BOSTON, Mass. - The MIT women's indoor track and field team traveled up the road to Tufts University on Saturday morning to compete in the Last Chance Meet in hopes of qualifying more athletes for the NCAA Championships. Three different Engineers walked away with first place finishes; junior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) won the 800 meters in 2:15.69, sophomore Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) was victorious in the high jump with 5-04.25 and senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the pole vault with a vault of 12-04.00.
Taylor was the first of the Engineers to hit the track in the 800 meters, finishing less than half a second ahead of the second place finisher from Emory. Sophomore Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) came in seventh place with a 2:17.80. In the next event, the mile, freshman Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) came in third with a 5:04.55 and junior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) finished eighth with a 5:26.96.
Freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) finished strongly in the 5000 meters, coming in second place with a 17:09.15, a new MIT freshman record. Sophomore Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) was tenth with a 17:37.17 and classmate Shivani Kaushal (Grand Blanc, Mich.) came in 18th place with a 19:01.11. Also competing in the pole vault was freshman Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.), who came in third place with a vault of 12-00.00.
In the triple jump, sophomore Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) finished in third place with a 36-05.75 and, to end the meet, freshman Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) came in third place in the shot put with a 42-10.75.
The Engineers will return to action this weekend when they travel to North Central College in Naperville, Ill. for the NCAA Division III Championships that will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.