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Cross Country Faces Region’s Top Teams

By Deborah S. Won

The women’s cross country team captured 16th place out of 30 teams in the annual Babson College Invitational, which included seven of the top ten New England Division III teams.

Leah G. Nichols ’00, Jantrue Ting ’00, Deborah S. Won ’00, Chi-An Wang ’01, Molly Jones, Patricia M. McAndrew ’03, and Crystal A. Russell ’03 competed on the 3.0 mile course, which was modified and slightly short of 5K due to construction. They finished with times of 20:48, 21:41, 17:57, 23:00, 22:27, 20:29, and 20:16, respectively.

MIT runs at Wellesley tri-meet

On Friday, October 8, the women competed at the traditional tri-meet hosted by Wellesley College where they finished third. Tufts University, ranked 6th in New England Division III, dominated the meet, taking seven of the top ten places and getting in 22 runners before the other two teams’ top seven.

Having anticipated Wellesley’s home-court advantage on the course on winding trails and narrow paths, MIT raced competitively. They started on an uncertain note when the starter fired the gun without having all the runners set on the line and ready to go. MIT’s runners seemed to be the last to take off from the line but did not have trouble catching up to their opponents within the first 50 meters.

Due to illness, Marissa L. Yates ’03, who had come in second for the MIT harriers at the past two meets, was unable to run.

MIT recovers from uncertain start

Benefitting from getting in a faster first mile than usual and from communicating with each other as they ran together and passed opponents together, Ting and McAndrew stepped up their level of competition to place 14th and 19th respectively with times of 20:40 and 20:58. Not far behind, Russell once again threw in one of her famous finishing kicks to gain 20 yards on the two opponents in front of her.

Although she did not catch them, her valiant efforts put her a mere one second behind a Tufts runner and a fraction of a second behind a Wellesley runner. She crossed the line at 21:06. After getting off to a good strong start, Nichols stayed strong to the end of her 22-minute even 5K.

Both Kimberly J. Seluga ’02 and Melanie L. Harris ’03 came out strong after having had to take time off and came through at 23:36 and 22:36, respectively. Wang, Seluga, and Weiner formed a nice group for the first two miles, not far behind Jones.

Wang’s final time was 22:29, Jones’ 22:56, and Weiner’s, in her first away cross country meet, 24:14. Margaret F. Nervegna ’01 and Aimee R. Ginley ‘03 are still resting from competition due to injuries.