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Women’s Track Places Second in Home Meet

0By Deborah S. Won

MIT Track competed in two meets over the past two weeks, placing second in a Quad meet hosted by MIT and third in a close meet at the University of Southern Maine.

At the MIT Quad Cup, the Engineers placed second to Division II school UMass Lowell.

MIT’s throwers started the team off strong in the weight throw. Princess Imoukhuede ‘02 knocked the notorious Bates throwers from their pedestal and throwing the 20-lb. weight 50’5 1/2”. This mark not only smashed the previous varsity record she set the previous week, but also qualified her provisionally for Div. III NCAA championships.

Vanessa Li ’02 and Stephanie A. Norris ’02 secured the top two places with a strategic move to clear an impressive height of 9’3” instead of moving on to 9’6” confident that they could clear that height in fewer attempts than the USM contender in the case that they tied.

Also at the MIT meet, Deborah S. Won ’00 took first place in the 1000m with time of 3:10.3, which met ECAC qualifying standards and set a new varsity record.

MIT drops close meet at USM

With many of the Engineers tripling in events and tremendous efforts by all, MIT competed extremely well against Springfield, Bowdoin, USM, Mt. Holyoke, and New York University, and finished third at USM’s Quad Cup. Although Springfield and Bowdoin eventually pulled ahead, MIT was in close contention with both schools during the last half of the meet.

Early in the meet, MIT had moved from fourth to third and remained at third for a long time. With the distance medley relay, shot put, triple jump, and high jump remaining, MIT had moved into very close contention with Springfield and Bowdoin. MIT moved into a tie for first after the relay events but eventually fell to third when they could not field jumpers in the high jump and triple jump.

The field events also again overflowed with great performances from the Engineers. Li and Norris qualified for nationals in the pole vault with outstanding jumps of 10-2 and 9-7, respectively. Their efforts gave MIT another first and third place finish.

In the 600m, Regina Sam once again demonstrated what seems to be her amazing ability to catch anyone within reach near the finish. Sam was able to lean just ahead of a Bowdoin runner to capture third place with a N.E. Div. III qualifying time of 1:46.1.