in 11:41.25. The time was sixth overall at the meet and is the No. 5 all-time performance in MIT history.

- Trautner won her heat in the 1,000 and was 30th overall out of 100 runners with a time of 2:54.92. The time gave her the school record by .05 seconds and was .59 seconds ahead of the runner-up in the heat. First-year Kira Buttrey (Herndon, Va.) was sixth in her heat, crossing in 3:02.37.

- Sophomore Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) was seventh of 25 in her heat with a personal-best time of 17:01.78 that placed her 19th out of 62 runners overall. With a final lap of 39.056 seconds, Collins posted the No. 4 time in MIT history and is currently eighth in the nation. Junior Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) was 12th in the same heat and 25th overall, running a PR of 17:21.95 to rank 19th in the country.

- McPhillips placed seventh in her heat and was 38th out of 197 runners in the mile as she ran a personal-best of 4:55.05. Her time is fourth all-time in MIT history and is currently ranked sixth nationally. Junior Tessa Weiss (Scottsdale, Ariz.) placed fourth in heat in the mile, running a personal-best time of 5:09.71.

- Ishamuddin was third in her heat in the 400 meters in 1:00.06, ranking her eighth all-time at MIT. Senior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.) placed fifth in her heat, crossing in 1:01.94. Tregoning crossed in fifth in her heat of the 800 meters with a time of 2:15.10 to place 47th overall out of 196 competitors.

HOW IT HAPPENED AT THE GORDON KELLY INVITATIONAL:

- The Engineers picked up four event victories, including a sweep of the top five spots in the pole vault. Senior Kari Stromhaug (Oslo, Norway) won the event with a height of 11 feet, 11.75 inches as she was followed by first-year Anais Marenco (Roswell, Ga.) and sophomore Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) in second and third at 11 feet, 5.75 inches. Sophomore Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) placed fourth at 10 feet, 11.75 inches, while first-year Emily Caragay (Plymouth, Mich.) was fifth with a clearance of 10 feet, six inches.

- Junior Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) won the weight throw at 48 feet, 7.25 inches and was 10th in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, 11.75 inches. First-year Lillian Papalia (Louisville, Ky.) posted a fifth-place showing in the shot at 35 feet, 1.25 inches to go along with a 13th-place finish in the weight throw at 37 feet, eight inches.

- Senior Darby LaPlant (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and junior Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W.Va.) picked up victories in the 5,000 meters and the 800 meters with times of 19:02.34 and 2:23.23, respectively. First-year Claire Melvin (Ithaca, N.Y.) crossed in third in the 600 at 1:45.74, while sophomore Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) was fourth in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 9.69 seconds. In the 60 meters, first-year Megan Su (Jericho, N.Y.) finished in eighth place, crossing in 8.32 seconds.

- In the high jump, sophomore Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) finished in third with a height of five feet, three inches. First-year Yilinn Yang (Ardsley, N.Y.) placed fifth in the triple jump as she posted a distance of 34 feet, 9.75 inches. In the long jump, Su was eighth with a leap of 16 feet, 8.5 inches, while Ahrens finished in 10th place at 15 feet, 9.75 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.

Distance Medley Relay
1. Trautner, Ishamuddin, Tregoning, McPhillips - 11:41.25

800m
7. Margaret Trautner - 2:12.89
9. Bailey Tregoning - 2:13.84

Mile
6. Marissa McPhillips - 4:55.05

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

5,000m
8. Katie Collins - 17:01.78
19. Jenna Melanson - 17:21.95

Pole Vault
5. Kari Stromhaug - 12' 5.5"
12. Anais Marenco - 12' 1.5"

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action next weekend as the Engineers travel to the Springfield College Invitational on Saturday, February 16th. That meet is slated to begin at Noon.

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