SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – One week after winning their sixth consecutive NEWMAC Championship, the MIT women's outdoor track and field team was again victorious, this time claiming the New England Division III title. Tech won the 33-team meet for the second year in a row tallying 132 points while Williams College finished second with 85 points.
Tech's 4x800-meter relay team of freshman Alexandra Shade (San Diego, Calif.), junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.), freshman Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.), and senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) won the event and recorded the third fastest time in MIT's history, 9:20.17. Huang added a third place finish in the 800-meter run with a new personal best time of 2:15.44.
MIT individual wins came in the 5000-meter run and the pole vault. Freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) comfortably won the 5000 in a time of 17:27.26, finishing 12 seconds in front of the runner up. Gong added a third place finish in the 1500-meter run with a final time of 4:38.45, just 0.30 seconds off her personal record. In the pole vault, sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) finished first clearing 12-02.50. Setting a new personal best height, junior Abigail Klein (Bethesda, Md.) vaulted 11-08.50 to finish fourth and move up to sixth on Tech's top-performers list.
In the shot put, sophomore Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) finished third with a final throw of 42-09.75, just 1.25 inches short of her best performance at MIT. Freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) and senior Christine Labaza (Rochester, Mich.) finished second and fourth in the discus throw with distances of 125-01 and 122-02, respectively.
Seniors Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) and Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) finished third and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. Brew dropped nearly half a second to finish in 14.56, moving to third on the Engineers' Top-Ten list. Konopka also lowered her best time to 14.72, moving to fourth on the All-Time record.
Junior Veronica Szklarzewski (Chicago, Ill.) recorded a new personal best time in the 100-meter dash in the preliminary heats, crossing the line in 12.47. This moves Szklarzewski to second on MIT's Top-Ten list. Her finals performance resulted in a fifth place finish at the meet.
Senior Martina de Geus (Los Altos, Calif.) finished comfortably in second in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:45.76. The Engineers' 4x100 meter relay team of Brew, Szklarzewski, freshman Kendra Knittel (Tucson, Ariz), and Konopka crossed the line in 48.11 to finish fifth.
The Engineers will return to the track on Friday, May 9th at the NEICAAA Championship.