MIT Dominant in Engineer's Cup Win

TROY, N.Y. – The MIT women's track and field team, ranked No. 4 in the country, put on a dominating display Saturday, winning the Engineer's Cup over WPI and host RPI with 201 total points, 81 ahead of second-place WPI. The Cardinal and Gray won all but one event on the track and also took first place in the four of the eight field events.  

Freshman Tilly Talyor (South Deerfield, Mass.) shattered the MIT record in the javelin, winning the event with a throw of 140-3 feet, besting the program mark by nine feet. Taylor currently stands second on the NCAA qualifying list.

Sophomore Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) also set an Institute record in the long jump. Despite taking off from well behind the foul line, Brew jumped 18.1.75 feet to win the event and break the previous mark held by Amy Magnuson '10 by three-quarters of an inch. Brew also earned wins in the 100-hurdles with a time of 15.37, was part of the winning 4x100 relay (48.44 seconds) and had runner-up showings in the 100m (13.26 seconds), 200m (26.85 seconds) and the triple jump (35-7.75 feet). The versatile sophomore accounted for an outstanding 30.75 total points on the day.

Two of Brew's second-place finishes came on account of teammate Portia Jones (New York, N.Y.) beating her out. Jones was a winner in the 100 meters in 13.17 seconds and the 200 meters in 25.89 seconds. Brew did get the better of her senior teammate in the 100-hurdles by just 0.02 seconds, as Jones took second in 15.39 seconds.

Senior Jamie Simmons (Carlsbad, Calif.) also earned a pair of wins in the 400 meters and 400 intermediate hurdles. Simmons overcame a strong headwind on the backstretch to win the 400 with a time of 58.36 seconds. Her time of 63.49 in the 400 hurdles was nearly six seconds faster than her closest competitor.

Brew, Jones and Simmons were joined by freshman Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) on the winning 4x100 relay that finished in 48.44 seconds, over four seconds faster than second-place RPI.

A pair of freshmen, Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) and Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.), set rookie records, winning the 800 and 5000 meters, respectively. Huang beat out teammate Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) in the 800 with a time of 2:21.87. McVay ran away from the field, winning the 5k in 17:41.24, more than 40 seconds faster than fellow freshman Dacie Manion (Old Town, Maine).

Other event wins came from junior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) in the 1500 (4:46.39), sophomore Claire O'Connell (Los Altos Hills, Calif.) in the 3000 Steeplechase, freshman Marissa Engle (Sunnyvale, Calif.) in the pole vault, freshman Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) in the triple jump and sophomore Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) in the discus.

Tech will travel to Colby College next weekend to take on Bates College and the University of Southern Maine in addition to the host Mules in a meet beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 14.