Jones, Bumgarner Help Women’s Track & Field Start Season off on the Right Foot

LEWISTON, Maine – Returning to action after ending 2010 as one of the top overall programs in the country, the MIT women's track and field team picked up where it left off, registering a pair of dominant wins over Bates College and Colby College on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers, who earned top 10 finishes at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division III Championships a year ago, outscored runner-up Bates, 216.5-85.5 while Colby was third with 76 points.

Portia Jones led the way for the Cardinal and Gray, who won 13 out of 18 events. Jones was the first across the finish line in the 55-meter dash, the 55-meter hurdles and the 200 meters. Jones' time of 8.60 seconds in the 55HH was just 0.05 seconds off the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.

Karin Fisher cleared 12-2.00 feet in the pole vault to win the event and achieve the NCAA provisional qualification. Hazel Briner was second in the event with a 11-7.75 foot vault and Lauren Kuntz (11-1.00 feet) took third. Briner would also take first in the long jump (16-6.50 feet).

In her first varsity collegiate competition, Megan Bumgarner, earned a surprise victory in the high jump, tying the MIT record with a leap of 5-1.75 feet. Jacqueline Brew (34-5.50 feet) and Amy Magnuson (34-1.50) swept the top two spots in the triple jump, as Magnuson, the former All-American, returned after missing all of 2010 with an injury.

Briner, Magnuson and Brew combined with Jones and Jaclyn Konopka to sweep the top five of the 55-meter hurdles as well.

Other individual event wins were provided by Bumgarner (1:03.76) in the 400 meters, Jamie Simmons (1:42.64) in the 600, Anna Holt-Gosselin (5:19.59) in the mile and Alina Gatowski (10:29.67) in the 3000 meters.

Tech also swept the relays, taking first in the 4x400 (4:16.74), 4x200 (1:54.46) and Distance Medley Relay (13:10.08).

The Engineers will return to action at next weekend's Springfield College Invitational on Saturday, January 22 beginning at 12:30 p.m.