No. 6 Women's Track and Field Places Second at New England D3 Indoor Championships

No. 6 Women's Track and Field Places Second at New England D3 Indoor Championships

THE BASICS:

- Location: Farley Fieldhouse at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine_

- The Lead: With 87.5 points over the two-day event at Bowdoin College, the No. 6 MIT women's track and field team placed second at the 2019 New England Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship. The Engineers defeated four top-30 nationally ranked teams at the meet (No. 12 Coast Guard, No. 22 WPI, No. 23 Rhode Island College, No. 27 Bates and No. 28 Wesleyan).

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

- On day one, the Engineers had four student-athletes in the top eight of the pole vault as the team picked up 13.5 points in the event. Sophomore Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) placed third with a vault of 12 feet, two inches with Kari Stromhaug (Oslo, Norway) clearing 11 feet, eight inches to finish second. First-year Anais Marenco (Roswell, Ga.) tied for sixth at 11 feet, 2.25 and sophomore Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) placed eighth with an identical height. 

- In the 5,000 meters, sophomore Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) and junior Jenna Melanson (La Center, Wash.) claimed 14 points by placing second and third in times of 16:53.81 and 17:15.88, respectively.

- The Engineers also earned points in the distance medley relay and the 4x200, led by a runner-up race from the DMR. The team of junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas), senior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.), senior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) and junior Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) crossed in second to post a time of 11:50.89.

- In the 4x200, the relay squad of sophomore Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.), first-year Elena Andree (San Diego, Calif.), first-year Yilinn Yang (Ardsley, N.Y.) and junior Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) was eighth as the squad earned one point with a final time of 11:50.89.

- On day two, the 4x800 team capped off the meet with a winning time of 9:15.59 to win by nearly 10 seconds as that team consisted of Trautner, McPhillips, sophomore Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) and Tregoning.

- Collins and Melanson were excellent in the 3,000 meters as well with nine total points as the duo ran 9:49.66 and 9:54.52, respectively. Trautner was second in the 1,000 meters with a time of 2:55.85 to go along with McPhillips in fifth at 2:56.53. McPhillips was also sixth in the mile in 5:03.23 and Tregoning ended up in fourth in the 800 meters in 2:15.44.

- In the triple jump, sophomore Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) led three Engineers in the top eight with a fourth-place finish at 36 feet, 9.5 inches. Sophomore Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) leapt 36 feet, 5.75 inches in sixth and Andree was in seventh, scoring two points with a distance of 35 feet, 11.5 inches. Junior Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) earned two points on the day as well, finishing seventh in the weight throw with a distance of 48 feet, 11 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
11. Margaret Trautner - 2:12.89
14. Bailey Tregoning - 2:13.84

Mile
8. Marissa McPhillips - 4:55.05

3,000m
8. Katie Collins - 9:44.65
12. Jenna Melanson - 9:49.47 

5,000m
9. Katie Collins - 16:46.11
19. Jenna Melanson - 17:08.01

Pole Vault
8. Kari Stromhaug - 12' 5.5"
13. Jacqueline Ahrens 12' 2"
14. Anais Marenco - 12' 1.5"

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action on Saturday, March 2nd as the Engineers will compete in the Tufts Final Qualifier. That will be the final competition before the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship, which will take place on March 8-9 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

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