Feb. 8, 2008
BOSTON, Mass. - Amidst a talented field that included nearly 3,000 athletes across all NCAA divisions as well as the sponsored elite, MIT delivered a fine effort at Boston University's Valentine's Invitational. Junior Adrienne Bolger and sophomore Amy Magnuson authored the top highlights over the weekend with school records in the 1000-meter run and 55-meter hurdles, respectively.
Magnuson continues to serve as MIT's most national-ready competitor. The sophomore star cruised through prelims before finishing third overall in the 55-meter hurdles. Splitting 8.32 en route to a new Institute record, Magnuson's performance marked the top individual finish by an MIT athlete at the meet. Magnuson also competed in the long and triple jump, finishing 19th overall with a leap of 34'5.75" in the latter event.
Bolger took a cue from Magnuson and re-wrote one of her own records as well on Friday. Showing continued improvement since the start of the campaign, Bolger became the first MIT athlete to break three minutes in the 1000-meter run as she broke through the line in 2:59.86. Outside of Magnuson's effort in the hurdles, Bolger's 13th-place finish was MIT's best on the day.
The Cardinal and Gray nearly secured another program milestone, although sophomore Jacqui Wentz fell just shy in her bid to take over the Institute standard in the mile. Wentz shaved four seconds off her mile for the second consecutive week, but was two seconds off the Engineers' record as she crossed the line in a personal-best 5:11.34.
MIT had other notable performances during Friday's competition, including two top-20 finishes for senior Aline Thomas. After a toss of 38'2.25" yielded a 20th-place finish in the shot put, Thomas finished 15th overall in the weight throw with a top mark of 47'3.75". Junior Emily Hwang finished 14th in the pole vault while sophomore Margaret Leibovic posted a pair of solid performances in the two shortest sprint events.