No. 11 Engineers Capture Eight Events and Post Four Top-15 Marks Nationally in Home Quad Meet

No. 11 Engineers Capture Eight Events and Post Four Top-15 Marks Nationally in Home Quad Meet

- Location: Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track (Cambridge, Mass.)

- The Lead: With eight event wins and four top-15 marks nationally, the No. 11 ranked MIT women's track and field team finished second on Saturday in a quad meet with Tufts, RPI and Bates. Tufts took the meet with 198 points, followed closely by MIT at 194, RPI at 138 and Bates with 134.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Junior Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) took control from the start in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and ran the No. 3 time nationally at 10:52.22. Sophomore Gabrielle Enns (Chandler, Ariz.) finished fourth in the event as she crossed in 12:09.61. Senior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) posted the No. 4 time in the country in the 800 meters as she won by nearly six seconds at 2:12.86. Both Melanson and Tregoning lead the NEWMAC with their times.

- Sophomore Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) led four Engineers in the top five in the triple jump as she won the event with league-best mark of 37 feet, 10 inches that has her 13th in the country. Sophomore Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) was second at 36 feet, 5.5 inches, along with Elena Andree (San Diego, Calif.) in third with the same distance and junior Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) fifth at 34 feet, seven inches.

- Juniors Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) and Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) finished second and third, respectively, in the 1,500 meters with times of 4:38.25 and 4:40.76. Trautner is currently 14th in the country with that time.

- Junior Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) was a double-winner in the 100 and 200 meters. After a time of 12.43 seconds in the 100, she posted the top time in the NEWMAC in the 200, crossing in 25.81 seconds. Sophomore Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.) was third in the 200 at 26.63 seconds. 

- First-year Claire Melvin (Ithaca, N.Y.) won the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.17, followed in fourth by Melanson at 1:09.29. The Engineers also had two in the top of the 100-meter hurdles with Lee in third at 15.77 seconds and Weeks in fifth at 17.29.

- In the pole vault, senior Kari Stromhaug (Oslo, Norway) led four Engineers in the top five with a winning height of 11 feet. 9.75 inches. Senior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) was third, along with a tie for fourth by first-year Emily Caragay (Plymouth, Mich.) and sophomore Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) as all three cleared 10 feet, six inches.

- In the relays, the Engineers captured the 4x100 in 49.85 seconds and ran the fastest time in the NEWMAC in the 4x400 to finish second in 4:02.36.

- Junior Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) had a pair of runner-up finishes as she competed in both the hammer and discus. She posted a throw of 147 feet, eight inches in the hammer to go along with her distance of 116 feet, seven inches in the discus. Andree was second in the long jump at 16 feet, 9.25 and was followed in fourth by sophomore Tema Nwana (Fairfax, Va.) with a leap of 16 feet, 6.5 inches. Sophomore Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) was also second in the high jump as she cleared five feet, three 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.

800m
4. Bailey Tregoning - 2:12.86

1,500m
14. Margaret Trautner - 4:38.25

3,000m Steeplechase
3. Jenna Melanson - 10:52.22

Pole Vault
10. Kari Stromhaug - 12' 1.5"

Triple Jump
13. Lucy Lee - 37' 10"
17. Yilinn Yang - 37' 5"

UP NEXT:  

- MIT continues its home schedule on Saturday, April 13th as the Engineers host No. 2 ranked Williams College for a dual meet.

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