Women’s Track Takes Meet Over WPI, RPIBy Adeline Kuo
This past Saturday, MIT showed RPI and WPI who the real engineers are as Tech track defeated them 158-130-89 respectively.
To start off the meet, the 10K runners made good showings with rookies Kathryn S. Wasserman ’04 and Grace Nam ’01 setting personal records and taking fourth and fifth places. More personal records were set in the 5K as Melanie L. Harris ’01, Marissa L. Yates ’03, and Sharon B. Cohen ’04 placed first, second, and third.
Tech tracksters once again set personal records in the 1500m race, as Martha W. Buckley ’04 placed second in a time of 5:01.90 to qualify for New England Division III Championships, and Sarah E. Cotton ’04 and Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02 took fifth and sixth places. In the 3000m race, Buckley came back to win in a personal record time of 10:49.58, which qualifies her for ECACs. Perlmutter also set a personal record in the 3K to take third.
In 100m hurdles, Nydia M. Clayton ’04 easily won in 16.19 seconds to qualify for ECACs. Melanie A. Miller ’04 took third. Miller again exhibited her great hurdle skills in her first ever 400m hurdles race where she came in second.
In the 100m dash, Adeline L. Kuo ’02 took second, set a personal record, and qualified for New England Division IIIs in 13.34 seconds. Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 and Miller crossed the finish line almost exactly at the same time for fourth and fifth places. MIT also did well in the 200m dash as Kuo set a personal record and took third. Chi-An Wang ’01 and Catherine Tweedie ’04 came in fourth and sixth. In the 400m dash, Kimberly J. Seluga ’02 and Chidinma C. Obi ’04 set personal records and placed second and third.
Wang led MIT in the 800m run, as she placed second. Cotton followed behind in fourth, as she set a personal record in this event. In the first relay of the day, the 4x100m relay members, Kuo, Miller, Obi, and Nyenke cleanly passed the baton around the track for an easy win. The 4x400m and 4x800m relays both took second.
On the field, Miller and Nyenke took second and third in the long jump while Nyenke also took third and broke the rookie record in the triple jump with a leap of 32’10”. Kathryn M. Duffy ’04 leaped to a sixth place finish in the triple and soared to a personal record and fourth place finish in the high jump.
Tweedie had a good day in the pole vault as she cleared nine feet, took second, and qualified for ECACs. Julie M. Pinkston ’04 took sixth.
In the throws, Princess Imoukheude ’02 led MIT in the shot put and the hammer throw with third and first place finishes, respectively, qualifying for ECACs in the shot and All N.E.s in the hammer. Janine Buseman-Williams ’01 set a personal record in the hammer for second place while Crystal S. Ray ’04 took fifth in both the shot and the hammer. Ray also won the discus with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 110’1”. Imoukheude and Miquela C. Vigil ’03 followed in second and sixth.
This coming weekend, MIT will compete at Colby against other Maine schools.