Freshmen Aid Cross-Country Team
Kamimoto, Benedetti Help MIT Finish 14th at Saturday’s Codfish BowlBy Jennifer DeBoer
The women’s cross-country team finished 14th in a field of 19 at Saturday’s Codfish Bowl meet at Franklin Park. The team, which is composed of one sophomore and nine freshmen, finished the 3.1 mile course in an average time of 21:47.2.
Lynn K. Kamimoto ’05, returning from an insect-related injury, led the pack with a 75th place finish in a time of 20:52. Nancy J. Benedetti ’05 also finished strong with a time of 21:37. Just behind her was Kathleen R. Huffman ’04, who came in at 21:37.7 despite an ongoing illness. Jessica E. Karnis ’05 and Christina L. Greene ’05 showed the benefits of pack running with times of 22:25 and 22:27, finishing 156th and 157th, respectively.
Although coach Paul Slovenski was pleased with certain pairs who worked together on the course, both Slovenski and coach Harold B. Hatch look to even larger packs to run together and push each other in the future.
Shirleen X. Poon ’05 worked hard on Franklin Park’s Bear Cage Hill, and finished with a time of 22:41. Jennifer A. Gaugler ’05 came in at 22:46. Rounding out the scoring pack was Jenna N. Matheny ’05, whose 176th place finish in 23:08 helped MIT to edge out UMass Lowell. Judy Y. Yeh ’05 finished with a quick 23:18. At 269th was MIT’s Jillian L. Dempsey ’05 in a time of 25:11.
Even though the squad is young, Slovenski and Hatch see promise. “I am wicked happy for [the runners],”said Slovenski. Eight of the team members scored course personal records.
“Let’s continue trying hard to pack attack others by working together during training,” said Slovenski to the team. “There’s strength in more numbers than just a couple.”
Looking to the future, Slovenski stressed moving up by closing gaps between the different spreads of runners. “Look at where you are in relation to teammates, and set goals to squeeze those spaces even tighter still,” he said.
Amherst took first place at the meet, followed closely by Brandeis University and Northern Colorado. MIT’s total points came to 453. “I’m so proud of MIT [women’s] cross country,” said Slovenski after the meet. “We had a nice strong showing.”