LEWISTON, Maine - MIT's women's indoor track and field team finished in first place at the Bates Invitational on Saturday afternoon, wrapping up the day with 181.50 points. Host Bates College was second with 107 and Colby College was third with 85.50. Senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) led the Engineers with three individual wins throughout the day. Tech opened the 2013-14 campaign at the BU Season Opener over a month ago and, most recently, competed in the annual Alumni Meet that occurred last week.
Konopka and fellow senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) helped to start the day off right by coming in first and second place in the 60m Hurdles with times of 9.19 and 9.26 respectively. A few short events later, Brew would win the 200m with a time of 27.24, finishing just ahead of freshman Kendra Knittel (Tucson, Ariz.) in second with a 27.33. Konopka's second win came in the High Jump with a 5-03.00 and her third was in the Long Jump with a 16-06.00.
In the 600m, junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) finished over three seconds ahead of the second place finisher, crossing the line with a time of 1:43.73. Freshmen Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) and Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.), both of whom are coming off strong cross country seasons, led the way in the 800m, finishing in first and second with times of 2:20.52 and 2:23.72. Senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) was the fastest runner in the 1,000m with a 3:00.53. Classmate Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.) came third in 3:07.21.
Sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) vaulted an 11-07.00 to take first place, while freshman Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) came in third in 10-06.00. Junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.), who came third in the Long Jump with a 16-04.25, claimed first in the Triple Jump with a 35-00.25. Senior Stephanie Birkhimer (Oneonta, N.Y.) was second in 34-04.25.
In the final two events of the day, the Shot Put and the Weight Throw, MIT took the top two spots in both. Sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) was first in the Shot Put with a throw of 43-00.50, breaking her own MIT record, and freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) came in second with a 37.06.50. In the Weight Throw, junior Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) finished in first place with a throw of 48-05.25, while classmate Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) was second with a 46-10.75.
Next up for the Cardinal and Gray is the Bowdoin Quad, which will take place at Bowdoin College on Saturday, Jan. 18, starting at 12:30 p.m.