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Women’s Track Tops Bates, Bowdoin, Mt. Holyoke

By Adeline Kuo

TEAM CO-CAPTAIN

This past Saturday, the MIT Women’s Track team traveled to Bates College and defeated Bates, Bowdoin College, and Mt. Holyoke College with final tallied scores of 204.5 to 183, 168.5, and 54, respectively.

As usual, the pole vaulters got the meet off to a strong start. Sophomore superstar Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 won the event with an NCAA provisional height of 10’ 7 1/4”. Having already qualified provisionally for the NCAA championships last week, Vanessa Li ’02 proved her vaulting consistency by finishing 2nd with a height of 10’ 4 1/4”.

In the sprints and hurdles, MIT scored an impressive 64 points, with Clarissa Y. Smith ’04 leading the way by winning the 55m dash and taking second in the 200m. Adeline L. Kuo ’02 contributed 8 points with her third place finish in the 55m and her 7th place finish in the 200m. Freshman Shauntel L. Poulson also added 8 points to MIT’s final score with her 5th place finishes in both the 55m and the 200m. Having great speed and hurdling skills, Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 breezed through the finish lines of the 55m and 55m hurdles in 4th and 2nd places respectively. Right behind her in the hurdles was Nalini Gupta ’05 in 3rd. Colleen A. Horin ’05 finished the race in 6th. In the 400m dash, Gupta led the way for MIT, finishing 3rd. Following her was Didi Eze ’05 in 4th.

MIT excels in field, distance runs

In the throws, Princess Imoukhuede ’02 took 1st place once in the weight throw and in 2nd in the shot put. Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 performed well, finishing in 3rd in the weight throw and in 6th in the shot put.

With three athletes debuting in the 600m run, MIT successfully clinched thirteen points, as Alisa P. Lehman ’05, Meredith N. Silberstein ’05, and Li finished in 3rd, 5th, and 6th, respectively. In the 1000m run, distance phenom Martha W. Buckley ’04 led MIT with her 2nd place finish in a New England Division III qualifying time of 3:13.44. Placing with Buckley in this event, Mealani K. Nakamura G ran an excellent race to finish in 7th. Also running the 1500m, Buckley ’04 and the five competitors in front of her ran in a tight pack to all qualify for the ECAC championships.

Rounding out the distance events, the 5000m run was well represented by MIT athletes, as Nancy J. Benedetti ’05 finished in 4th, and Jessica Karnis ’05 and Kate S. Wasserman ’04 finish in 6th and 8th respectively.

Gupta leads in jump events

In the jumps, Gupta showed her domination, as she placed 2nd in both the long and triple jumps and 8th in the high jump. Gupta once again qualified for the ECAC championships in both horizontal jumps. Nyenke also contributed many points in the horizontal jumps, finishing both events in 3rd place, with a New England Division III qualifying mark in the long jump and an ECAC qualifying mark in the triple jump. Rounding out MIT’s domination in the long jump were Smith, whose jump qualified her for the New England Division III Championships, Eze, and Silberstein, finishing in 4th, 7th, and 8th places, respectively. Also scoring for MIT in the triple jump was Saundra S. Quinlan ’05, who finished in 6th in a New England Division III qualifying jump. High jump star Emily Schwartz ’05 bounded to a 3rd place finish in the event.

The 4x200m relay, composed of Kuo, Poulson, Quinlan, and Eze, took 2nd and qualified for ECACs. Kuo and Poulson returned for the 4x400m relay, along with Silberstein and Smith, and led MIT to another 2nd place finish. Finishing the meet, the distance medley relay, composed of Jennifer A. Gaugler ’05, Lehman, Shirleen X. Poon ’05, and Nakamura, finished in 3rd.