Women’s Track Trounces USM
Last Saturday, under sunny but windy skies, the Women’s Track and Field Team hosted the University of Southern Maine, in what was dubbed the MIT Showdown Meet. What the meet turned out to be was a showcase of the extreme talent of the squad with a 122.5 to 76.5 victory over USM.
TechTrack started the meet well with a victory time of 20:23.92 in the 5000-meter race for senior Jantrue Ting, a 17 second improvement on her previous time. From there the wind picked up and was evident throughout the day as Tech Track’s times were not their best performances. However, there were a few exceptions. Freshman Afua Banful left the competition in the dust as she claimed victory in the 200M dash, with a rookie record time of 27.76. Chi-An Wang ’01 also performed well in her debut time of 72.24 in the 400 Hurdles.
Despite wind MIT field prevails
While the wind hampered the times on the track, the MIT field squad had a much more successful day. Over 50 percent of the marks in the field events were personal records.
Leading the way was Princess Imoukhuede ’02, a first place finisher in the discus, shot, and hammer. Imoukhuede also set a new school record in the hammer with a NCAA qualifying throw of 146’ 11”. Akua Asa Awaku ’03 took second in the shot put with a throw of 33’ 1.25” despite having the wind against her.
Tech’s heptathlete, Theresa Burianek ’99, also took three victories from her seven event day. Burianek started the day in a battle with a USM jumper in the long jump. Tied for first going into the last round, Burianek eclipsed her USM opponent and took the event with a school record leap of 16’ 1”. Burianek dominated the jumps on Saturday as she also won the triple and high jump.
Next saturday, the Engineers travel to Colby College in for the annual MIT vs. Maine Meet on Saturday. MIT will face Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and USM as they try to preserve their undefeated season.