Women's Track and Field Outlasts RPI and WPI at Engineer's Cup

Women's Track and Field Outlasts RPI and WPI at Engineer's Cup

April 5, 2009


WORCESTER, Mass. – The MIT women’s track and field team needed to wait until the final event of the day, the pole vault, to clinch a thrilling win over RPI and host WPI at the Engineer’s Cup on Saturday. The Engineers swept the top three in the vault to hold of RPI, 146-135. The host team, WPI, finished third with 87 points.

With the Cardinal and Grey trailing by three points entering the final event, Karin Fisher, Emily Hwang and Hazel Briner grabbed the top three spots in the pole vault push Tech ahead of RPI.

MIT displayed great depth in the rest of the meet, winning a total of 12 of the day’s 19 events. Jacqui Wentz had one of the strongest showings in the 1500m, setting a new school record with a time of 4:40.10. Portia Jones swept the 200 and 400 meter races with times of 27.01 and 1:01.15 respectively. Andrea Bradshaw led from wire to wire in the 800m before winning by over three seconds (2:21.72). In her debut intercollegiate meet, freshman Jamie Simmons won the 400 meter hurdles in 1:06.43.

Tech’s other event winners on the track were Liz Labuz (12:19.70) in the 3000m Steeplechase and Alina Gatowski (18:45.58) in the 5000. Hazel Briner in the javelin and Amy Magnuson in the long jump also earned first-place points in the field events.

The Engineers also swept the relays with a time of 51.93 in the 4x100 and 4:07.30 in the 4x400.

Next weekend, MIT will travel to Colby College to take on the host Mules, as well as Bates and Southern Maine.