January 22, 2011

Engineers Take First Among Competitive Field at Springfield Invite

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The MIT women's track and field squad picked up its second straight team win to start the season behind a breakout performance by freshman Louise van den Heuvel. The Engineers were winners of eight events on their way to a total of 206.5 points, beating out Tufts, which finished with 139.5.  

van den Heuvel keyed the Cardinal and Gray to impressive showings in the 1000 meters as well as the mile, as the freshman was the first across the finish in both events. In the 1000, van den Heuvel led a sweep of the top three by MIT, finishing with a time of 3:07.23. Teammates Andrea Nickerson (3:10.28) and Alina Gatowski (3:12.18) were close behind. In the mile, Tech harriers accounted for four of the top five finishers, with van den Heuvel winning the race by nearly four seconds, in 5:15.96. Olivia Papa, Nickerson and Gatowski came in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Karin Fisher helped the Engineers earn quality points in the pole vault, as she set a new program record with a vault of 12-7.50 feet. Hazel Briner was second, clearing 12-3.50 feet while Lauren Kuntz was fifth and Becky Stavely sixth.

Papa was a winner in the 800 with a time of 2:27.80, in addition to her third place in the mile. Jamie Simmons (1:40.22) picked up a win in the 600m, as did Portia Jones (25.93) at 200 meters.

Tech's 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams also earned first-place points on the day while the 4x200 squad came in third.

MIT will host a Coed Invitational next Saturday, January 29 while also competing in the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Friday and Saturday.