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Track Off To Strong Start

By Adeline Kuo


After a month of training, the women’s track team tested their skills against schools of all divisions at the Northeastern Invitational this past Saturday. One varsity and two rookie records fell, and 18 post championship standards were made.

In the field, pole vaulters Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 and Vanessa Li ’02 finished with ECAC-qualifying marks of 9’ 6”. The lone high jumper, Emily Schwartz ’05, cleared 5’ 0”. Schwartz’s jump was just shy of the rookie record, but not enough to qualify her for the New England Division III Championships.

The highlight of the infield events came during the triple jump. First, Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 broke her own varsity record with three leaps totaling 34’ 10 1/2”. Then Nalini Gupta ’05 sailed to a 34’ 0” finish, surpassing the previous varsity record, and claiming the rookie record. Both jumps were ECAC-qualifying marks.

In the throws, Princess Imoukhuede ’02 qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships in the weight throw with a throw of 49’ 11”, while Akua Asa-Awuku ’03 qualified for the New England Championship in the event. Imoukhuede also got off to a great season start in the shot put, with an ECAC-qualifying throw of 39’ 6 1/2”.

On the track, Meredith N. Silberstein ’05 broke the rookie record in her first ever 500-meter run. Silberstein finished in a time of 1:27.35. In the 1000-meter, Julia C. Espel ’05 qualified for ECAC Championships with a 3:12.71 and showed her potential to take down both the rookie and varsity records in the event.

Tomorrow at MIT’s Johnson Athletic Center, the team will attempt to begin the season with an undefeated record, as they face off against Springfield College and the University of Southern Maine.