April 19, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its final tune-up before the NEWMAC Championships, MIT hosted its annual Spring Invitational which featured 14 teams across multiple NCAA divisions. The Engineers performed well, highlighted by three first-place finishes from senior thrower Aline Thomas.
Thomas tossed 121'4" to win the discus and 40'3.5" in earning the top spot in the shot put, but her best effort of the day nearly equaled her standing Institute record as Thomas hurled 159'6" to easily out-distance the competition in the hammer.
Thomas accounted for half of MIT's six individual wins, with Amy Magnuson, Adrienne Bolger and Emily Hwang securing the other victories. Magnuson split 14.41 for a comfortable win in the hurdles, Bolger topped a slow field in the 800m with a time of 2:20.94, while Hwang and rookie Karin Fisher finished 1-2 in the pole vault. Hwang's winning leap cleared 10'11.75".
Earlier in the week, freshman Hazel Briner placed 11th out of 22 athletes at the Holy Cross Heptathlon. Briner's score of 3613 points over the two-day event set a freshman record and put her third on the MIT all-time list, while qualifying for both the New England Division III and the ECAC Division III Championships.