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Women Harriers End Meet Season at 5-1

By Agnieszka Reiss
Team Member

The women's cross country team finished their small meet season with a 5-1 record. The team's first loss came on Oct. 16 when the Engineers were overpowered 43-17 by third ranked Bowdoin College.

The race began very quickly, with MIT's top runners trying to keep up with Bowdoin. By the finish, however, Marjie Delo '95 was the only one able to crack their top seven. Delo finished fourth with a personal best time of 19 minutes, 1 second.

Bridget Banas '95 and Agnieszka Reiss '95 finished ninth and 11th in 19:48 and 20:02 respectively. Lauren Klatsky '97 came in 16th in 20:19, and Adrienne Prahler '97 finished a minute later in 17th. Kristin Persons '95 and AnneMarie McAninch '96 completed MIT's varsity team, finishing 19th and 20th.

The highlight of the meet came about halfway through the race, where the course passed through a field of cows. Unaccustomed to runners in their midst, the cows became frightened, and broke into a run just as McAninch passed them.

Despite a sound beating, the MIT team was happy with the meet. They all had run well, but there was no beating Bowdoin, whose first two runners finished the 5-kilometer course in 18:07 and 18:08. A fast course, superior competition, and, perhaps, being chased by cows, helped MIT post excellent times. Coach Joe Sousa was more encouraged than discouraged by the loss. In all, the meet was good preparation for the upcoming championships, he said.