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Women's Cross Country Wins

By Agnieszka Reiss
Team Member

The women's cross country team began its season with two big victories, and is starting to turn some heads. On Sept. 25, a week after defending the Engineer's Cup against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Engineers won the Rhode Island College Ray Dwyer Invitational.

This meet was "a tremendous success for the team," said Coach Joe Sousa. "The competition was stiff, but everyone worked hard and we were able to come out ahead." MIT scored 62 points, edging out Bryant College (65 points) and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (66 points). Out of 127 runners, MIT placed four in the top fifteen.

Marjorie Delo '95 finished the five-kilometer course with MIT's fastest time in 20 minutes, 57 seconds -- good for eighth overall. Bridget Banas '95 was close behind, finishing eleventh overall in 21:10. Agnieszka Reiss '95 finished fourteenth eight seconds later, followed immediately by Lauren Klatsky '97. Adrienne Prahler '97 finished 21st, AnnMarie McAninch '96 finished 39th, and Kristin Persons '95 finished 41st.

"A race like this shows we have great depth," said Banas. "Coast Guard had the first and second finishers, but their fifth, sixth. and seventh runners weren't up there. Our's were, and that's why we won."

At the Engineer's Cup on Sept. 18, MIT won by scoring 36 points against WPI's 40 points and RPI's 48 points. Delo led the Engineers , finishing third overall in 20:29, followed by Klatsky in fourth place in 20:43. Reiss and Prahler finished seventh and tenth, and Persons finished twelfth. "We're off to a great start," said McAninch. "What we have to do now is work very hard to keep it up."