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MIT Women Track Stars Compete in Championship

By Deborah S. Won

Several members of the women’s indoor track and field team competed this weekend at the All New England Championship against schools from all divisions.

Princess Imoukhuede ’02 is now a mere 1.5 inches away from automatic NCAA standards, bettering her personal best by over 6 inches.

Regina Sam ’02 ran the 200-meter dash in 27.07 seconds, scoring the team’s fastest flat-track indoor time.

Chi-An Wang ’01 also set a school record, finishing in 1:22.48 in the 500-meter race.

The 4x200-meter relay of Adeline Kuo ’02, Sam, Alyssa Thorvaldsen ’00, and Rene Bowen ’00 rocked the house and ran the fastest Tech Track has seen yet at 1:48.49.

Vanessa Li ’02 soared to great heights with a vault of 10-6 that tied her for third in the nation with a handful of others. Stephanie Norris ’02 will have another chance at ECAC’s after an additional week of practice on her new pole to better her provisional qualifying mark.

Thorvaldsen broke her own school record -- twice -- while qualifying for the 55-meter hurdles finals. She went on to place seventh in the finals.

Sam, Banful, Wang, and Thorvaldsen went into the 4x400-meter relay with an excellent chance to break the school record. However, by the anchor leg they were cutting it close, and would need a sub-60 for the final 400. Thorvaldsen went way under that sub-60 mark, with a split of 58.4, bringing the total time to a record-breaking 4:04.71.

Imoukhuede, Li, and Thorvaldsen all earned All New England honors.