Five Institute Records Ignites MIT at New England Track and Field Championship

Feb. 23, 2008

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - The MIT women's track and field team continues to revitalize and after shocking the field with a fifth-place finish at least year's meet, the Engineers cemented their position as one of the top programs in the region with a third-place finish at the 2008 New England Division III Indoor Championships. Magnuson set another Institute record en route to a win in the 55-meter hurdles while Emily Hwang secured another pole vault title for the MIT program.

Magnuson qualified automatically for the NCAA Championships as she blasted the field with a career-best 8.26. The sophomore also netted a fourth-place finish in the long jump and a seventh-place finish in the triple jump.

Emily Hwang provided the Engineers with a major boost after winning the pole vault. Hwang cleared 10'11.75" for the victory while freshman Karen Fisher finished seventh.

Andrea Bradshaw had re-set the Institute record in the 800m twice already this season, but her thunderous performance at Smith moved the standard to a new level. Bradshaw shaved nearly five seconds off the school mark with a time of 2:17.32. She was listed as second in the final results although she achieved the same time as Izzy Alexander of Bates. Bradshaw's result was just off the NCAA provisional cut for the event.

While Bradshaw delivered the biggest jaw-dropper, Leanne Velduis and Adrienne Bolger capped MIT's strength in the middle distance events with two more Institute records. Veldhuis finished fourth in the 600-meter run while breaking a four-year record in a time of 1:40.01. Bolger lowered her own previous record in the 1000-meter run, finishing second overall in 2:59.03.

Margaret Leibovic authored the final record performance during the meet, as she finished third in the 55-meter dash with a clip of 7.51.

In the field, Aline Thomas powered the attack for the Cardinal and Gray. Thomas finished second in the weight throw with a toss of 49'.25" and finished fourth in the shot put after a throw of 39'1.25". Rookie Hazel Briner finished fifth in the pentathlon with 2,594 points.

Tufts won the team championship with Williams finishing in second. MIT finished three points ahead of Springfield and six points ahead of Amherst in the battle for third.