Women's Track Wins Vs. WPI, Falls to RPIBy Robin Evans
The women's track and field team traveled to Rochester Polytechnic Institute last Saturday to face the host team and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the annual Engineer's Cup meet. The women out-ran WPI and in fact doubled its team score, but unfortunately lost to RPI.
The meet was nevertheless highlighted with several new MIT records. In the high jump, Elaine Chen '99 leapt 4'10" to set a new freshman and varsity record. Rachel VanBuren '99 recorded another freshman and varsity record in the triple jump with a flight of 32'4.5" and Jennifer Boyle '96 set a new varsity record of 104'4" in the hammer throw.
On the track, Robin Evans '99 clocked 2:30.66 in the 800m run for yet another freshman and varsity record. Chen sprinted past the field to win the 100m dash in 13.81s and also placed in the long jump. Boyle placed in a total of four field events throughout the day.
Janis Eisenberg '98 took the win in the 3000m with a time of 11:14 and second place in the 1500m in 5:13.42.
Two already set for New Englands
The team also competed well in its first meet on March 30 at Bridgewater State College.
The atmosphere was especially relaxed in this unscored meet and the athletes were free to compete in the events of their choosing. Some enthusiastic women competed in as many as six events. The squad was not out in full because of spring break here, but the athletes who competed performed strongly.
In an impressive showing for the first meet, two women have already qualified to the New England Championships, which will be held at Colby College early next month. Chen clocked 13.70 to qualify in the 100-meter dash and Eisenberg finished second in the 3000 with a qualifying time of 11:14.02.
Other highlights included a victory by VanBuren in the triple jump and second places earned by Lauren Klatsky '97 in the 1500 and Chen in the long jump.
The coaches were pleased with the team's performance. "We used this meet to help evaluate where we have the potential to go," said assistant coach June Parks. "Despite it being spring break, the kids that turned out performed extremely well in the events they wanted to try."
The team's next meet is Saturday at Colby College.