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Cross Country Wins Engineer's Cup; Water Polo Picks Up First Victory

By Roger Crosley
Director of sports information

The MIT men's cross country team captured the annual Engineers Cup meet over the weekend for the seventh time in the last eight years. MIT defeated Rensselaer and WPI in the competition by placing seven runners in the top 10. Leading the way for MIT was Mark Strauss '01. Strauss covered the five mile course in 24:38.36. In the women's competition, MIT placed second to Rensselaer. Taking individual honors in the meet, however, was MIT's Debbie Won '00. Won covered the 3.1 mile course in 18:44.12 winning the individual title by more than a minute.

MIT volleyball player Betsy Sailhamer '99 was named to the all-tournament team at last weekend's Gordon College Invitational. The Engineers finished third out of six teams.

MIT picked up its first water polo victory of the season last weekend by defeating Fordham University by a score of 1514 with three seconds remaining in an overtime game. Jeff Colton '02 scored the winner. Colton tallied 10 of the Engineers' 15 points in the match.

The women's sailing team made waves at the Man Labs Regatta and the Laser Radial Invite this past weekend. On Saturday Jessica Lackey '00 and Carla Pellicano '01 picked up first place in the A division race, and Jen Kelly '99 and Susanna Mierau '00 finished on top of the B division.

Lackey continued her success into Sunday by finishing first at the Laser Radial Invite, two points ahead of Coast Guard's Gina Chechak, and five points ahead of teammate Kelly, who finished in third place.

Two MIT women have been named honorable mention selections by the US Rowing Collegiate Academic All-America Awards selection committee. Sue Dey '98 and Jeanne Tomaszewski '01 are two of the 16 athletes nationwide to receive the honor. To qualify for the team, an athlete must have completed his or her sophomore year, row in the varsity boat a league championship, and maintain a 4.0 average on the 5.0 scale.

The final 199798 Intercolle-giate Tennis rankings have been released and MIT finished the season ranked 19th in the country in Division III. Eric Chen '00 was ranked 20th in singles. Chen and teammate Ben Cooke '00 were the 13th ranked doubles team in Division III.