March 15, 2014

Women's Track and Field Finishes in 7th at NCAAs

LINCOLN, Neb. - No. 6 MIT women's indoor track and field team finished in seventh place out of 58 teams with 22 points at the 2014 NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday. Over the course of the weekend, seven Engineers, including the Distance Medley Relay, earned All-American status for coming in the top eight in their respective events.

Yesterday, sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) came in first in the Pole Vault, becoming the first MIT women's indoor track and field student-athlete to win an individual event at NCAAs.  At last year's Championships, the Engineers came in 13th with 15 points.

Junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) finished in 10th place in the Triple Jump with a jump of 37-00.50, while sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) tied for 13th in the Shot Put with a throw of 43-07.50. After breaking the MIT record by two one-hundredths of a second yesterday, senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) competed in the finals of the 60m Hurdles, crossing the line in seventh place with an 8.87.

In the finals of the Mile, senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) came in seventh place with a time of 4:57.82, running just two one-hundredths of a second slower than she did at prelims yesterday, earning two points and All-American status. Later on in the day, she and freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) ran the 3000m, with van den Heuvel taking 10th with a 9:56.45 and Gong coming in 17th in 10:19.14.

With the indoor season officially completed, the Engineers will open the outdoor season next Saturday, March 22 at the Jerry Gravel Invitational at Westfield State College.