April 28, 2012

Women's Track & Field Captures Fourth-Straight NEWMAC Title

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - MIT captured both the men's and women's team titles at the 2012 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track and Field Championships, hosted by Smith College on Saturday.  Six NEWMAC records were broken during the competition.

On the men's side, MIT totalled 267 points for their 13th title in 14 years and 12th in a row.  WPI was the runner up with 179 points, while Springfield was third with 147.  Wheaton (82), Coast Guard (81) and Babson (12) rounded out the competition.

For the women, the Engineers finished with 208 points for their fourth straight title and fifth in the last six years.  Wheaton (Mass.) piled up 144 points to finish second, followed by Springfield in third with 107, and WPI fourth with 91.5.  Hosts Smith came in fifth with 82.5, followed by Wellesley (56), Coast Guard (42), Babson (27), and Mount Holyoke (22).

A new men's NEWMAC record was set in the steeplechase, by Springfield's Zach Pietras, who finished in 9:17.15, breaking the seven year old mark of 9:20.00.

Five new marks were set on the women's side, including a new 4x100 meter relay mark of 47.84 set by MIT's Jacqueline Brew, Martha Gross, Jamie Simmons, and Portia Jones, breaking a mark last set in 2010. 

Wheaton's quartet of Amanda Claflin, Ashante Little, Lauren Cardarelli, and Meredith Scannell set a new 4x400 meter mark in 3:53.17, breaking a three year old record.  Wheaton's Didi Jusme broke her own record in the 100 meter hurdles, with a time of 14.16,

Two records were also broken in the field events - MIT's Tilly Taylor broke a nine year old record in the javelin with a throw of 41.20 meters, while Mount Holyoke's Mirian Larson-Koester bested a 13 year old record in the discus with a toss of 40.38 meters.

The following finished first and second in each event and received first and second team All-NEWMAC honors

Women's 10,000 meter run
1 - Charlotte Margel (Babson) - 38:57.49
2 - Nora Letendre (Springfield) - 39:35.38

Women's 3000 meter Steeplechase
1 - Martina de Geus (MIT) - 11:26.75
2 - Claire O'Connell (MIT) - 11:39.13

Women's 4x100 meter relay
1 - MIT (Jacqueline Brew, Martha Gross, Jaime Simmons, Portia Jones) - 47.84 (NEWMAC Record)
2 - Wheaton (Amber Spencer, Lauren Cardarelli, Amanda Claflin, Ashante Little) 47.85

Women's Pole Vault
1 - Emily Pearce (WPI) - 3.50m
2 - Lauren Kuntz (MIT) - J3.50m

Women's Long Jump
1 - Ashley Dell'Aira (Wheaton) - 5.45m (Wind: 2.2)
2 - Kelly Curtis (Springfield) - 5.34m (Wind: 1.6)

Women's Javelin
1 - Tilly Taylor (MIT) - 41.20m (NEWMAC Record)
2 - Kelly Curtis (Springfield) - 38.82m

Women's Hammer Throw
1 – Tope Waheed (Wheaton) – 46.86m
2 – Kimi Joback (WPI) – 44.61m

Women's 1500 meter run
1 – Randelle Boots (Wellesley) – 4:43.79
2 – Brooke Johnson (MIT – 4:44.77

Women's 100 meter hurdles
1 – Didi Jusme (Wheaton) 14.16 (NEWMAC Record)
2 – Portia Jones (MIT) 14.53

Women's 400 meter dash
1 – Ashante Little (Wheaton) – 56.48
2 – Jamie Simmons (MIT) – 57.33

Women's Triple Jump
1 – Ashley Dell'Aira (Wheaton) – 12.08m (Wind: 4.4)
2 – Michelle Johnson (MIT) – 11.12m (Wind: +0.0)

Women's 100 meter dash
1 – Portia Jones (MIT) – 12.44
2 – Amanda Claflin (Wheaton) – 12.62

Women's High Jump
1 – Preedi Vaidyanathan (MIT) – 1.60m
2 – Adrianna Davis (WPI) – J1.60m

Women's 800 meter run
1 – Cindy Huang (MIT) – 2:19.08
2 – Randelle Boots (Wellesley) – 2:21.08

Women's 400 meter hurdles
1 – Jamie Simmons (MIT) – 1:03.09
2 – Kirsten Silfvenius (Smith) – 1:03.99

Women's Shot Put
1 – Emily Trudeau (Coast Guard) – 11.44m
2- Kelly Curtis (Springfield) – 11.17m

Women's 200 meter dash
1 – Portia Jones (MIT) – 25.30m
2 – Ashante Little (Wheaton) – 25.41m

Women's 5,000 meter run
1 – Camille Basurto (Wellesley) – 17:54.00
2 – Molly Shanley (Wellesley) – 17:56.52

Women's 4x400 meter relay
1 – Wheaton (Amanda Claflin, Lauren Cardarelli, Ashante Little, Meredith Scannell) – 3:53.17 (NEWMAC Record)
2 – MIT (Jamie Simmons, Martha Gross, Madeleine Bairey, Portia Jones) – 3:58.49

Women's 800 meter run
1 -- Cindy Huang (MIT) - 2:19.08
2 -- Randelle Boots (Wellesley) -- 2:21.08

Women's Discus
1 -- Miriam Larson-Koester (Mount Holyoke) - 40.38m (NEWMAC Record)
2 -- Kyle Sutschek (Coast Guard) -37.38m

Release courtesy of Smith College Sports Information