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Women runners 2nd to Wellesley

By Amy Rovelstad

Last Friday afternoon, the women's cross country team placed second at the Wellesley Invitational, improving last year's third place finish. With its large team of strong runners on their home course, Wellesley handily won the event (where lowest score wins) with 24 points, while MIT finished with a respectable 44 points.

Wheaton College (72 points), Regis College (100 points) and Simmons College (no team score) were the other competitors.

Even more exciting than last week's hills and streams, this course took the runners through a toxic waste site. Despite this, the race was pretty fast for a warm day.

Once again, the team worked together well and was able to decrease the amount of time between the first and fifth runners. As usual, sophomore Nicole L. Freedman finished first for MIT. Her time of 20:35 for the 5 km (3.1 mile) race put her in third place over all.

Most important for the team's performance, however, was the fact that the next four MIT runners finished within 36 seconds of each other. Amy Rovelstad '92 crossed the line at 21:47 (10th)

overall, followed closely by Agnieszka Reiss '95 in 13th place (21:58), Gabrielle Rocap '92 in 15th (22:10) and Marjorie Delo '95 in 16th (22:23). Evelyn Kao '95 and Bridget Banas '95 rounded out the varsity seven in 19th and 23rd, respectively, with Elaine Yang '95 hot on Banas' heels.

Even though a late-running class forced Alexandra Witze '92 to take the shuttle to the Wellesley campus and arrive just five minutes before the gun went off, she finished at a decent 30th place. In an intense sprint, Gowri Rao '93 caught a competitor right at the finish line to place 31st. Patricia Foote '92 and Karen Gondoly '93 also competed for MIT.

"Now, if we could all just run a minute faster," Rovelstad commented half-jokingly after the race. Perhaps this is not as unlikely as it sounds, since the gap between the first and fifth runners decreased by over 45 seconds from the week before. Shrinking this gap will continue to be the team's challenge as it moves into its championship season this Saturday.

Amy Rovelstad '92 is a member of the women's cross country team.