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Women's Track Does Well at Meet

By Janis Eisenberg and Robin Evans
Team Members

The women's track team had a ground-breaking meet on Saturday at Colby College, highlighted by the performances of the school's first-ever female pole vaulters. Although the team lost to Colby and Bowdoin College, they garnered their biggest win of the season over Bates College.

The team rose to the challenge as they faced stiff competition from these high-quality track teams and achieved many personal best performances. "In order for a team to improve it must strive for excellence. Only by running against teams of this caliber is this possible," Head Coach Joe Sousa said.

The field event athletes had a hectic day as many events were held simultaneously but fared well as the day rushed by.

Jennifer Boyle '96 placed first in the discus with a throw of 102'6", third in the shot put in a New England Championship Qualifying with a throw of 33'11.5", and fourth in the javelin with a throw of 88'4". Boyle topped off her day by qualifying to the ECAC Championships in the hammer throw with a heave of 114'4".

Also placing in the throwing events were Marsha Novak '96 in the discus and, in her first meet, Julie Ruiz '99 in the javelin.

Ruiz and Jennifer Elizando '99 made history as the school's first female pole vaulters as they cleared the bar at 4'7.5" and 6'.5", respectively to claim first and second.

In other events, Elaine Chen '99 scored fourth place in the high jump with 4'8" as well as fifth in the long jump with a leap of 15'5". In the triple jump, Rachel VanBuren '99 placed fifth (31'5.5"), and in the high jump she was sixth. Kristen Prinn '99 placed eighth in the long jump, and Cristy Kalb '97 and Theresa Bruianek '99 added depth by participating in all three jumping events.

The team's success continued onto the track as the 4x100 relay of Chen, Nicole Sang '99, Prinn ,and Shawn Atlow '97 sprinted to third.

In individual competition, Chen placed sixth in the 100m dash, earning herself a berth in the ECAC Championships. Also qualifying for this meet was Janis Eisenberg '98 in the 3000m with a time of 10:59. Eisenberg also placed second in a hard-fought 1500m, finishing in 5:05. The other scoring distance runner was Robin Evans '99 who finished sixth in the 800m.

The 100m hurdlers scored many points as they earned four out of the top eight places. Prinn paced the group with a fourth place (18.04), followed by Kalb (18.10), Bruianek (18.32), and VanBuren (18.33). Kalb rounded out a busy afternoon by scoring in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:18.48.

The end of the meet was especially exciting as the team scrambled together relays and narrowed the score. The 4x400m team of Corina Serna '99, Kalb, Sang, and Evans placed fourth, and the 4x800m team of Eisenberg, Burianek, Rebecca Metrick '98, and Serna was also fourth, bringing the team's score to 76 points.

"Something I'll never forget was the effort turned in by Serna, volunteering to run in back-to-back relays," Assistant Coach Paul Slavinsky said.

Although the team was still behind Bates at this point, the shot put results moved the score up to 82.5 points to edge out Bates with a 2.5 point margin.

"The coaches were extremely proud of the way the women performed against such high-caliber competition. Each and every one of them gave it all they had for the team," Slavinsky said.

The team will have a chance to add more victories to its record as the season continues with the Fitchburg Invitational on Saturday.