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Women's X-Country Finishes 11th In New England Regional Meet

By Lauren B. Klatsky
Team Member

The women's cross-country team finished 11th in a strong field of 33 teams at the New England Division III Regional meet on Saturday at the University of Southern Maine.

At the awards ceremony, three MIT runners were named to the All New England Division III team, which consists of the top 35 out of 211 finishers. Janis H. Eisenberg '98 finished 20th place, Eve Phillips '99 finished 24th, and Lauren B. Klatsky '97 finished 34th place.

The top four teams and top seven individuals will represent the New England region at the Division III National Championship meet this coming weekend in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Coach Joseph A. Sousa said the team "ran well under hard conditions." He said that the next season looks promising, with five of his top seven runners returning.

The meet took place on a golf course which was muddy in some places and soggy in others. The Engineers had faced worse conditions at previous meets and therefore were confident going into the race that they could perform well. When the gun went off, MIT fought for position as the mass of runners were forced to merge into a narrower path. The grass on this portion of the course was quite wet and many runners lost their footing, including Phillips.

Despite the fact that there were no major hills, the course was rolling throughout its entire 3.1-mile expanse. But after a season of intelligent training, the Engineers responded well to this particular landscape.

Eisenberg crossed the finish line with a time of 19:12. She missed qualifying for the National Championship by just 13 seconds. After recovering from her spill, Phillips finished only five seconds behind in 19:17. Klatsky threw in a kick at the end, passing six runners in the last 100 meters and completing the course in 19:31.

Captain Ann M. McAninch '96 and freshman Amalia Londono '99 also finished as a duo, taking the 126th and 128th places in times of 21:42 and 21:49, respectively. MIT's last two runners finished well despite injuries. Robin C. Evans '99 took 142nd place after 22:09 with a sore ankle, and Lynn D. Cornell '96 fought knee pain to finish 164th in a time of 23:26.

Saturday's meet displayed "some of the fiercest competition that Division III has ever seen," Sousa said. The winning individual, a sophomore from Williams, broke the previous record for the course. She had won the honor of All New England champion out of all NCAA divisions earlier in the season.