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Women’s Track and Field Begins Season

Engineers Win by More Than Thirty Points

By Theresa Burianek

Team Member

The MIT women’s track and field team kicked off the outdoor season with the traditional Engineer’s Cup against WPI and RPI last Saturday. MIT won 13 of the 20 events contested, concluding with a final score: MIT 185, RPI 153, and WPI 71.

Regina Sam ’02 dominated the sprints with victories in the 200 and 400. Sam’s 400-meter was in a school record time of 59.49 seconds. Senior Alyssa Thorvaldsen ’00 captured wins in both the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles, despite an uncharacteristic stumble over the last hurdle in the 400. Senior Debbie Won also ran a splendid 10K by setting a new school record and qualifying for the All New England Championships.

Burianek sets triple jump record

Leading the Engineers in the throwing events was Princess Imoukhuede ’02, who won the discuss and hammer setting a new school record of 136’5” in the latter. Also a driving force for MIT was multi-event specialist Theresa Burianek ’99. Burianek brought in 28 points for Tech by placing in all 6 events she competed in, including a victory in long jump and a school record of 33’ 6” in triple jump. Stephanie Norris ’02 also started the season exceedingly well with a national qualifying victory vault of 10’ 6” in the pole vault.

With outstanding performances all around from veterans and rookies, Tech Track looked strong in this first outing of the spring. Come watch for yourself this weekend as MIT hosts the University of Southern Maine this Saturday at 12 p.m. at Steinbrenner Stadium.