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Women's Cross Country Dominates First Meet

By Janis Eisenberg
Team Member

The women's cross country team competed in their first meet of the season on Saturday, winning the Engineer's Cup.

MIT has traditionally done well in this annual event against Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The team entered the meet as defending champions and was proud to bring home the trophy for another year.

The team scores, MIT 28, RPI 31, and WPI 77, show that the race between MIT and RPI was close. The MIT team worked on staying close together during the five kilometer race, which helped people achieve faster times. The top three finishers were Janis Eisenberg '98 in first place with a time of 18:45, Debra Won '00 in third at 18:51 and Shue-Fen Tung '00 in fourth at 19:01. All three runners stayed close throughout the race.

The other four varsity runners also ran as a group, going across the one mile mark at essentially the same time. However, Robin Evans '99 pulled away to finish in ninth place at 20:11. She was closely followed by Melanie Harris '01 who finished in 11th place with a time of 20:25. Leah Nichols '00 placed 13th with 20:40 and Margaret Nervegna '01 finished in 14th place with 20:48.

Several junior varsity members also ran well. Tanya Zelevinsky '99 finished 17th at 21:22 while Patricia Diaz '00 captured 18th place with 21:30. The day's results show that some runners trained hard over the summer. Many team members ran personal bests, including Won and Diaz who both improved by over a minute.

Coach Sousa was pleased with the progress of returning members, commenting on the confidence the team displayed as a result of the experience gained last year.

Additionally, he was impressed by the performance of the freshmen, especially Harris and Nervegna who ran excellent first collegiate races. The team will return to WPI later in the season for the NEW 8 Championships.

Next week they will compete in the UMASS-Dartmouth Invitational, a meet with teams from throughout New England.