February 23, 2013

Women's Track and Field Wraps up New England Championships

BOSTON, Mass. - The MIT women's track and field team completed the New England Indoor Championship tied for tenth place with New Hampshire University with 25 points. The Engineers finished just four points behind the University of New Haven with 29 points. Connecticut College came in first place with 149.33 points.

To start of the second day, six Engineers competed in the mile and all of them finished in the top 30. Freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) was MIT's highest finisher, coming in fifth place with a 4:51.50, breaking her own freshman and varsity school records from last week. Senior Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) and freshman Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) finished in seventh and eighth place with times of 4:58.42 and 4:58.64 respectively. Junior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) came in 23rd with a 5:10.33, classmate Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) was 28th in 5:16.04 and freshman Allison Hallock (Boulder, Colo.) came in 30th with a time of 5:17.04.

In the field events, freshman Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) finished in seventh place in the shot put with her second best throw of the season at 42-04 1/4. Sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) had a season best in the triple jump with a 36-5 and, in the high jump, fellow sophomore Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) clearer 5-3 1/2, which earned her an 18th place finish.

Next weekend, a handful of Engineers will compete at the ECAC Division III Championship at the Armory in New York City, an event that will take place from March 1-2. Another group of athletes will return to Tufts for the last chance qualifier.