Women's Track and Field Performs Well at All-New England Championships

March 1, 2008

BOSTON, Mass. - Led by four new Institute records, MIT scored nine points to place 20th in a field of 32 at the New England Intercollegiate Indoor Track & Field Championships held at Boston University. The Engineers finished seventh among all Division III schools.

Junior Adrienne Bolger played a part in two of the new standards. In the 1000m, she set a new program-best 2:58.43 in the trials which improved her own week-old mark; she missed on a chance to repeat the record-breaking feat in finals although her 2:59.18 was good for seventh place. She returned later in the afternoon to run a sub 2:20 leg in the 4x800-meter relay, as the team of Bolger, Andrea Bradshaw, Jacqui Wentz and Leanne Veldhuis crushed the two-week-old record in the event by over 10 seconds, clocking 9:25.86 for sixth place.

Sophomore Amy Magnuson lowered the MIT record in the 55-meter hurdles twice on Saturday, clocking 8.18 seconds in the semi-final round, and knocking off .02 more in the finals where she placed sixth overall; the 8.16 ties for the fastest Division III time in the nation and marked her fourth school record in the event this season. Magnuson also competed in the long jump (19th, 16'3.75") and triple jump (20th, 33'10").

Also scoring points was sophomore Emily Hwang, who finished in a three-way tie for seventh in the pole vault with a jump of 10'10". Senior Aline Thomas bettered the NCAA Division III provisional qualifying standard in the weight throw with a personal best of 49'10" which also makes her No. 2 on the all-time MIT performance list.

Bradshaw placed 16th in the 800-meter trials, her 2:18.39 the second best in Tech history. Veldhuis was 25th in the 500 meter trials (1:20.95), and Wentz moved to No. 3 on the Institute's all-time mile list as she finished second in the unseeded heat in 5:09.82. Karen Fisher was 12th in the pole vault (10"4").