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Women's Cross Country Ends with Strong Finish

By Agnieszka Reiss
Team Member

The women's cross country team finished its season with a strong performance at the NCAA Division III New Englands meet at UMass Dartmouth Saturday. MIT finished 14th among 28 teams -- the team's best finish ever.

Marjie Delo '95 was the lead runner for MIT, covering the five kilometer course in 19 minutes, 4 seconds to finish third. Bridget Banas was 75th in her fastest time of the season, 19:53.

Lauren Klatsky '97 and Adrienne Prahler '97 came in 91st and 94th in 20:23 and 20:26, respectively. Agnieszka Reiss '95 was 111th in 20:42.

The race was very fast, with 216 runners representing 37 schools. According to Prahler, "The course was quick and the competition was fierce. . . . I've never run so fast in my life."

Overall, MIT had a successful season. The team improved significantly over last year and finished with a 5-1 record. Banas said, "All the veterans worked hard and improved steadily. Also, a really promising group of freshmen strongly augmented the team's performance."