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Women's Cross Country Places 19th at New Englands

By Agnieszka Reiss
Team Member

The women's cross country team placed 19th out of 28 teams from all divisions at the New England Championships at Franklin Park last Saturday.

It was a good day for MIT, better than the result might suggest. The Engineers were eighth among a competitive field of Division III teams, and even beat a few Division I teams, including Northeastern University.

The field was large, with about 200 runners in the race. At the sound of the starting gun, all 200 took off at a fast pace, vying for position as the course quickly narrowed.

First mile splits were very fast, causing the runners to hang on for the remaining two miles. Most of MIT's athletes did a good job of doing so, keeping a steady pace and running strong on the hills.

Janis Eisenberg '98 led the team with an excellent performance, finishing 26th with a time of 19 minutes, 4 seconds. Marjie Delo '95 was next for MIT, finishing 86th in 20:10.

Lauren Klatsky '97 was 101st in 20:27, Cynthia Mowery '95 was 137th in 21:21, and Agnieszka Reiss '95 was 144th in 21:41. Evelyn Kao '95 and Ann Marie McAninch '96 were MIT's sixth and seventh runners.

With this meet under its belt as a warmup, the team will travel to Babson College for the New England Women's Eight Conference Championships.