January 25, 2014

Cardinal and Gray Finish Art Farnham Invitational Well

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With some of the members of the #2 MIT women's track and field team at Boston University for the John Thomas Terrier Invitational, another group of Engineers remained at home to host the Art Farnham Invitational, which was renamed to honor former head coach Art Farnham, who coached at MIT for 16 years, spanning from 1957 to 1973. Although all meets this weekend were non scoring, the Engineers were given the chance to improve their times and performances in preparation for various championships to come.

In the opening event, the 60m, junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) finished in second place with a time of 8.08, crossing the line just three one-hundredths of a second behind Arintha Robert of Fitchburg State. Senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) followed soon after in fourth with an 8.24. Brew went on to win the 60m Hurdles in 9.45, coming in over half a second ahead of the second place finisher and Szklarzewski would finish in sixth in the Long Jump with a jump of 15-01.50 and first in the Triple Jump with a 34-02.75.

Junior Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) won the High Jump in 5-01.00, while freshman Natalie Alper (Columbia, Md.) was third with a 4-11.00. In the Pole Vault, Engineers claimed places two through seven. Junior Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) led the charge with her second place finishing vault of 10-11.75. Senior Abigail Klein (Bethesda, Md.) was third, also with a 10-11.75, freshman Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was fourth with a 10-06.00, sophomore Sherry Wan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was fifth with a 9-06.25, freshman Madeleine Waller (Pasadena, Calif.) came in sixth, also with a vault of 9-06.25, and sophomore Leah Schmitz (Madison, Wis.) was seventh when she cleared the bar in 9-00.25.

MIT took the top two spots in the Shot Put, with sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) throwing a 42-07.50 to come in first place and freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) finishing in second with a throw of 37-08.50. Senior Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) came in eighth place with a 33-09.25. In the Weight Throw, juniors Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) and Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) took second and third with throws of 50-05.50 and 46-04.00 respectively. Stuopis was seventh with a 41-01.75, sophomore Stephanie Riocci (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) came in eighth with a throw 39-08.00 and Vahey was ninth with a 37-09.50.

Over at Harvard, senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) tied her personal best in the Pentathlon with a score of 3453 points, and is currently ranked first in the country in the event. Along the way, she also set an MIT record of 5-04.50 in the High Jump. Classmate Stephanie Birkhimer (Oneonta, N.Y.) scored 2682 points in the Pentathlon, which qualified her for the New England Division III Championship. 

Tech will next compete at the Tufts Stampede at Tufts University on Saturday, Feb. 1.