CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – No. 6 MIT took on Division I rivals from Harvard, Boston University and Northeastern in the Battle of Beantown on Friday, finishing third out of the four squads. The Engineers posted some impressive individual performances among the competitive field.
Perhaps the most impressive performance of the meet belonged to the MIT pole vaulters, as junior Lauren Kuntz and freshman Joanna Chen achieved season-best marks in the event. Kuntz cleared the bar at 11-11 3/4 to earn second place in the event and improve her sixth-best mark nationally. Chen recorded a personal best by vaulting 10-11 3/4, finishing fifth overall.
At 800 meters, three Tech runners were able to set a personal best, posting three of the top seven times in program history. Freshman Cindy Huang was the first across the finish with an MIT freshman record time of 2:17.84. Sophomore Alexandra Taylor was right behind Huang in 2:19.79 and freshman Margaret Coad rounded out the group with a personal-best time of 2:20.20.
Senior Portia Jones ran a pair of solid races, taking second in the 200m with a time of 25.17 and the 400m with a time of 57.13. While not even a season best, her time in the 400 would be good for the third best in Division III this season.
The 4×400 relay squad made up of Jones, senior Jamie Simmons, sophomore Jacqueline Brew and freshman Madeleine Bairey posted a season-best time of 3:57.26, good for third best in the NCAA on the year.
The distance medley relay also recorded a season-best time. Huang, sophomore Brooke Johnson, senior Martha Gross and junior Marie Burkland finished in third place with a time of 12:42.07, this year’s third fastest time in Division III.