Women Runners Win One, Lose TwoBy Janis Eisenberg
On Saturday, the women's cross-country team traveled to Maine to compete in the Bowdoin College Invitational with mixed results, as the team added one win and two losses to its record.
Bowdoin finished in first place, with an impressive 23 points, followed by Bates College with 41. MIT finished third with 69 points followed by Babson College with 111.
The results of the race were not decided until close to the finish, as the Bowdoin team ran from behind to gain many places in the final mile of the course. The interesting course consisted of varied terrain like dirt roads, farm fields, and wooded paths.
Spectators scattered throughout the course added excitement to the race. Besides the usual coaches and friends, there were a number of helpful Maine officials and several dozen mooing cows in attendance. Additionally, the beautiful fall foliage and clear weather ensured an enjoyable day.
However, the scenery was not the only high point of the day for the Engineers. While the course was challenging, it was also quite fast, and many team members were pleased with their times.
Janis Eisenberg '98 placed fourth overall, with a time of 19:25. The next Engineer to cross the line was Shue-Fen Tung '00 in 11th place at 20:38. The next team members to finish came in a pack with Robin Evans '99 finishing in 18th place with a time of 21:01, followed by Debbie Won '00 in 20th, and Leah Nicols '00, as the last MIT scorer, in 21st.
The varsity team was rounded out by Lynn Cornell '97 in 31st place with a time of 22:15 and Melissa Henderson '97 in 35th place with a time of 23:09.
Although both Bowdoin and Bates placed ahead of MIT, the Engineers were glad to have had the chance to run against both of them. Both teams, (along with MIT) are ranked in the top 10 in New England.
Racing against accomplished teams like these will give the Engineers motivation to improve. MIT's one victory of the day was over Babson, the only other New England Women's Eight Conference team present. This accomplishment bodes well for the NEW 8 Championship later in the season.
This Friday the women's cross-country team will be competing in the All New England Meet at Boston's Franklin Park.