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Track and field finish 2nd at New England DIII Championships

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams finished in second place at the NCAA Division III New England Championships last weekend.

The women’s team, ranked No. 9 in the country, finished behind Williams College but set four MIT records and 11 NCAA qualifying marks. Portia M. Jones ’12 set NCAA qualifying standards in four events, and won two events, the 200m and 4x100 relay. Jacqueline M. Wentz ’10 had a pair of NCAA qualifying times in the 800 and the 3000-meter Steeplechase, and won both events. Hazel L. Briner ’11 set a new MIT record in the heptathlon with 4,262 points, good for second place. The junior had second place finishes in the 100m hurdles, 200m dash, 800m and shot put, in addition to a third in the high jump.

The men’s team held the tournament lead throughout the weekend, but was edged by Williams College in on the last event and finished five points short.

Stephen Morton led the Engineers, scoring almost a fifth of MIT’s total points. Morton won the long jump, one of four first-place finishes for the team.

MIT will participate in the NEICAAA Championship next weekend at Northeastern University. The Engineers will compete against the top teams in the region from across Divisions I, II and III, as the meet gets underway on Friday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m.

— Greg McKeever, DAPER staff

Women’s lacrosse falls in NEWMAC semifinals

The women’s lacrosse team fell to top-seeded Babson College, 16-7, in the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals Saturday.

Erica W. Little ’11 led the Engineers with three goals, and Casey M. Flynn ’10 provided three assists.

Babson controlled the entire game, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. After an MIT goal, Babson scored four more unanswered points and extended their lead to 9-2 at halftime. They eventually extended their lead to 12-2; MIT made a comeback attempt with a 5-2 run in the second half, but could not overcome the deficit.

The Engineers close out their season with an overall record of 9-7, finishing over .500 for the second straight season.

— David Zhu, Sports editor

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