January 18, 2014

No. 2 Women's Track and Field Finishes in First at Bowdoin Quad Meet

BRUNSWICK, Maine  - For the second weekend in a row, the No. 2 MIT women's indoor track and field team were competing in Maine, this time traveling to Bowdoin College for the Bowdoin Quad Meet . Tech ended the day in first place with 283.50 points, leaving a 130 point gap between it and second place Bowdoin with 152 points. Springfield College was third with 81 and WPI was fourth with 55.50 points. Most of the Engineers improved on their performances from last weekend's meet.

One of MIT's strongest events was the Pole Vault, with Engineers claiming the top four spots. As she did last weekend against Bates and Colby, sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) won the event, improving by an inch to an 11-08.00. Juniors Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) and Abigail Klein (Bethesda, Md.) were second and third with vaults of 10-10.00 and 10-06.00 respectively and freshman Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) came in fourth when she cleared the bar in 10-00.00.

Senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) easily won the Long Jump with her 17-06.00, improving greatly from her jump last weekend. She came second in the next event, the High Jump, with a distance of 5-03.00. Junior Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) came in first, also with a 5-03.00, and freshman Stephanie Guo (Houston, Texas) was third in 5-01.00. In the 60m Hurdles, senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) ran a 9.19 and Konopka was second with a 9.36.

Throwing slightly further than she did last Saturday, sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) won the Shot Put in 43-02.25, once again breaking her own MIT record. Freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) was second with a 39-00.25. In the Triple Jump, junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) came in first with a jump of 35-11.50 and, in the 60m,  junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) won with an 8.12 and Brew was second, also with an 8.12.

The first of three Engineers to complete the 5,000m was junior Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) with her time of 17:45.06. Freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) was second with an 18:17.22 and junior Shivani Kaushal (Grand Blanc, Mich.) came in third place in 18:51.98. Senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) won both the mile and the 1,000m with times of 5:07.13 and 3:02.74 respectively, while junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) was first in the 800m in 2:20.10.

To end the day, the 4x800 A relay won with a time of 9:43.47, finishing almost a minute ahead of Bowdoin in second place in 10:38.59.

MIT has a busy weekend ahead of it; on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25, the Engineers will be at Boston University for the John Thomas Invitational. Also on that Saturday, MIT will host the Art Farnham Invitational at 12:00 p.m., an event named in honor of former MIT track and field coach Art Farnham.