May 12, 2012

Women's Track & Field Competes at NEICAAA Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's track and field team, ranked No. 15 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, took on teams from across Divisions I, II and III at the NEICAAA championship at the Steinbrenner track over the weekend. The Cardinal and Gray received some impressive individual showings to finish 14 overall and fourth among Division III squads.

Senior Portia Jones (Queens, N.Y.) had a busy weekend, qualifying for the finals in three events, the 100-meter hurdles, 200 and 400 meters. Jones ran a season-best 14.28 seconds in the 100HH to take third. Her qualifying time in the 400 was the third fastest but the final was scheduled in between the hurdles and the 200, so the senior paced herself to an eighth-place finish. She then came back to earn fifth in the 200 meter final with a time of 24.51 seconds, a season-best that ranks seventh on the national qualifying list.

Seniors Martha Gross (Short Hills, N.J.) did not make the finals in the 200 but did post her fastest time of the year at 25.54.

Senior Jamie Simmons (Carlsbad, Calif.) ran extremely well in the 400-meter hurdles, nearly breaking the one-minute mark. Simmons finished in 1:00.84 in the finals to earn fourth place.

Freshman Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) set a new MIT freshman record in the triple jump, placing seventh with a leap of 37-7.75 feet. Junior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) gave Tech a solid effort in the pole vault, clearing 12-1.50 feet to earn second place.

The Engineers will travel to RPI for the ECAC championship next weekend, the final competition of the year before the NCAA Division III championship in two weeks.