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Women's Track Sets Five New Records

By Robin Evans
team member

The stands were alive on Saturday as the women's track team took a 92-54-49 victory over Regis College and Fitchburg State University. The team earned ten first places, broke three varsity and two freshmen records, and earned numerous berths in the New England and ECAC Championships while improving its record to 43.

"We scored points in all of the events and just seemed to outnumber the opponents with our multiple entries. Our new-found depth complemented our pre-existing quality nicely," said Assistant Coach Paul Slovenski.

The Engineers were led in the opening field events by Jen Boyle '96, who placed in all four throwing events. She placed first in the shot put (343/4) and discus (110-1), and second in javelin (85-1) and hammer (115-6). Her hammer throw broke the varsity record, while her discus throw qualified her for the ECACs.

Marsha Novak '96 added depth by placing in three of the throwing events with a 90-1 hammer throw, a 94-5 discus throw, and a 27-41/2 shot put. Rounding out the field were Jen Elizondo '99 and Julia Ruiz '99 who placed third and fourth in the javelin with throws of 84-2 and 72, respectively.

Elaine Chen '99 also performed well in the field events: Her 5'0" high jump broke the freshman and varsity records and qualified her to the ECACs. She also placed first in the long jump (14-101/4); teammate Christy Kalb '98 was fourth.

Rachel VanBuren '99 jumped well, earning second in the triple jump (31'61/2") and tying for fourth in the high jump with teammate Theresa Burianek '99 at 4'4".

The team's success continued in the pole vault, as the four entrants swept the event. Elizando placed first, followed by Kristen Prinn '99 and Ruiz, with Kalb in fourth.

MIT also made a clean sweep of the 100-meter hurdles. Prinn crossed the line first in a 17.77 seconds, a time good enough to qualify her for the New Englands. Kalb finished just behind her in 18.12, and VanBuren (18.46) and Burianek (18.88) left no room for the competition.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Kalb cut three seconds off her personal best time to place second in 75.26 seconds. Burianek came in fourth.

Chen finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.72 seconds, while Victoria Best '99 was fourth with 14.02. The duo scored yet again in the 200-meter dash as Chen and Best took third and fourth with times of 28.44 and 29.42, respectively.

Stephanie Hong '98 placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 68.85 seconds, followed by Nicole Sang '99, who ran 69.74 for fourth.

Runners go the distance

The distance crew also had a memorable day, claiming first in every event.

Robin Evans '99 outdistanced the field in the 800-meter run with a New Englands-qualifying time of 2 minutes, 29.16 seconds.

Lauren Klatsky '97 also earned a spot at the New Englands with her second-place, 5:12.20 finish in the 1500-meter run. She finished just two seconds behind Janis Eisenberg '98, who also took top honors in the 3000-meter run with 11:02.6.

Amalia Londono '99 captured the 5000-meter run in 23:47.8 after agreeing to "jog" through her injury.

The Engineers crossed the line second in the meet's final event, the 1600-meter relay.

"With every meet, the times keep dropping," said Assistant Coach June Parks. "I am very impressed with the level of intensity and determination in the kids this year. They are hungry," she said.

The team anticipates a good showing at the New Eight Championships this Saturday.