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Women's X-Country Places 2nd

By Lauren Klatsky
Team member

The women's cross country team finished second at the Wellesley College Invitational last Friday. MIT lost to Wellesley by a score of 4027. Simmons College placed third with 73 points.

The chilly autumn temperature was perfect running weather for the competitors. Glorious sunshine and beautiful foliage made the 5 kilometer course even more enjoyable.

Most of the race took place on a narrow trail in the woods surrounding Wellesley College's Lake Waban. The runners were challenged by a cross country course with varied terrain and several blind corners. They also benefited from the many spectator opportunities available on the course.

The Wellesley runners established a torrid pace from the gun. With a more conservative start, MIT had to work hard in the latter portion of the race to catch up to the Wellesley runners.

Although the team fell short of a win, Janis Eisenberg '98 was the individual champion of the race, finishing with a time of 19:33. Lauren Klatsky '97 gained ground as the race progressed, to finish second on the team and fifth overall in a time of 19:51.

The third Engineer to cross the finish line was Shue-Fen Tung '00 in a time of 20:25. Tanya Zelevinski '98 and Robin Evans '98 were the two final scorers for MIT, in places 16 and 17, with times of 20:55 and 21:06, respectively. Leah Nichols '00 and Debbie Won '00 rounded out the top seven MIT finishers, in 19th and 20th positions, with times of 21:23 and 21:38.

Coach Joe Sousa was not disappointed by the meet's results. "Our times display the fact that this was a fast and furious race," he said.

In fact, Zelevinski, Eugenia Hahn '97, and Melissa Henderson '97 all ran personal bests at the meet. In addition, Klatsky, Evans, and Lynn Cornell '97 had clocked their best times in a past meet on the Wellesley course.

The Engineers will travel to Brunswick, Maine on Saturday to compete in the Bowdoin Invitational.