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Women's X-country loses

By Amy Rovelstad

The women's cross country team competed last Saturday in their first meet of the season, the Engineer's Cup, at Saratoga Spa State Park, NY. Although they did not win, the team demonstrated their potential for a strong season to come. With 43 points, MIT placed second to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (30 points) and firmly defeated Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who finished with 65 points.

In her first year running for MIT, Nicole L. Freedman '94 won the 5 km (3.1 mile) race in 19:36, 14 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Krista Barrett of RPI. Team captain Amy Rovelstad '92 finished next for MIT at 21:12, placing seventh in the race. MIT's other scorers, freshman Agnieszka Reiss (9th), senior Gabrielle L. Rocap (11th) and freshman Bridget E. Banas (15th), crossed the line at 21:45, 22:05, and 23:02, respectively. Not far behind Banas were Becky Berry (18th) and Evelyn Kao (19th), both freshmen. Other finishers on the team were Alexandra M. Witze '92, Gowri A. Rao '93, Elaine C. Yang '95, Sharlene D. Afshani '93, Patricia A. Foote '92 and Karen D. Gondoly '93.

With four freshmen in the top seven, the team should become very competitive as the season progresses. "Our main goal now is to decrease the amount of time between the first and fifth runners," said Coach Joe Sousa. As the freshmen and other first-year runners gain more experience in college racing and training becomes more intense, the team should be able to close the gap. This will be especially important next Saturday, when the team goes to North Dartmouth for the Southeastern Massachusetts University Invitational, one of the largest meets of the season.

Amy Rovelstad '92 is captain of the women's cross-country team.