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Incomplete Indoor Women’s Track Places Second

Injuries and Other Factors Cause Low Turnout at University of Southern Maine Quad Cup Meet

By Deborah S. Won
TEAM MEMBER

In the second MIT women’s indoor track and field season, the Engineers took second place in a Quad Cup meet.

The team traveled north to the University of Southern Maine for competition against Bates, Coast Guard, and the host team. The squad had hoped to repeat last year’s three-way victory, but MIT fell to USM 141-172, while defeating Bates (110) and CG (100). This meet allowed the Tech tracksters to reap the benefits of their winter break workouts by turning out some nice performances both on the field and the track.

The addition of three rookies throwers helped to fill out the field event roster. Princess Imoukhuede ’02 led MIT with a first place in shot put and a second place in the weight throw. Imoukhuede’s mark in the weight throw was a remarkable 45-0, which set a new varsity record and qualified her for the All New England Championship Meet. Teammates Theresa M. Power ’00 and Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 joined Imoukhuede in placing in the shot put event. In addition, they joined Janine Buseman-Williams and Irene Lee ’02 in setting personal records in the weight throw event.

With several middle and long distance runners out for injuries or other reasons, Tech track made ends meet by distributing two entrants to each of the three distance events: 800m, 1500m, and 3000m. In the 800m, Deborah S. Won ’00 won the event by a narrow margin with a time of 2:27.7, while Chi-An Wang ’01 placed fourth with a personal best time of 2:36.9.

Having planned to race the 800m until the night before the meet, Melanie L. Harris ’01 was switched into the 1500m at the last minute in order to maximize team scoring possibilities: she took fourth place with a time of 5:29.1.

Coming back from a first half deficit in the 3K race, Won took the lead and remained in first place for a time of 10:31.7. Jantrue Ting ’00 seized 4 points with a fifth place finish in 11:57.8. MIT’s outdoor 10K record holder, Ting says she would have preferred to compete in the 5K.

In the 55m hurdles, Alyssa S. Thorvaldsen ’00 and Theresa K. Burianek ’99 started the season well placing second and seventh respectively. In her first track and field meet ever, Afua B. Banful ’03 placed second in the finals of the 55m dash with a time of 7.77 qualifying her for the N. E. Division III meet. Thorvaldsen took fourth place in the 55m. Regina Sam ’02 ran a superb 63.71 in the 400m finishing in first place. The time qualifies her for the N.E. Division III meet. In the 200m Banful and Lori A. Eich ’03 gave solid performances placing second and seventh respectively.

Tech track also performed well in the jumping events. In the pole vault, Vanessa Li ’02 placed fifth. Also placing fifth was Eich in the high jump. MIT captured three places in each of horizontal jumps. In the long jump, Burianek captured second, followed by Eich and Li in fourth and seventh, respectively. Burianek also led Tech jumpers in the triple jump, taking fourth with a jump of 31 feet, 1.5 inches. Close behind, Stephanie A. Norris ’02 took sixth followed by Li in seventh. Although small in numbers, the jumping squad started out well, and looks ahead for higher and farther distances.

MIT’s 3200m relay team placed third behind USM and Coast Guard, capturing another six points. Due to a shortage of distance runners, multi-event engineer Burianek finished off her busy day with the second leg of the relay. Harris, Ting, and Wang ran the 1st, 3rd, and anchor legs, respectively.

MIT’s 1600m relay team made an excellent showing despite the loss of two of last year’s members to graduation. The runners were replaced by two of Tech’s pole vaulters. Leading the race, Sam ran her second superb 400m for the day and handed off to vaulter Norris. The benefits of her dedication to conditioning in the past year showed during her leg of the relay. Li breezed past Coast Guard’s third leg to move MIT into the lead. Thorvaldsen’s leg was a clear-cut clincher for the relay’s exhilarating victory. Thorvaldsen completed her leg in a mere 61 seconds, giving the team a winning time of 4:32.4.

The Tech tracksters will face the same three opponents at MIT’s Johnson Athletic Center this Saturday. The team plans to avenge their loss to USM through smoother performances, having the home course advantage, and with the return some absent teammates.