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Women’s Track Team Places 11th At New England Division III Meet

By Adeline Kuo


This past Saturday, the MIT women’s track team journeyed to Middlebury College to compete in the New England Division III Championships. After an exhausting drive northwest, the team still managed to perform well, taking 11th place overall with 28 points.

Melanie L. Harris ’01 led the team to a positive start as she completed the 10K race in a personal record and All New Englands qualifying time of 40:12.60, taking sixth place.

The 3000m steeplechase, while an exhibition event only, was well run by Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02. Coming around the track 7.5 times and over 35 hurdles, Perlmutter earned a fourth place finish in her first ever 3K steeplechase with a time of 12:54.77, setting a varsity record. Perlmutter will again exhibit her talent tomorrow at the All-New England Division Championships.

Among the distance events was the 4x100m relay. The team, consisting of Adeline L. Kuo ’02, Melanie A. Miller ’04, Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04, and Clarissa Y. Smith ’04 finished in a team best time of 52.05, a sixth place finish.

In the 800m run, Chi-An Wang ’01 moved up from her eighth place seed to take seventh in an ECAC qualifying time of 2:20.83.

On the field, Princess Imoukhuede ’02 powered out half the points for the team. In the hammer throw, she not only finished in second place, but also qualified provisionally for Nationals with a throw of 155’10”. In the shotput, Imoukhuede launched a 40’5” throw for a fifth place finish. Imoukhuede scored another two points in her seventh place finish in the discus, where she set a new personal record and qualified for ECACs with a toss of over 113’.

In the triple jump, Nyenke leaped to yet another excellent jump of 35’4 3/4”, finishing fifth.

The 4x800m relay, consisting of Smith, Wang, Sarah E. Cotton ’04, and Martha W. Buckley ’04, took almost a minute off their seed time for a fifth place finish in 9:53.36.

Today and tomorrow, the team will be at Williams College competing at the All New Englands Championships. At this meet, individuals will concentrate on their primary events rather than attempting to contribute to the team scoring.