MIT claims ECAC championship
Engineers break program record in 4X400-meter relay
NEW YORK -- In its final meet before indoor nationals, No. 3 MIT had a number of strong individual performances that resulted in a victory at the ECAC DIII championship. The Engineers amassed 56.33 points and achieved a number of personal bests and NCAA qualifying marks.
The top showing of the weekend belonged to the 4x400-meter relay team, made up of Portia Jones, Martha Gross, Jamie Simmons and Jacqueline Brew. Their time set a new MIT record with its time of 3:49.28, while taking first place.
Jones and Brew were also in action in the 60-meter hurdles and the two teammates had an exciting head-to-head duel. Jones’ preliminary time of 8.82 seconds was the top qualifying time and the fifth best in the country in 2012. Brew was not far behind, as her qualifying time of 8.88 seconds placed her third and is 11th best in Division III.
Brew would get the last laugh, however, winning the finals with a time of 8.94 seconds while Jones placed third.
Simmons was a winner in the 400 meters, with a season-best time of 56.64 seconds.
Cindy Huang took seventh in the 800 meters with a personal best of 2:16.33 while Louise van den Heuvel was not far behind, in 10th place at 2:17.41.
Elaine McVay set a personal record in the 5000 meters. McVay turned in a time of 17:17.43 to finish in second place. Claire O'Connell was 16th with her time of 18:19.04.
In the pentathlon, Kristine Bunker took third place, amassing a season-best point total of 3,123. Bunker won the pole vault and took second in the shot put en route to her third-place overall showing.
Tech's point total was well ahead of second-place Amherst, which finished with 46 points. Tufts took third with 45 points.