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Women's Cross Country Takes Third Place

By Agnieszka Reiss

team captain

The women's cross country team turned in a third place performance at last Saturday's New England Women's Eight championships, scoring 69 points to Mt. Holyoke's 41 and Wellesley's 61. This was one of the best finishes MIT has had in the past few years at the NEW Eights.

Leaders Marjorie Delo '95 and Stefanie Spencer '93, who finished the five kilometer course sixth and seventh in 20:12 and 20:20, respectively, were named to the 1992 All-Conference team.

Spencer, who is only in her first season of running, was very pleased with the meet. She said, "It was a very good race. The course was relatively easy, and there were lots of people out there playing music and cheering us on. Such a festive atmosphere made me want to run fast."

Delo and Spencer were followed by the sophomore contingent of Agnieszka Reiss in 13th place with a time of 20:34, Bridget Banas and Cynthia Mowery in 21st and 22nd with times of 21:19 and 21:24, and Evelyn Kao in 32nd place nineteen seconds later. Another few seconds went by and Gowri Rao '93 rounded out MIT's varsity ranks by finshing 35th.

Saturday's race was a strong overall team performance, according to coach Joe Sousa. "The MIT women have a lot of potential. We'll be working hard over the next few weeks, preparing for our last two meets. Hopefully we'll be able to do well there," he said.

MIT's next meet is the All New England meet, which takes place today at Boston's Franklin Park.