May 14, 2007
HANOVER, N.H. - The MIT women's track and field team continued its historic spring run with an impressive team effort at the All-Division New England Championships, hosted by Dartmouth College. The Engineers' finished 10th overall at NEICAAAs, the highest finish ever in the history of the program.
Freshman Amy Magnuson paved the way to the dazzling finish by serving as one of the weekend's top rookies, at any level. Magnuson secured the highest individual finish in program history during the long jump, leaping a school-record 18'1" to secure second place. Magnuson also finished fourth in the triple jump. Her best mark of 37'2.25" just missed NCAA provisional cuts, while she also fell just shy of provisional status in the long jump.
In addition to a dominating effort in the jumps, Magnuson stood to be even more commanding on the track. After winning her preliminary heat in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.56, Magnuson entered finals ranked third. Head coach Fletcher Brooks and Magnuson decided to pull out of the finals as an injury caution with nationals just weeks away.
The loss of points may have cost the Engineers a few spots on the final team board, but MIT continued to flex its muscle across all areas in the field. Junior Aline Thomas, who already provisional qualified for NCAAs, strengthened her position among the national leaders after throwing a school-record 163'6" in the hammer. It was a break-out effort for Thomas, who netted fifth in the event in addition to a seventh-place finish in the shot put (40'8.25"). Chi-Fong Wang supported the MIT assault with a sixth-place finish in the javelin (121') while Emily Hwang just missed at placing in the vault after finishing 10th with a top clear of 10'6".
The Engineers authored two other fantastic performances during the weekend. Leanne Veldhuis ran her best split of the spring en route to a fourth-place finish in the 400m hurdles. Veldhuis ran 1:03.43 at finals, finishing just off her Institute-record pace.
MIT capped the two-day championship with an Institute record in the 4x800m relay. For the second consecutive week, the team of Rachel Niehuus, Adrienne Bolger, Andrea Bradshaw and Andrea Staid combined to set a new school mark. Bradshaw and Staid were especially impressive in anchoring Tech to a sixth-place finish with a time of 9:22.86.