March 8, 2009
BOSTON, Mass. – The nationally-ranked no. 14 MIT women’s track and field team took part in the ECAC Division III Championship at Tufts this weekend, finishing in a tie for fourth, despite entering only those athletes still attempting to qualify for next week’s NCAA Championship. A pair of relay squads set new Institute records to lead the way for the Cardinal and Grey.
The 4x400m relay team had one of the weekend’s most impressive performances, as Portia Jones, Andrea Bradshaw, Martha Gross and Hazel Briner combined to run 3:58.40, besting the school record by almost two seconds. The quartet will have to wait until Monday to see if they are able to qualify for the National Championship. They currently sit 11th in the nation.
Attempting to improve its qualifying time, the Distance Medley Relay squad of Jennifer Doyle, Jones, Bradshaw and Jacqui Wentz improved upon its own Institute record with a time of 12:01.56. That time was good for third at the meet and is the 13th best in the nation.
Junior Amy Magnuson was able to better her national qualifying time in the 55m hurdles twice, reaching the NCAA automatic standard and finishing second in the finals with a time of 8.24 seconds.
Anna Holt-Gosselin also attempted to qualify for the national championship in the 5000 meters. The sophomore was on pace for the first two miles before finishing in 17:34.39 en route to a runner-up finish. She is now ranked 18th in the country in the event.
In the pole vault Emily Hwang and Karin Fisher each had impressive showings. Fisher cleared a personal-best 11-1.75 feet for a ninth place finish. Hwang’s vault of 12-1.50 feet was good for third in the meet. Hwang remains the fourth ranked pole vaulter heading into nationals.
In addition to this weekend’s competitors, several Engineers are provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship and will await selections on Monday. Jones is seeded third in the 400m, Wentz currently stands second in the 5000m while Doyle is 23rd in the same event.
The NCAA Division III Championship will be held Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14 at Rose Hulman Institute in Terre Haute, Ind.