Jones’ Big Day Leads Women’s Track and Field over Williams and Moravian
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Portia Jones put on a dominant performance, winning four individual events and accounting for 32.25 points, to help MIT defeat Williams College and Moravian College in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon. Three Institute records fell during the meet as Tech's total of 186.50 points outscored second place Williams, which had 139.
Jones picked up wins in the 55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles, 200m and 400m while taking third in the high jump. The junior All-America was also part of the 4x400m relay that placed second. In the 55HH, Jones beat teammate Hazel Briner to the finish by two-tenths of a second, achieving the NCAA Provisional qualifying standard in the process, with a time of 8.47 seconds. Briner's time was a new personal best in the event. Jones followed that up by breaking the MIT record in the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.37 seconds. Just 0.02 seconds separated Jones from runner-up Tanasia Hoffler of Williams.
Jones rounded out her busy day on the track with wins in the 200 (26.33) and 400 meters (1:00.41) before taking part in the 4x400 relay that finished in 4:18.29.
Briner was a winner in the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-2.25 feet to set a new Institute record in the process. Megan Bumgarner (4-11.75) was second while Jones took fourth with a jump of 4-9.75 feet.
Karin Fisher continued to rewrite the MIT record book, besting her own mark in the pole vault, set just two weeks ago. Fisher cleared a height of 12-9.50 feet, two inches better than her previous best and good for an automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Louise van den Heuvel continued to show great potential in the distance events, as the freshman won for the third and fourth time in her young career, taking first in both the 800m (2:24.76) and the mile (5:13.34). Jamie Simmons also contributed an event win for the Cardinal and Gray, crossing first in the 600m with a time of 1:37.14.
The Engineers will return to action next weekend, taking part in both the Valentine's Meet at Boston University as well as a home Coed Invitational meet.