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Women's Indoor Track Places Third at Quad Cup Meet

By ElaineChen and Lila French
Team Members

The women's indoor track team continued to surpass everyone's expectations in last Saturday's seven team quad cup meet. With 94 points, MITwas able to defeat Colby (88), Smith (54), Bates (39), and Mt. Holyoke (29), but placed behind the Tufts (173) and Bowdoin (162) squads.

MIT continued its record-breaking season, setting varsity records in 12 of the 18 events. The team's third place finish in this meet brings its overall season record to 73.

The meet started off on a high note with Princess Imoukhuede '02 throwing the 20 pound weight 37' 0.25", earning her a seventh place finish. In the shot put, Imoukhuede took fourth with an excellent throw of 35' 3.25".

In the jumps, the lady Engineers hoped to utilize its strong and deep jump squad against the competition. Co-captain Lila French '99 managed seventh in the long jump with a leap of 14'7", while frosh jumper Helen Lee '02 set a new MITtriple jump record with a 31' 1 1/2" jump to take eighth. Kay Sullivan '02, took seventh place in the high jump with a height of 4' 9.5". Both Sullivan and French earned points in all five events they competed in.

The pole vault remained MIT's premiere event, as the team's powerhouse pole vaulting squad racked up the points by placing first, second, fourth and sixth. Stephanie Norris '02 and French both ended up cleared 9'3", but Norris took the event on misses to stay undefeated this season. Vanessa Li '02 cleared a season best 8' 3", and Sullivan's 7' 3" mark qualifies her for the Division III meet.

On the track, the team was jump-started by an exciting come-from-behind race in the 4x200 meter race. Regina Sam '02 handed off to Sullivan with the Engineers in fourth place. Sullivan was able to pass Colby and pullMITclose to Smith. French, running the third leg of the race, whizzed by Smith. In the anchor position, Adeline Kuo '02 was able to hold on to give the team a second place finish with a 1:54.12. The team shaved over two seconds off the previous school record despite running without top sprinter Renee Bowen '00.

In the 1500 meter race, Debbie Won '00 took fourth place with a time of 4:58.10, breaking her own varsity record. Won led the team with a whopping 14 individual points for the day and qualified for the ECAC meet.

In the 55 meter hurdles, Alyssa Thorvaldsen '00 and French placed fourth and eighth respectively. French clocked in at 9.90 during the trials. Thorvaldsen tore up the track with a record breaking 9.05. Thorvaldsen's time ranks her among the top six hurdlers in New England Division III.

In the 55 meter dash, Kuo recorded a blistering 7.75 to qualify her for the Division III meet. Her time also broke both the varsity and rookie records. She finished fifth in the finals, followed by Bowen in eighth. In the 200 meter race, it was Kuo and Bowen scoring again. The dynamic duo ran 28.60 and 28.63 to place sixth and seventh, respectively. Kuo broke the varsity and rookie records in that event.

In the middle distance events, Bowen led the way for Tech in the 400 meter race. Despite illness and injury, Bowen still ran a 63.39 to break the school record and place third. She was joined in that event by Sullivan, who finished eighth in 65.91. In the 600 meter race, Milena Yamaykina '02 broke the varsity and rookie records with a time of 1:49.84.

Next up on the track was the 800 meter run where Chi-An Wang '01 placed fifth with a 2:32.29, just .05 second off the New England Division III qualifying mark. Fellow sophomore Melanie Harris took seventh in the 1000 meter with a 3:20.81, cutting almost four seconds off the varsity record she set the previous week, but also just missing the qualifying mark for the New England Division III qualifying mark of 3:20.24.

In the 3000 meter race, Rose Radin '02 ran a 11:26.37 to set the rookie record and qualify for the Division III meet. Radin was joined in the 3000m by Won. Won came into the meet ranked behind Colby's top 3000m runner, who started the race at a break-neck pace. But as the Colby runner started to fade later in the race, Won stepped up and gained ground on the Colby runner. Won passed her opponent and widened the gap to finish first in the event. Won remains undefeated this season in the 3000m. Her time of 10:26.76 shattered the 3000 meter record by almost 30 seconds. Won now ranks second in New England Division III in the 3000 meter race.

Going into the final two relays, MIT was just barely ahead of Colby. Sam, Sullivan, Chen and French teamed up for the 4x400m and finished fourth. Their time of 4:24.55 knocked off almost nine seconds from the previous record. Not to be outdone, the 4x800 meter team of Wang, Patri Diaz '00, Radin, and Yamaykina ran a record-breaking 10:47.96 to also place fourth.

The team has certainly burst onto the New England track circuit in its first varsity season. After only three meets, MIT already has 17 qualifiers for the Division III Championships and 7 for the ECAC Championships. MIT looks forward to keeping the momentum in next week's meet against Bates College, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, Williams College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.