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Cyclists to hold meet; Women running strong

MIT cyclists to host

competition, IM race

Why will Danforth Street, Amherst Street, Fowler Street and Memorial Drive be blocked off to traffic this weekend? And who are the colorfully clad people who will be streaking past MIT dormitories on their bicycles? Ask the MIT cycling team.

The cycling team, defending East Coast champions, have planned a massive cycling competition for the weekend, combining men's and women's sprints, a half-hour criterium (circuit race), and a 10-lap intramural race open to all MIT students. The IM race, which begins on Sunday at 1:45 pm, costs only $5.00 to enter. Competitors must have helmets and cannot use triathlon handlebars.

Competition for the varsity races promises to be tough, since nearly every strong competitor in last year's championships is fielding a large team. MIT, however, hopes to continue its incredible performance. In the words of Thomas H. Moyer G, a member of the team and one of the main organizers of this weekend's events, "We took everyone by surprise last year. The question is whether we were a flash in the pan, or whether we can keep on winning."

Police have been hired to detour traffic around the course area, which will be marked off by snow fences, bales of hay and police tape. Funding for the event will come mostly from entry fees, with some sponsorship from the president's office.

Women's X-country

trots to fourth place

The women's cross-country team turned in a strong performance last Saturday at the Connecticut College Invitational. In a field of eight teams, MIT finished fourth, only seven points behind third-place Mt. Holyoke College. The course was one of the most grueling of the season, consisting almost entirely of hills and including many sharp turns, loose footing and a stream to jump.

One of the team's goals for the season has been to steadily decrease the amount of time between the first and fifth runners, since the top five finishers of each team score. The gap on Saturday was the smallest this season, with only 2:35 between Nicole L. Freedman '94, who finished 6th overall, and Garielle L. Rocap '92, who placed 26th. Amy J. Rovelstad '92, Agnieszka Reiss '95 and Marjorie J. Delo '95 were MIT's other scorers, finishing 12th, 20th and 22nd, respectively.

Coach Joseph Sousa was pleased with the team's performance, but stressed that there is still room for improvement. "With such a young team, we have more capacity to improve over the season than some of the schools that beat us today," he said. The Engineers will have an opportunity to show improvement this afternoon at 4 pm when they run at the Wellesley Invitational.

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

Compiled by Nick Levitt->