Six MIT athletes win individual events en route to fifth consecutive NEWMAC title
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- For the fifth consecutive year, MIT captured the title at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track and Field Championships. Six different Engineers won individual events.
MIT wrapped up the meet with 228.50 points, finishing with 20 points more than it had last year. The next closest team was Wheaton (Mass.) in second with 153, while host Springfield was third with 102.50.
In the 800 meter, sophomore Cindy Huang finished in third place with a time of 2:16.80, while junior Louise van den Heuvel was seventh with a 2:19.82. Junior Kaitlin Allen took the title in the 5,000 meter with a time of 18:08.26, crossing the line seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
The 1,500 meter was an important race for the Engineers, who took four of the top five spots. Freshman Sarah Quinn led the way with a 4:37.33 and was followed soon after by van den Heuvel in second with a 4:38.78. Senior Brooke Johnson came third with a 4:38.82, finishing just hundredths of a second ahead of a runner from Wellesley. Junior Alexandra Taylor closed out the pack with a fifth-place finish in 4:43.47.
MIT took second through fourth and sixth in the 10,000 meter, with sophomore Shivani Kaushal placing highest with her second-place finish in 40:14.71. Classmates Dacie Manion and Kali Benavides followed with a 40:14.80 and 40:15.24, respectively. Freshman Allison Hallock was sixth with a time of 43:32.80.
Junior Jaclyn Konopka came fourth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.22, while classmate Jacqueline Brew was seventh in 15.69. Brew also competed in the 100 and 400, coming in 11th place with a time of 12.93 in the 100 and second with a 1:04.73 in the 400. Junior Martina de Geus also raced in the 400, finishing in seventh place in 1:09.95. She later came first in the 3,000 Steeplechase in 11:07.97, completing the race almost 30 seconds ahead of the next finisher.
The 4x100 relay that consisted of Brew, sophomores Veronica Szklarzewski and Michelle Johnson and Konopka came in third with a time of 49.52. The 4x400 relay, composed of freshman Isabel Crystal, Brooke Johnson, Huang and Taylor was fifth with a time of 4:07.11, dropping a few seconds from their time this season.
MIT took the top three spots in the pole vault, with senior Lauren Kuntz winning when she cleared the bar in 12-01.50, capturing the title in the event for the first time in the four years she has competed at NEWMACs. Freshmen Cimran Virdi and Sherry Wan finished in second and third place with vaults of 11-07.75 and 10-08.00, respectively. In the long jump, Michelle Johnson came in second place with a jump of 17-01.50 and was followed by Brew in third with a 17-00.50 and Szklarzewski in fourth with a 16-04.25.
Freshman Isabella Stuopis won the shot put with a throw of 40-05.00 and, in the hammer throw, sophomore Ashley Wheeler was second with a throw of 152-03.
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