SOMERVILLE, Mass. - For the second time in two weeks, the No. 3 MIT women's indoor track and field team traveled to Tufts University, this time for the Cupid Challenge, which took place on Saturday, while another group of Engineers went to Boston University for the Scarlet and White Invitational. Although neither was a scoring meet, many of the Cardinal and Gray had strong performances in their respective events, breaking three records along the way.
In the Weight Throw at Tufts, juniors Ashley Wheeler (Milford, N.H.) and Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) were fourth and sixth with throws of 48-01.25 and 47-06.25 respectively, with Wheeler earning a personal best in the process. Classmate Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) came third in the High Jump with a 5-01.75, while fellow junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) was third in the Long Jump with a 17-00.50 and sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) bettered her Tech record in the Shot Put for the fourth time this season with a throw of 44-08.75 to take second.
In the Triple Jump, junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) came fourth with her jump of 35-05.00 and Szklarzewski was eighth with a 34-02.75. Tech took four of the top six spots in the Pole Vault, with sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) leading the way with her 12-01.50. Senior Abigail Klein (Bethesda, Md.) was second with an 11-09.75, junior Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) cleared the bar in 11-05.75 to take fifth and freshman Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was sixth with an 11-01.75. Both Chen and Klein earned personal best vaults.
In the finals of the 60m Hurdles, senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) came in second place with a personal record of 8.97, improving her time from prelims by one one-hundredth of a second and placing her seventh on the NCAA Division III list. Freshman Alexandra Shade (San Diego, Calif.) earned a best time in the 600m by two seconds when she ran a 1:40.77, finishing in third place. Both student-athletes ran the 200m at the Scarlet and White Invite, with Brew coming in 11th with a 25.65 and Knittel taking 17th in 25.94, both earning best times.
At Boston University, senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) broke the MIT record and earned a personal record in the 800m when she crossed the line in 2:11.98 to take seventh. Junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) also ran well, coming in 13th with a time of 2:16.82. In the 1000m, freshman Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) took down both the MIT freshman and varsity record with her fourth place finishing time of 2:55.37.
Tech will next compete at the New England Division III Championships, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22 at Springfield College. At last year's Championships at the University of Southern Maine, the Cardinal and Gray finished in second place.