No. 6 Women’s Track and Field Takes Two NEWMAC Weekly Awards

Juniors Natalie Alper and Kendra Knittel and sophomores Hannah Chen and Nneoma Okonkwo
Juniors Natalie Alper and Kendra Knittel and sophomores Hannah Chen and Nneoma Okonkwo

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) has been named as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Track Athlete of the Week, while she teamed up with classmate Nneoma Okonkwo (Lagos, Nigeria) and juniors Kendra Knittel (Tucson, Ariz.) and Natalie Alper (Columbia, Md.) earned the conference's Relay Team of the Week award.

Chen ran the fastest time in the country in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.01) yesterday afternoon at the Dick Farley Invitational, a dual meet between the No. 6 MIT women's track and field team and the No. 10 ranked Williams College. The sophomore also teamed up with the 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay squads for first place finishes on the afternoon.

The 4x100 relay team comprised of Okonkwo, Alper, Knittel and anchor Chen edged the Williams team by 0.01-seconds with a time of 48.40. The mark is currently 18th fastest in the country this season.

MIT returns to action next weekend as some members of the team will head to Princeton University on Friday, April 22 for the Larry Ellis Invitational, while others will compete at home in the Sean Collier Invitational on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 10:15 a.m. from Steinbrenner Stadium.