No. 4 Engineers Down Bates and Colby in Home Meet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4 MIT women’s track and field team hosted its first outdoor meet of the spring on Saturday and picked up wins over visiting Bates and Colby Colleges, the 10th and 6th ranked teams in New England, respectively. The Engineers were victorious in every track event en route to the 167-129 win over second-place Bates. Colby finished with a total of 109 points.

Hazel Briner was the busiest competitor of the day for the Cardinal and Gray, competing in seven events and earning a team-best 22 points. The junior won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.96 seconds and finished seventh in the 200m. Briner also competed in five different field events, earning top-three finishes in the high jump (4-9.00 feet), pole vault (10-10.00 feet) and shot put (36-2.25 feet) while she had solid efforts in the long jump (15-4.00 feet) and javelin (85-0.00 feet). 

Briner was one of four Tech runners in the top seven of the 200, as teammate Martha Gross (25.78) and Jamie Simmons (26.09) went one-two in that event and Margaret Leibovic followed in fourth place. Simmons and Gross then flipped positions in the 400, with Simmons getting the better of her teammate, finishing in 57.95 seconds, as both runners set new personal bests.

Gross and Simmons were also part of MIT’s two winning relay squads, the 4x100 and 4x400-meter quartets. Leibovic and Portia Jones ran the other two legs of the 4x100 relay that finished with a strong time of 49.68. Kirsten Aarsvold and Jacqui Wentz then joined Gross and Simmons in the 4x400, beating out the Bates squad by over six seconds, finishing in 4:03.18.

Jones had a couple of impressive individual performances of her own, as the sophomore won the 100-meter dash and the 400 IH while finishing second in the high jump. Competing in the 100m for the first time, Jones set a new program record in the event with her time of 12.63 seconds. The previous Institute standard had stood for over 10 years. Leibovic took second in the 100m with a time of 12.95 seconds. Jones also achieved a personal best in the high jump by clearing 5-1.00 feet before returning to the track to win the 400 hurdles in 1:07.08.

Tech’s other winners on the track included Alicia Kaestli (2:21.81) in the 800m, Tania Morimoto (18:19.03) in the 5000, Margaret Lloyd in the Steeplechase, with a time of 11:55.53 and Wentz, who returned to win the 1500 in 4:47.40.

Perhaps the most impressive overall performance belonged to the Tech pole vaulters, who swept the top six positions and earned all the available points in that event. Karin Fisher led the way with a vault of 11-3.75 feet. Briner was second and Lauren Kuntz (10-4.00 feet), Caroline Figgatt (10-4.00), Leslie Meyer (8-10.25) and Lynn Jepsen (8-10.25) followed.

The Engineers will host its Spring Invitational next weekend, beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday April 17. That will be the final competition before the post-season events get underway the following week with the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.