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Women’s Outdoor Track Races In the Aloha Relays -- In Rain

Individuals Still Breaking PR’s Before Championships

By Deborah S. Won

TEAM CO-CAPTAIN

MIT women’s track competed at the “Aloha Relays” at Bowdoin College in ironically cold and rainy weather. Only the high, long, triple jumps and pole vault were moved to the indoor stadium, while the remainder of the athletes, coaches, and officials remained outdoors to carry on with the other events.

The slippery and snowy ground prevented the throwers from using their spins and hampered their approaches, while hurdlers had to be extra cautious not to slip and fall. However, the MIT athletes heeded Coach Slovenski’s advice before the meet began to not let the rain bother them and to remain mentally tough, and against all odds, Tech Track turned out a few brilliant performances on top of many respectable ones.

In an outstanding display of heart and determination, Robin Evans G won her 5K debut with a time of 19:00 flat, well under ECAC qualifying standards. With an equally tough and determined attitude, Jan Ting ’00 came within seconds of her PR, finishing in a time of 20:11.

Adeline Kuo ’02 won the 100-meter dash with a diving lean across the line to beat the winner of her preliminary heat. Sadly, she strained her hamstring in the first turn of her 200-meter race and had to be helped off the track by the trainer and teammates. The team will sorely miss Kuo’s sprinting speed at NEWMAC championships this weekend.

In the 3000-meter race, Marissa Yates ’03 also ran very well, encouraged by the roars of her cheering teammates from the stands. She placed fifth out of thirteen finishers in the event, relentlessly pressing on. Christina Cosman ’01 ran an extremely strong 800-meter race with an especially strong finish, as she overtook her opponent in the home stretch with an powerful kick.

It was too bad Tech’s three vaulters and sole high jumper for the day, could not be seen from the outdoor track. Stephanie Norris ’02 and Vanessa Li ’02 both cleared 10” while Jean Barnwell set her PR of 8’1”. Especially noteworthy was the clearance Barnwell had on her vaults at the previous heights. Mia Heavener high jumped 4’8”.

MIT will let the rest of the NEWMAC conference feel their speed, strength, endurance, and invincible spirit tomorrow at Springfield College. Related stories: