Feb. 8, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a number of impressive individual performances, the MIT women’s track and field team was not able to match the depth of Williams College in its first home meet of the indoor season. The Engineers, who are currently ranked No. 20 in the country, finished with a total of 154 points, good enough to secure second-place among three teams, as the Ephs took home the overall title with 213.50 points. Coast Guard finished third with 19.50 points.
Portia Jones picked up wins in the 55-meter hurdles, the 400 meter dash and the long jump and finished second in the 200m, while setting season bests in all four events. Jones’ time of 8.43 in the 55m hurdles was good for first place. Although she was edged out by Hillary Higgs of Williams by three tenths of a second, Jones (26.37) had by far her best time of the year at 200m. Jones (59.93) and Martha Gross (1:01.64) then went one-two in the 400 meters as Jones broke an Institute record that had stood for over nine years.
A week after her impressive performance at 600m, Andrea Bradshaw moved up to 800m, winning the event with a time of 2:17.85. The Cardinal and Grey had a solid overall showing in the mile. Jennifer Doyle ran to a comfortable two-second victory while Katherine Eve and Adrienne Bolger also placed in the top five.
In addition to Jones’ long jump win, the Engineers fared relatively well in the field events. Emily Hwang led a one, two, three sweep in the pole vault, clearing 3.53 meters. Karin Fisher and Lynn Jepsen shared second, each making it over the bar at 3.08m. Hazel Briner also recorded first place points in the shot put with a distance of 10.69m.
Tech will host a Coed Invitational next weekend while also taking part in the Valentine’s Meet at Boston University.