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Women's Cross Country Races to 4th Place Finish

By Agnieszka Reiss
Team Member

The women's cross country team is now ranked 10th among Division III teams in New England according to the Boston Globe Coaches' Poll. This comes on the heels of an excellent performance at the Rhode Island College Ray Dwyer Invitational meet last Saturday.

MIT came in fourth in a competitive field of 12 teams, scoring 98 points. Springfield College, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and Wellesley College finished ahead of MIT.

The race got off to a dramatic start for MIT. Number one runner Janis Eisenberg '98 fell going into a narrow passage just after the mass start and lay on the ground with her arms covering her head as 100 others ran past and over her. She didn't let the mishap ruin her race, though. She got up and ran to fifth place with a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds.

Marjie Delo '95 and Lauren Klatsky '97 were not far behind Eisenberg at the finish. Delo took ninth place in 20:10 and Klatsky took 17th in 20:25. Cynthia Mowery '95 was 30th in 21:10, and Agnieszka Reiss '95 was 40th in 21:38.

Adrienne Prahler '97, who missed the last meet because of an injury, came back to place 45th in 21:46. Ann Marie McAninch '96 passed several other runners with a strong kick near the finish, and crossed the line 52nd in 21:56.

Overall, Saturday was an excellent day for MIT. There was some disappointment, since MIT won this meet a year ago and was unable to defend its title. However, the level of competition was much higher this year.

Almost all of MIT's athletes ran faster than a year ago. Some, like Klatsky, by over a minute.