Tech Kicks Off ECAC Division III Championships

Senior Jackie Brew

TROY, N.Y.  – In the penultimate weekend of the season, the 14th-ranked MIT women's outdoor track and field team got competition underway on Thursday at the ECAC Division III Championships hosted by RPI in Troy, N.Y. Tech finished day one in first place with 31.50 points, while host RPI is currently in second with 18 points.

With four entrants in the pole vault, MIT was led by sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) who won the ECAC title clearing 13-01.50, just two inches off her team record. Tying for fourth, senior Abigail Klein (Bethesda, Md.) cleared 11-07.75, while freshman Jennifer Tylock (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior Joanna Chen (Richland, Wash.) both cleared 11-01.75 to finish 13th and 14th, respectively.

Recording a new personal best in the 5000-meter run, sophomore Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.) finished third in a time of 17:52.41. This performance earns Zeinstra the tenth spot on the Engineers' top-ten list.

In the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles, senior Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.) posted the fastest time of the day, with a new personal best time of 14.17. This is just 0.10 seconds off the school record set by Portia Jones in 2010. Also recording a personal best time and joining Brew tomorrow in the finals of the event, senior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) finished with the sixth fastest time, crossing the line in 14.70.

Senior Kaitlin Allen (Bedford, N.H.) added a third place finish to Tech's day in the 10000-meter run crossing the line in 37:00.62. This time is just 0.12 seconds off of Allen's personal best time set at the New England Division III Championships two weeks ago.

In the hammer throw, junior Ellen Liverpool (Washington, D.C.) finished eighth with a final distance of 154-10, tying her personal best throw. Freshman Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) added a 19th place finish with a final throw of 139-10.

Junior Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) finished fifth in the javelin throw with a final distance of 130-03. Competing in the triple jump, junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) finished twelfth clearing 36-06.75.

Tech returns to the track on Friday for the second and final day of the ECAC championships.