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Women's Track Opens Season

By Kristin Ratliff and Agnieszka Reiss
Team Members

The MIT women's track team began its small meet season last Saturday with a double loss to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Engineer's Cup. RPI won the meet with 84 points, followed by WPI with 73 points and MIT with 34 points.

MIT had two event winners: Jen Boyle '96 in the shot put and Cynthia Mowery '95 in the 400-meter run. Boyle's winning throw of 35' 7.5'' qualified her to compete in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference in May. Mowery won the 400-meter run with a time of 66.06 seconds, and then came back to finish fourth in the 200-meter dash in 30.19 seconds.

The throwing events turned out to be MIT's strongest point. Kristin Ratliff '95 finished second in both the discus and shot put events, throwing 114' 6'' and 35' 2.5'' respectively. Boyle came in third in the javelin throw with a distance of 78 feet. She also placed third in the discus with a 90' 9'' throw.

Vanda Merriman '94 made her debut in the long jump, and scored two points for third place with a 13' 2.5'' jump. Kristin Dalzell '97 scored two points as well in the long jump.

In the distance events, Marjie Delo '95 doubled in the 1500 and 3000-meter runs. She placed third in each event, running at 5:24 and 11:50 in each race respectively. Agneiszka Reiss '95 finished second in the 5000-meter run in 20:21. Lauren Klatsky '97 finished fourth in the 800-meter run in 2:40. MIT's lone high hurdler Mary Hamilton '97 added her point, finishing fourth in 20.63 seconds.