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Women's Cross Country Finishes Third at Smith

By Lauren Klatsky
team member

MIT finished third at the New England Women's Eight Cross Country Championship at Smith College last Saturday.

With a score of 82 points, the Engineers were defeated by Wellesley College and Wheaton College, which received scores of 39 and 54, respectively. In addition to the team's strong performance, Lauren Klatsky '97 and Janis Eisenberg '98 were named to the all-conference team.

Beautiful autumn weather masked the difficulty the runners faced on Smith's demanding cross country course. Although the first portion was mostly downhill, a challenging incline awaited the runners at the mile mark.

The terrain flattened at the midpoint, allowing the athletes to recover before the worst part of the course, a steep 200 meter uphill. After reaching the top of the incline, the runners had a fast half mile left before the finish.

The Engineers got off to a slower-than-ideal start and worked as hard as they could to make up lost ground. Klatsky fell behind at least 20 other women at the gun but moved her way up to the lead pack by the end of the race. She finished in third place with a time of 19:51.

Eisenberg and Shue-Fen Tung '00 also hung tough, finishing in the 10th and 17th spots with times of 20:28 and 20:44, respectively. Leah Nichols '00 and Debbie Won '00 put in strong efforts, crossing the finish line within two seconds of each other. They came in 26th and 28th places as the clock read 21:15 and 21:17, respectively.

Tanya Zelevinski '99 and Robin Evans '99 rounded out the varsity squad in 30th and 31st positions with times of 21:24 and 21:27.

Any of the three top teams could have won, making the race very competitive. Coach Joe Sousa said that Wellesley and Wheaton were just the better teams on that particular day.

The team looks forward to their next race - the New England Division III Qualifying meet in two weeks - and hopes to make their best showing ever in that meet.

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This story was published on Tuesday.
Volume 116, Number 54.
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