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Track Team Heads into Postseason

Several MIT Engineers Qualify for N.E. Meet

By Deborah S. Won

Women’s indoor track team capped off its successful regular season (16-5) with a non-scoring meet at home that provided opportunities to qualify for post-season championship meets or to get higher marks and better seed times.

Several Engineers ended their season with a bang as they set personal records and season bests. Mealani K. Nakamura ’00 knocked significant amounts of time off her personal bests in both the 1500 and 800.

The most heartbreaking story of the day was Jean M. Barnwell’s ’03 impressive 3rd attempt at 8 feet in the pole vault, the qualifying height for NE Div. III. However, after clearing the bar, she watched from the pit as her pole knocked the crossbar down seconds later. Paola B. Nasser ’01 continued to show dramatic improvement in the jumps and sprints in her very first season of track. Other rookies, including Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 and Helen J. Huang ’01, also showed their promise for the team. They, along with jumper Mia C. Heavener ’00, will have the outdoor season to continue with their successes.

Theresa M. Power ’00 carried her season into the championship meets by surpassing the NE Division III qualifying mark of 6.5” for shot put.

Lori A. Eich displayed her all-around talent as she qualified for NE Div. III’s in the pentathlon, while Chi-An Wang ’03 and Regina Sam ’02 both had outstanding individual races in the 600 and 400, respectively, to qualify for the championships.

Next up is NE Division III Championships this Saturday at Bowdoin College.