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Cross country places fourth

By Amy Rovelstad

The women's cross country team put in a gratifying performance this past Saturday at the New England Women's 8 Championship. With 124 points, MIT placed fourth in a field of strong competitors.

Brandeis University, with one of the highest ranked Division III teams in the country, won the meet with 26 points, followed by Smith College (45 points) and Wellesley College (89 points). Mt. Holyoke College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, teams which had beaten MIT in previous meets, finished next with 129 and 141 points, respectively.

The Wellesley course made for an unusual but fast race. It started with a short sprint across a

soccer field, then quickly funneled down to a narrow three-meter path as the runners circled a field hockey field, then followed a broken sidewalk to a path in the woods.

For the next two miles, squirrels were nearly the only spectators as the runners raced around a lake on dirt paths through woods blooming with full New England color. The first two and a half miles were either a gradual downhill or flat, which left the last half mile to make up the difference in altitude. Two steep grades in the last tenth of a mile tested the runners' strength to the very end.

The MIT runners emerged from the woods to cross the

finish line in very good times. Nicole Freedman '94 earned conference honors by placing third in 19:21. Many of the other runners clocked near their best times ever, despite the grueling finish. Amy Rovelstad '92 and Agnieszka Reiss '95 finished 23rd and 31st, respectively. Evelyn Kao '95 moved up to take 4th for MIT, finishing just two seconds ahead of Marjorie Delo '95.

"We got their attention," said coach Joe Sousa. "We'll be the team to watch for in the near future." The team has two meets left in the season, which ends Nov. 16th.

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