No. 12 Women's Track and Field Shines at Tufts Final Qualifying Meet

Junior Margaret Redfield clearing the high jump bar.
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- Location: Gantcher Center (Medford, Mass.)

- The Lead: At the Tufts Final Qualifying Meet on Saturday, the No. 12 ranked MIT women's indoor track and field team had a number of individuals move into the top-20 nationally as the Engineers picked up two event wins. 


- In the high jump, junior Margaret Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) won the event with a personal best of five feet, six inches as junior Liana Reilly (Newton, Mass.) finished third at five feet, 4.5 inches. Redfield is now 11th nationally, while Reilly is 18th from a jump earlier this season.

- MIT dominated the mile with three marks that all rank among the top 20 nationally, led by senior Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) in first with a time of 4:57.18. Junior Katie Williams (Papillion, Neb.) was in second at 4:58.77 and senior Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) placed third with a time of 5:00.62. Trautner enters nationals in the No. 4 spot, while Williams is ninth and Bacher is 15th.

- In the pole vault, junior Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) finished second at 12 feet, 2.75 inches. Sophomore Anais Marenco (Roswell, Ga.) cleared 11 feet, 10.75 inches to finish third and junior Lila Wine (Oak Park, Ill.) placed sixth at 11 feet, five inches.

- In the triple jump, first-year Laena Tieng (Kent, Wash.) set the MIT rookie record with a jump of 37 feet, 8.5 inches to finish second overall. Junior Elizabeth Weeks (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) was third at 37 feet, six inches and junior Lucy Lee (Potomac, Md.) checked in at fourth with a jump of 36 feet, 10.25 inches.


- Below are the current top-20 rankings for the Engineers, from meets up to this point in the season as listed at

800 Meters
17. Margaret Trautner - 2:15.29

4. Margaret Trautner - 4:57.18
9. Katie Williams - 4:58.77
15. Katie Bacher - 5:00.62

3,000 Meters
17. Katie Collins - 9:57.53

5,000 Meters
8. Katie Collins - 17:12.99

Distance Medley Relay
2. Margaret Trautner, Sarah Ishamuddin, Katie Williams, Marissa McPhillips - 11:51.65

High Jump
11. Margaret Redfield 5' 6"
18. Liana Reilly - 5' 5.75"

Pole Vault
10. Jacqueline Ahrens - 12' 5.5" 


- MIT wraps up 2019-20 indoor season next weekend as the Engineers travel to the NCAA Division III Championship on March 13-14. The two-day event will take place at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.


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