Women’s Track Finishes Meet As Second Place Team of ThreeBy Adeline Kuo
In a close meet against the University of Southern Maine and Springfield College, the MIT Women began their regular season with a win over Springfield and a loss to Southern Maine. MIT scored 55 points to put itself three points ahead of Springfield College, and came in seven points behind USM.
Despite the loss to USM, several team members had outstanding performances during the meet. The MIT track and field performer of the day was Ngozi A. Eze ’05. Eze easily breezed past her opponents in the 400-meter dash and narrowly missed a first place finish. In the triple jump, Eze rounded out the MIT 2-3-4 finish with a personal record of 32’ 1 1/2”. Anchoring both the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relays, Eze took the baton and increased MIT’s lead on the third place opponent to finish second in both relays.
The track performer of the day was Martha W. Buckley ’04. Buckley ran her first ever 5000-meter run in Indoor Track. Having only those she lapped to run with, Buckley won the race in an outstanding ECAC-qualifying time of 18:47.21.
The field performer of the day was Nalini Gupta ’05. In the triple jump, Gupta not only bettered her own Rookie Record, but also captured the Varsity Record with a 35’ 1 1/4” hop, skip, and jump.
Sprinters Adeline L. Kuo ’02 and Shauntel L. Poulson ’05 scored points for MIT. Kuo finished third in the 55-meter dash with a dive to the finish, while Poulson captured an outstanding win in the 200-meter dash.
Chinwe Nyenke ’04 scored for MIT in both the 55-meter hurdles and triple jump, taking third in both events.
Middle distance extraordinaire Julia C. Espel ’05 finished fourth in the 800-meter run and second in the 1500-meter run. Espel posted a New England Division III qualifying time in the 1500-meter with a 5:04.52.
In the infield, the pole vaulters once again got MIT off to a good start. Vanessa Li ’02 won the event with an All-New England qualifying vault of 10’ 0”. Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 took third with a jump of 9’ 6”. High jumper Emily Schwartz ’05 finished second with a New England Division III qualifying height of 5’ 0”.
In the throwing cage, Princess Imoukhuede ’02 and Akua Asa-Awuku ’03 contributed 13 of MIT’s 55 points. Imoukhuede won both the weight throw and the shot put, while Asa-Awuku set a remarkable personal record of 44’0” in the weight throw to capture second place.
To finish the day, the 4x800m squad consisting of Patricia M. McAndrew ’03, Jennifer A. Gaugler ’05, Mealani K. Nakamura G, and Shirleen X. Poon ’05, gave their best effort to finish in third place.