- Location: Sherie and Don (1961) Morrison Track (Cambridge, Mass.) and Weaver Stadium (Princeton, N.J.)
- The Lead: On Saturday, the No. 12 ranked MIT women's track and field team competed at the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton and hosted the Sean Collier Invitational in Cambridge.
HOW IT HAPPENED AT THE LARRY ELLIS INVITATIONAL AT PRINCETON:
- In the 800 meters, senior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) ran a season-best 2:12.34 to finish 26th overall in the Elite heat. Junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) was 35th in that heat, running a time of 2:13.61 that was her season-best by nearly three seconds. Junior Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) came into the meet ranked fourth nationally in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and ran her season-best by over four seconds with a time of 10:47.87. Melanson finished behind three Division I runners and three professionals.
HOW IT HAPPENED AT THE SEAN COLLIER INVITATIONAL AT MIT:
- At the Collier Invitational, the Engineers captured four events overall. Sophomore Gabrielle Enns (Chandler, Ariz.) started the meet with a win in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as she crossed in 12:06.37. Junior Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) placed first in the discus with a throw of 119 feet, two inches and was followed in sixth by first-year Lillian Papalia (Louisville, Ky.) with a toss of 96 feet, nine inches. Papalia was fourth in the shot put at 35 feet, 8.5 inches, with Folusho seventh at 34 feet, 0.75 inches. Folusho wrapped up her meet in third in the hammer with a throw of 153 feet, five inches and junior Savannah Inglin (Olympia, Wash.) was 10th at 125 feet, seven inches.
- The Engineers dominated the pole vault with six top-10 performers, led by All-American Kari Stromhaug (Oslo, Norway) in second at 12 feet, 3.5 inches. First-year Anais Marenco (Roswell, Ga.) finished third at 11 feet, 7.75 inches, followed by sophomore Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) and first-year Emily Caragay (Plymouth, Mich.) in fifth and seventh with identical heights of 10 feet, eight inches. Senior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) and sophomore Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) both cleared 10 feet, two inches as the duo was ninth and 10th, respectively.
- First-year Claire Melvin (Ithaca, N.Y.) captured the 400-meter hurdles in 1:06.63, while sophomore Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) won the triple jump at 37 feet, 10 inches. Junior Jasmine Jin (Fanchang, China) was sixth in the triple jump as she posted a leap of 34 feet, 7.75 inches.
- Junior Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) made her 2019 outdoor debut as she was second in the 1,500 meters in a time of 5:01.99. First-year Einat Gavish (Newton, Mass.) finished second in the 5,000 meters at 19:57, while sophomore Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) was the runner-up in the high jump at five feet, 4.25 inches.
- Senior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.) finished third in the 400 at 1:02.23, while first-year Anna Landler (Ridgefield, Conn.) was seventh in 1:04.22. Sophomore Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at 16.24 seconds, along with a ninth-place finish in the 800 by junior Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W. Va.) with a time of 2:27.74. Sophomore Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) also finished in the top 10 as she was eighth in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 0.5 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.
4. Jenna Melanson - 10:47.87
18. Kari Stromhaug - 12' 1.5"
17. Lucy Lee - 37' 10"
- MIT is in action at the NEWMAC Championship on Saturday, April 27th as that meet begins at 10:30 a.m. at Springfield College. The Engineers enter the meet as the 10-time defending NEWMAC Champions.