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Women's X-C 2nd at Bowdoin

By June Park and Agnieszka Reiss
Team Members

The women's cross country team traveled to Freeport, Maine last Saturday and placed second at the Bowdoin Invitational Meet.

The meet featured Bowdoin's nationally ranked team, strong competition from Wheaton College and Babson College, as well as a course that was being mowed through cow pastures (that were occupied) even as the teams were warming up. The final score was Bowdoin 19, MIT 55, Wheaton 72, and Babson 103.

One of MIT's goals was to penetrate the massive group of Bowdoin's front runners. Janis Eisenberg '98 and Marjie Delo '95 were equal to the task, appearing as dots of crimson against Bowdoin's sea of black and white. Eisenberg placed second running the 5 kilometer course in 19 minutes, 33 seconds, which was 27 seconds behind Bowdoin's Darcy Storin. Delo recovered from a fall in the first mile to finish 8th in 20:24.

Lauren Klatsky '97 was MIT's third runner, placing 16th in 21:02. Agnieszka Reiss '95 and Evelyn Kao '95 were not far behind, finishing 19th in 22:05 and 26th in 22:36, respectively.

Susan Woodmansee '98 and Rebecca Metrick '98 rounded out the top seven for MIT. Woodmansee was 33rd in 23:24, and Metrick was 36th in 23:43. Fifty-one runners competed in the event.

When asked about his impressions of the meet, Coach Joe Sousa said, "I saw everything except Joan Benoit. I saw Susan run her best race of the season, I saw the Bowdoin coach trying to get the cows off the course by talking to them, I saw Marjie fall in a ditch and nearly get trampled, and I saw all my athletes scraping cow patties off their shoes."

Saturday's meet was the last of the small meets for the season. MIT finished the small meet season with a 72 record.

The team was ranked seventh in this week's New England Division III Coaches' Poll. Next on the agenda are the All New England Championships at Franklin Park on Saturday, and then the New England Women's Eight championships.