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Women's X-Country Trounces RPI, WPI

By Lauren Klatsky
Team Member

The women's cross country team began its season last Saturday with a spectacular performance that earned them the coveted Engineers' Cup.

Having lost the title last year to Rochester Polytechnic Institute by a six-point margin, MIT definitively avenged their opponent by a score of 2343. Wocester Polytechnic Institute placed last in the tri-meet with 69 points.

The meet took place under sunny skies at Saratoga Springs State Park in upstate New York. After previewing the course before the race, the women felt confident they could handle the flat but challenging terrain. MIT jumped out in front from the start and held onto the lead until the finish. Janis Eisenberg '98 was the overall winner with a time of 19:08.

MIT's second finisher was Lauren Klatsky '97 who took third place with a time of 19:33. Not far behind was Shue-Fen Tung '00 who crossed the finish line after 20:00. Debbie Won '00 and Robin Evans '99 were the two final scorers for MIT in seventh and eighth places with times of 20:47 and 20:52.

The harriers' depth was demonstrated by Eve Phillips '98, Leah Nichols '00, and Tanya Zelevinsky '99 who rounded out the top eight within the first 12 places.

Coach Joe Sousa thought the team had some outstanding times for such an early part of the season. In fact, Eisenberg had a school record on the RPI course.

Sousa said that "the team has adapted well to the rigors of our training program." With many returning veterans and some talented newcomers, the women look forward to an impressive season. MIT travels to the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational next week.