Women's Track and Field Earns Three New England D3 Individual Titles, Places Second Overall

Photo by Frank Poulin
Photo by Frank Poulin

THE BASICS:

- Location: Lee Track (Williamstown, Mass.)

- The Lead: At the Division III New England Championship, the MIT women's track and field team finished second overall with a total of 101.5 points. The Engineers, who claimed three individual New England D3 titles, had three top-20 national marks in the three-day meet and were just 9.5 points back of No. 5 ranked Williams College. The top eight performers in each event earned D3 All-New England honors.

HOW IT HAPPENED ON FRIDAY:

- MIT was in fourth after day one as the Engineers had a total of 11 points.

- Junior Folusho Jebutu (Richmond, Texas) was fifth in the hammer throw with a throw of 151 feet, followed in sixth place by junior Elise McCormack (Wells, Maine) with a distance of 148 feet, seven inches. The Engineers also had two All-New England athletes in the long jump as first-year Yilinn Yang (Ardsley, N.Y.) was sixth at 17 feet, eight inches and sophomore Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) placed eighth with a jump of 17 feet.

- In the 100-meter prelims, junior Michelle Menkiti (Houston, Texas) qualified in seventh place as she was second in heat two in 12.47 seconds.

HOW IT HAPPENED ON SATURDAY:

- Senior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) improved on her 800-meter time and is now sixth in the nation after finishing second in 2:11.29. Junior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) was fifth in the race, crossing in 2:13.63. Trautner also picked up a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:38.23.

- In the pole vault, senior Kari Stromhaug (Oslo, Norway) led four Engineers in the top eight as she won the event with a season-best height of 12 feet, 4.75 inches to rank No. 10 in the country. Sophomore Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) was fifth at 11 feet, 6.25 inches, followed by senior Makenzie Patarino (Lakewood, Colo.) and first-year Anais Marenco (Roswell, Ga.) in seventh and eighth with the same clearance of 11 feet, 0.25 inches.

- Sophomore Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) powered to the win in the 5,000 meters by a 26-second margin as she is now ranked 18th nationally at 17:18.59. Junior Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) earned her third straight New England D3 steeplechase championship, crossing in a time of 10:56.47. 

- In the triple jump, first-year Elena Andree (San Diego, Calif.) led three Engineers in the top eight as she was third with a jump of 38 feet, two inches. Sophomore Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) was sixth at 37 feet, 5.75 inches, with sophomore Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) placing seventh at 37 feet, 4.5 inches.

- In other field action, Jebutu placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 123 feet, seven inches and Reilly was fifth in the high jump with a height of five feet, 2.25 inches.

- Menkiti earned All-New England honors in both the 100 and 200-meter events, crossing in 25.36 seconds to finish fourth in the 200 and sixth in the 100 with a time of 12.36 seconds in the final.

- In the relays, the Engineers scored in both the 4x400 and 4x800 events. In the 4x800, the team of junior Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.), Trautner, junior Skylar Brooks (Morgantown, W.Va.) and Tregoning finished third in 9:21.69. The Engineers were seventh in the 4x400 with first-year Claire Melvin (Ithaca, N.Y.), sophomore Sarah Ishamuddin (Grayslake, Ill.), senior Kristen Frombach (Lumberton, N.J.) and Menkiti crossing at 3:58.17.

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
6. Bailey Tregoning - 2:11.29
18. Margaret Trautner - 2:13.61

5,000m
18. Katie Collins - 17:18.59

3,000m Steeplechase
5. Jenna Melanson - 10:47.87

Pole Vault
10. Kari Stromhaug - 12' 4.75"

UP NEXT:

- MIT continues its championship season as the Engineers travel to the NEICAAA Outdoor Championship on May 9-11 at Southern Connecticut State University.

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