Five National Qualifying Performances Highlight Women’s Track & Field Home Meet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 3 ranked MIT women's track and field team welcomed Williams and Coast Guard to the Shobrys and Aronson Track over the weekend. While the Engineers were not able to match the depth of Williams, falling 208-132, a number of athletes recorded some very impressive individual performances. Five different NCAA Provisional qualifying marks were met, in addition to a new Institute record, set by Jacqui Wentz.

Wentz's record-breaking performance came in the mile, which she finished in 4:59.87, nearly a half-second better than her own previous standard. Teammate Brooke Johnson was just behind her, running 5:00.51, which is now the third-best time in the event in program history and shatters the previous rookie record by over nine seconds. Both Wentz's and Johnson's times were good enough to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championship and are currently the fifth and sixth-best in the country.

Portia Jones also had a pair of Provisional marks and season bests in the 55-meter hurdles and 400m. Jones beat out Elise Johnson of Williams in the hurdles, finishing in 8.26 seconds, which currently gives the sophomore the third-best time in Division III this season. Jones also had a strong showing in the 400, finishing in 57.71 seconds, just 0.14 seconds behind Hillary Higgs of Williams. That time is also good for third in the country. Jones also picked up a win at 200 meters with a time of 25.67 seconds, besting Higgs in that event.

Karin Fisher accounted for the other Provisional mark in the pole vault, as MIT had the top six finishers in that event. Fisher cleared 11-10.00 feet, a personal-record and the third best in program history. She is currently 12th on the Division III performance list.

Johnson also put up an impressive time in the 1000m, winning the race in 3:02.99, nearly four seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Jamie Simmons (1:37.03) in the 600, Alina Gatowski (10:31.40) in the 3000 and Tania Morimoto (18:35.10) at 5000 meters, also picked up wins for the Cardinal and Gray.

Tech will host its second of two Indoor Coed Invites next weekend while also sending athletes to Boston University to compete in the Valentine's Invitational.