Women Harriers Fail to Beat Wellesley, Place 3rd at MeetBy Janis Eisenberg
Every team has some rival they'd love to beat; for women's cross country, that team is Wellesley College. Unfortunately, the Engineers will have to wait until next year to accomplish their goal. MIT placed third in the Wellesley College Invitational on Saturday, with 51 points. Wellesley won the meet with a score of 36, and Tufts took second with 43.
The teams' top runners were quite evenly matched, with each placing three in the top nine places. From MIT, Janis Eisenberg '98 came in second in 19:20. Right behind her were Debbie Won '00 in fourth with a time of 19:44 and Shuefen Tung '00 who ran 20:13 for eighth place.
The next four MIT runners finished close together. Tanya Zelevinsky '99 continued her excellent season, with a 19th place finish and a time of 21:33. She was followed by Robin Evans '99, who finished in 21:40 to place 22nd. In a pack of Wellesley and Tufts runners, Margaret Nervegna '01 and Jantrue Ting '00 finished in 26th and 27th places with times of 21:54 and 21:58, respectively.
The race started off fast, across a grass field and down a hill. The team was prepared for the pace and attempted to get ahead before the course entered the somewhat narrow trails. The rest of the race was run mainly in the field. It was a beautiful course, especially because of the fall colors.
The team's next competition is at home today, at the All New England Championships in Franklin Park, Boston.