Three Engineers Earn All-American Accolades on Final Day of NCAA's

Three Engineers Earn All-American Accolades on Final Day of NCAA's

THE BASICS:

- Location: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)

- The Lead: On the final day of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the No. 8 ranked MIT women's track and field team had three student-athletes earn All-American honors as the Engineers placed in a tie for 20th overall with a total of 12 points. Overall for the championship, MIT picked up five All-American performances to cap off the season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- On the final day of competition, freshman Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.) earned her first career All-American accolade as she placed fifth in a time of 10:44.62. On Thursday afternoon, Melanson won her heat by a comfortable margin to advance to today's final.

- Junior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:01.46 as she was named as an All-American in that event for the third straight season. Senior Jackie Vahey (Winchester, Mass.) shattered the MIT school record in the hammer throw as she threw 181 feet, one inch. That throw, which broke the previous school mark by five feet and 3.75 inches, placed Vahey seventh as that came on her final throw of the day. Junior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) finished 14th in the hammer, throwing 166 feet, eight inches.

- The final performer on Saturday was senior Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.), who finished 16th in the 5,000 meters in a time of 17:40.10.

- On Friday, the lone Engineer in action was Chen, who placed 17th in the prelims in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 14.80 seconds.

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