Imoukhuede’s Hammer Throw Lifts Women at New EnglandsBy Adeline Kuo
This past Friday and Saturday, the women’s track team traveled to Williams College for the All New England Championships. At this very competitive meet against Divisions I, II, and III colleges, MIT athletes took down varsity records.
Princess Imoukhuede ’02 scored all five points for the team in her incredible hammer throw toss of 155’11” that qualified her, yet again, provisionally for the NCAA championships. In the shotput, Imoukhuede bettered her previous varsity record with a put of 41’8”. To add to her great day, Imoukhuede also set a personal record in the discus throw, launching the disc 118’11”.
In the 800-meter run, Chi-An Wang ’01 sped through the race to break new ground by running a 2:19.94. With this time, Wang set a new personal record and a new varsity record.
Despite the hot conditions, Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02 ran, hurdled, and avoided deep puddles of water in the 3000-meter steeplechase. By cutting off nearly 15 seconds from last week’s race, Perlmutter broke her own varsity record for the steeplechase with a time of 12:40.11.
Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 again showed her expertise in the triple jump, as she leapt to a distance of 34’5.5”.
In the 400-meter dash, Clarissa Y. Smith ’04, despite being injured all season, sped around the track in 60.89 seconds to set a new rookie record time.
In the 100-meter dash, Adeline L. Kuo ’02 ran her third fastest time ever to finish the race in 13.37 seconds.
Returning in the 4x100-meter relay, Kuo and Melanie A. Miller ’04 ran with two new relay members, Kimberly J. Seluga ’02 and Monica F. Morrison ’04. The team cleanly passed the baton around the track in a time of 53.45 seconds.
Martha W. Buckley ’04 ran an excellent race in the 1500-meter. Buckley beat her seed and completed the 3.75 laps in a time of 4:59.88.
Buckley, Wang, Cotton, and Seluga returned to compete in the 4x800m relay to run a 9:56.06 and the third fastest time in MIT history.
This Thursday and Friday, the women’s track team will travel to Springfield College to compete at Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.