April 26, 2008
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - MIT women's track and field fell short in defending its first-ever conference title, finishing third overall at the 2008 NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The middle-distance trio of Andrea Bradshaw, Jacqui Wentz and Adrienne Bolger delivered solid races on the track while giving MIT a boost in the team standings. Bradshaw set a new MIT record in the 800m, finishing second overall with a time of 2:17.07. Wentz completed the same circuit in 2:17.40, for a third-place finish behind a time that would also have set a new school mark. Bolger lost a heart-breaker in the 1500m, but her clip of 4:42.98 smashed the previous Institute record by nearly three seconds en route to a second-place finish.
Senior Leanne Veldhuis supplied another terrific highlight as she earned a conference title in the 400-meter hurdles behind a season-best 1:04.88. Although she settled for third in a hotly-contested 800m, Wentz also scored a first-place finish with a 25-second victory in the steeplechase.
Veldhuis anchored another near-record effort for the Engineers, as her race with Bradshaw, Wentz and Bolger in the 4x100-meter relay fell just shy of the school record. The group split 4:04.21 to finish behind Wheaton and Springfield, the two teams that also finished ahead of the Cardinal and Gray in the team standings.
In the field, junior Emily Hwang secured a personal-best in the pole vault en route to her first conference championship. Hwang cleared 11'9" to easily out-distance the next closest competitor while freshmen Karin Fisher, Rebecca Stavely and Lynn Jepsen combined to give MIT four of the top six finishers in the event.
Senior Aline Thomas continued her outstanding season with two first-place finishes. Thomas tossed 43'1.75" for an impressive win in the shot put before winning the hammer throw by seven feet with a throw of 162'3". Thomas' best mark in the hammer established a NEWMAC championship record.
MIT finished third with 178 points, while Wheaton secured a two-point victory over Springfield (205-203) for the 2008 team title. Coast Guard (67), Smith (52), Mount Holyoke (28), WPI (25) and Babson (18) rounded out the scoring.