Women's Cross Country Captures Engineers' CupBy Agnieszka Reiss
The MIT women's cross country team opened its season with a resounding win last Saturday. MIT defeated Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to bring home the Engineers Cup for the third year in a row. The score was MIT 19, RPI 53, and WPI 60, providing the largest margin of victory in the history of the Engineers Cup.
The day was hot and very humid, but WPI's 5 kilometer course yielded to MIT runners, who worked hard and helped each other along. In the end, MIT placed first, second, and third, as well as sixth and seventh, just shy of a sweep.
Janice Eisenberg '98 made a grand entrance to collegiate racing, winning the meet, and set a course record of 19 minutes 54 seconds. MVP in 1993 Marjie Delo '95, the former record holder, came in second, in 20:16. Lauren Klatsky '97 was third with 20:57.
Adrienne Prahler '97 and Cynthia Mowery '95 were not far behind. Prahler finished sixth in 22:27, and Mowery was seventh in 22:36. Agnieszka Reiss '95 and Kristin Persons '95 were 10th in 23:15 and 11th in 23:33, respectively.
Saturday's race was an excellent start for MIT, and the team is poised for a season of great competition and, hopefully, success. With nine veterans and 12 new runners, the team is as big and as strong as it's ever been.