Women's Track Takes Second at Bates MeetBy Melanie Harris
On Saturday January 30, the women's indoor track team once again surpassed expectations to score 187 points against Williams College (200), Smith College (93), Bates College (81), and Mt. Holyoke College (55).
Throughout the meet the Lady Engineers led in scoring, starting off with an incredible second place 4x200m relay run by Elaine Chen '99, Deepa Patel '01, Adeline Kuo '02, and Renee Bowen '00. This group ran an amazing relay as they came from behind to finish just behind the first place team.
The sprinters were also on fire as they placed fourth in the 55m dash. Chen finished well under the New England's as well as the ECAC's qualifying mark with a second place finish and time of 7.74. This mark also broke the school record. Kuo finished fourth with a 7.87. Alyssa Thorvaldsen '00 took sixth with a 7.94 and Bowen placed seventh with an 8.09.
In the 55m hurdles, Thorvaldsen won the event with a 9.09 and Lila French '99 placed sixth in 9.74. Both times qualified the runners for the New England's.
Bowen, Kuo and Chen swept the 200m competition. All three runners qualified for New England's. Bowen ran a new school record of 28.05 and Kuo set the rookie record with a 28.38. Chen finished close behind at 28.45.
The 4x400m relay team made a good show by placing second with a new record of 4:20.8. It was run by Kuo, Chen, Kay Sullivan '02, and Bowen.
Princess Imoukhuede '02 led the team in throws with her power and strength. In the weight throw she placed seventh, with a school and rookie record of 39'4". She then placed third with another varsity and rookie record in the shot put with a distance of 37' 9 1/2".
The field event participants took four scoring places in every jumping event. Helen Lee '02 earned fourth in the triple jump for a school and rookie record of 31'7 1/2". Vanessa Li '02 placed fifth, qualifying for New England's with 31'6". Mia Heavener '00 placed seventh with 28' 1/4" and Mealani Nakamura '00 finished eighth with 26'4 1/2".
In the high jump, Sullivan and Chen soared over the bar for second and third place, both qualifying to ECAC's and tying the school record of 5'1/4". Lee and Heavener followed closely with fifth and sixth places at the height of 4'6".
In pole vaulting Stephanie Norris '02, French, and Li finished first, second and third respectively. Norris and French both vaulted 9'6" for the school record. Li cleared 8'6" and Sullivan placed seventh at 7'.
Jumpers extrordinaire Li, Chen and French placed fifth, sixth and eighth in the long jump with powerful leaps of 14'9 1/4", 14'7 3/4", and 13'11 3/4" respectively.
Middle Distance events were out in full-force as Bowen, Sullivan, and Li placed third, fourth, and seventh in the 400m, with times of 63.96, 64.75, 69.26. Milena Yamaykina '02 went out strong to place seventh in the 600m with a varsity and rookie record time of 1:49.55, as Tanya Zelevinsky '99 placed eighth in 1:51.7. The middle distance runners kept up the pace in the 800m as Christina Cosman '01 placed sixth with a 2:43.46. Theresa Burianek '99 debuted in this race with a seventh place finish and time of 2:57.49. Close to her was Lisa Scoppettuolo '02 in 3:03 for eighth place.
Melanie Harris '01 broke the varsity record with a 3:15.29 for a sixth place finish in the 1000m, qualifying for New England's. Chi-An Wang '01 placed eighth in the 1000m. She also qualified for New England's with her time of 3:19.6. In the 4x800m, middle and long distance runners Harris, Cosman, Yamaykina, and Debbie Won '00 combined forces to run a strong second place finish and varsity record of 10:22.4.
The distance events went well as Harris placed fourth in the 1500m, setting a personal record and also qualifying for New England's. Patricia Diaz '00 Started the day well by winning her heat and placing eight with a time of 5:22.72. Diaz then came back on an incredible double to run the 5000m in 20:19.4 for fifth place to qualify for New England's.
Won made history by being the first ever woman in the eight year history of MIT women's track and field to qualify for nationals. Won, who is also undefeated in the 3000m and 5000m races this season, ran an amazing race to place first in the 5000m with a time of 18:04.35 and qualifying provisionally for nationals.
This Saturday the women will be racing at home in the first ever co-ed indoor track invitational held at MIT.