Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season in California
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Hoping to escape the unfavorable early spring conditions in New England, the MIT track & field team traveled to Southern California for a few days of training, followed by a meet at Point Loma Nazarene University on Saturday. Despite not being able to travel with a full roster, both the men and women scored well and turned in quality performances at the meet. The men finished fourth out of 12 teams with 347 points while the women totaled 390, good for third overall.
Freshman Jacqueline Brew had an outstanding debut to her outdoor season, taking first place in three events and setting an MIT rookie record in the 100 meter dash. Brew was the top finisher in the 100 (12.60), long jump (17-3.50 feet) and triple jump (34-9.50 feet). The freshman also placed third in the 100-meter hurdles and was part of the third-place 4x100 relay, accounting for an astounding 81.25 points on her own.
Portia Jones posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200m, coming across the finish in 24.44, good for second place. Martha Gross was 10th with a time of 26.46 and Brew placed 11th but was unable to score, as only two competitors per team were eligible to record points in each event.
Competing for the first time since her National runner-up result in the NCAA Indoor Championship, Karin Fisher led a sweep of the top three for the Cardinal and Gray in the pole vault. Fisher cleared 12-0.00 feet for a Provisional NCAA mark. Teammates Hazel Briner (11-7.25 feet) and Lauren Kuntz (11-6.00) were right behind her, in second and third place, respectively. Fisher displayed some versatility, taking fourth place in the triple jump (33-4.50 feet).
Louise van den Heuvel also had a strong debut, setting a freshman record in the 800m with her 10th-place time of 2:21.83 and finishing fifth in the 1500m (4:47.56).
On the men's side, Josh Duncavage had a solid all-around meet, as the sophomore sprinter placed first in the 100m with a time of 11.09 seconds and was 5th in the 200m (22.66). He also ran a leg of MIT's 2nd-place 4x100m relay that finished in 42.97.
Tyler Singer-Clark had a pair of top four finishes for the Engineers, taking third in the 400m (49.96) and fourth in the 200m (22.63). He was also a part of the 4x100 relay.
The MIT throwers, Kenneth Cooper, Mitchell Kelly and Chinedum Umachi combined to take first place in three events. Cooper was first in the shot put (46-9.00 feet) and hammer throw (166-06 feet). In the discus, Kelly was first (162-06 feet) and was backed up by Umachi in second and Cooper in fourth. Vladimir Sobes was a runner-up in the javelin with
Tech will return to Cambridge next weekend for the annual Engineer's Cup competition against RPI and WPI. The meet begins on the Steinbrenner track at 12:00 p.m.