Engineers Earn Fourth At Tufts Invitational

Engineers Earn Fourth At Tufts Invitational

Feb. 6, 2006


MEDFORD, Mass. - The women's track team placed fourth of 19 teams on Saturday at the Tufts Indoor Invitational. The Engineers did not win any events but had a solid day overall and finished with 53 points. The host Jumbos won the invitational with 157 points, while UMass Lowell was close behind with 153. MIT did notch a few second place finishes on the day.

Freshman Jennifer Doyle placed second in the 5000 meter run with a time of 18:43.22. Ithaca senior Anastasia Kasianchuk completed the 5k run in 18:34.30. Sophomore Lauren McCarthy also placed in the event, finishing 6th.

Sophomore Aline Thomas nabbed second place in the weight throw. Her toss of 14.04 meters was shy of the 15.68 meter heave by Worcester State's Nicole McKeon. Thomas also picked up points in the shot put with a seventh place finish.

The 4x800 meter relay was another bright spot for MIT. The Engineers finished the race in 9:51.30, good enough for fourth place. The Jumbos were victorious in the relay with a final time of 9:36.47.

The highlight event of the day for the Engineers was the pole vault. Junior Christine Fanchiang and freshman Emily Hwang finished second and third with vaults of 3.22 and 2.92 meters. Only senior Jane Farrell of Brandeis bested MIT's duo with a 3.59 meter mark.

In addition to the eight points she earned in the pole vault, Fanchiang garnered one in the 55 meter hurdles and one in the long jump. She placed eight in both events.

Junior Rachel Niehuus (800 meter run), sophomore Leanne Veldhuis (400 meter run) and freshman Elizabeth Finn (1 mile run) each contributed three points for MIT with six place finishes. Freshman Adrienne Bolger was right behind Finn in the one mile run and took seventh place.

The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, February 11 when they host the Coed Invitational. The competition will begin at 12:00 p.m.