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Women's Cross Country Finishes Fourth at R.I. College Invitational

By Paul Grewal
Coming off last week's win at the Engineer's Cup in Worcester, Mass., the women's cross-country team placed a strong fourth at the Rhode Island College Invitational. Competing against 12 other teams on a warm and rainy afternoon this past Saturday, the team continued its impressive development, finishing behind only the United States Coast Guard Academy, UMass-Dartmouth, and Bryant College.

The Engineers once again demonstrated their overall depth, closing the gap between their first and seventh place runners to 2 minutes 50 seconds. Led by Agnieszka Reiss '95 and Marjorie Delo '95, the team scored 131 points, falling 89 points off the strong winning mark set by the USCGA. Stefanie Spencer '93, Cynthia Mowery '95, Gowri Rao '93, Ann Marie McAnich '96, and Bridgett Banas '95 finished out the top seven places for MIT.

The density of the race pack posed an early challenge for the runners. Spencer said, "There were about 120 runners all trying to establish their positions at the start. It was hard to get into a comfortable pace." Spencer's strong finish betrayed the fact that this was only her second intercollegiate race.

Coach Joe Sousa was once again pleased with the team's ability to run as a single unit. "Our group dynamic just keeps getting stronger. We're really running these races as a team, and not just as individual runners," he said.

Though pleased with their progress, the team has little time to reflect on their achievements. Next Saturday, MIT travels south once again for a race at Connecticut College.