No. 6 Women's Track and Field Competes at Tufts, National Entrants Set for Next Weekend

MIT's Jacqueline Ahrens running down the runway preparing to pole vault.

THE BASICS:

- Location: The Gantcher Center (Tufts University - Medford, Mass.)

- The Lead: On Saturday at the Tufts University Last Chance Qualifier, No. 6 MIT women's track and field had six individuals compete as this marks the last competition before next week's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship. Overall, MIT has eight individuals entered for next week's championship, along with the distance medley relay team.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- First-year Anais Marenco (Roswell, Ga.) solidified her position at nationals in the pole vault as he finished second with a personal best of 12 feet, 2.5 inches. Sophomore Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) was sixth in the event, clearing a height of 11 feet, 4.5 inches.

- Triple Jump sophomore Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) and sophomore Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) finished third and fourth, respectively. Lee posted a leap of 36 feet, 9.75 inches and Weeks jumped 36 feet, 4.75 inches. In the high jump, sophomore Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) placed fifth overall with a height of five feet, three inches.

- On the track, sophomore Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) finished ninth in the 800 meters, crossing in a time of 2:19.70.

TOP-20 NCAA RANKINGS:

- Below are the final top-20 entries for the Engineers, as listed on www.ncaa.com for the final national qualifiers list.

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

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

Mile
6. Marissa McPhillips - 4:55.05

3,000m
5. Jenna Melanson - 9:49.47

5,000m
6. Katie Collins - 16:46.11

Pole Vault
9. Kari Stromhaug - 12' 5.5"
16. Anais Marenco - 12' 2.5"
20. Jacqueline Ahrens 12' 2"

UP NEXT:

- MIT wraps up the 2019 indoor season on March 8-9 at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship, which will take place at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

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