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Women's Cross Country Wins Engineer's Cup

By Paul S. Grewal

The women's cross country team started off the season well last Saturday by soundly defeating both WPI and RPI at the Engineer's Cup. Tech led with an impressive point margin: 26 to WPI's 50 and RPI's 55. The last time MIT won the Cup was in 1987.

Leading the team were Marjorie Delo '95, Agnieszka Reiss '95, Gowri Rao '93, and Stefanie Spencer '93, who finished second, third, fourth and seventh respectively. They were followed by Ann Marie McAnich '96, Cynthia Mowery '95, and Bridget Banas '95, who all finished in the top 13.

"The quick early pace helped us a lot. We worked really well together, and overall it was just a good day for the team," Reiss said.

Coach Joseph Sousa attributes the win to the the lead runners' ability to stay close together during the race. This minimizes the point total for the team, which is determined by adding the places finished of the first five runners. Sousa feels that the large margin of victory was due largely to the minimal time difference between MIT's first and fifth place runners.

Despite the loss of last year's top runner to transfer, this year's team has a depth unseen in recent years.

"The large number of freshmen and sophomores this year is good news for the future. We have a lot of good runners who will be here for the next few years," Rao said.

"I can honestly say that this team has great potential," Sousa said. The challenge for the team lies in realizing this potential in the coming weeks.