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Women’s Track Second at Williams Meet

By Adeline Kuo


This past Saturday, the MIT Women’s Track team traveled to Williams College to compete against Williams, RPI, and Westfield State. MIT finished with an impressive 197 points for second place, behind Williams College’s 266.5 but ahead of RPI (111) and Westfield State (18.5). Personal records were shattered and two NCAA standards were met.

In the pole vault, Vanessa Li ’02 topped her personal best and the MIT varsity record with a final vault of 11’ 3.75” to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. Li not only won the event, but also set a field house record at Williams College.

Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 exhibited both her excellence and consistency in the vault, as she again cleared an NCAA provisional qualifying height of 10’ 4.25”. Tweedie finished in fourth place. Returning from injuries, Emily B. Fox ’04 vaulted an impressive 8’ 3” to take eighth place.

In the 55m dash, MIT sprinters finished in a nice 1-2-4-5 sweep. Adeline L. Kuo ’02 won the event in 7.88 seconds. In a close race for second place, freshman sprinter phenom Shauntel Poulson edged out her competitors with an 8.02 finish. Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 snuck in among the top finishers in fourth in 8.04 seconds. Rounding out MIT’s 25 points in the 55m was Meredith N. Silberstein ’05, who finished in fifth in 8.06 seconds. In the 200m dash, Kuo finished in a close second in 28.32 seconds. Running out of a different heat and without competition, Poulson ran an effortless race and finished in third in 28.73 seconds. Also scoring points for MIT in the 200m was Saundra S. Quinlan ’05, who ran a personal best time of 29.74 and placed sixth overall.

Deep hurdling squad helps team

The hurdlers also made a great contribution to the team’s efforts as they came across the finish line in third, fourth, and sixth places. Nyenke not only showed her talent in the dash, but also exemplified her prowess in the hurdles as she crossed the finish line in third in a personal best and New England Division III qualifying time of 9.61 seconds. Nalini Gupta ’05 finished in fourth in 9.75 seconds and Colleen A. Horin ’05 hurdled with great precision to finish in sixth in 9.96 seconds.

The longer sprints and middle distance races also picked up critical points. Scoring for MIT in the 400m dash were Gupta, Didi Eze ’05, and Melanie A. Miller ’04, who finished in sixth, seventh, and eighth, respectively. In the 600m dash, Alisa P. Lehman ’05 finished in seventh, while Shirleen X. Poon ’05 debuted in the event with an eighth place finish. Returning from the 55m dash, Silberstein exhibited her versatility as she finished in fifth in the 800m run. Also in the 800m was Jennifer A. Gaugler ’05, who finished the race in seventh place and in a personal best time. The 1000m runners were also successful. Leading the MIT runners, Julia C. Espel ’05 finished the race in third. Following Espel were Nancy J. Benedetti ’05 and Jillian L. Dempsey ’05, who finished in sixth and eighth respectively.

In the 1500m run, distance superstar Martha W. Buckley ’04 ran another New England Division III qualifying time of 5:01.34 to finish in third. In seventh was Benedetti set a personal record in the event.

Returning in the 3K was Buckley, who out ran her competitors for a triumphant win in an ECAC qualifying time of 10:43.69. Mealani K. Nakamura G ran a solid race to finish in seventh with a personal record time of 11:51.06.

Imoukhuede qualifies for NCAA

In the field, personal records were ever-present, and an NCAA automatic qualifying standard was met. In the weight throw, Princess Imoukhuede ’02 not only won the event, but also secured her place at the National Division III Championships with a throw of 16.23 meters. Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 placed fourth for MIT with another New England Division III qualifying mark of 40’ 8”. Rounding out the point scoring for MIT in this event was Bukola Aina ’05, who set a personal record by almost 10 feet to throw 37’ 3” and place eighth. In the shot put, Imoukhuede put up a good fight as she put a 39’ 8” performance for a third place finish. Asa-Awuku also showed her throwing prowess as she finished in seventh.

The jumpers were a powerful force for the MIT team this past Saturday. Gupta, star jumper of the day, scissor kicked 4’ 9” in the high jump for a second place and personal record finish. Emily Schwartz ’05 finished right behind Gupta for a third place finish. Returning from her NCAA provisional performance in the pole vault, Tweedie set a personal record in the high jump as she finished in sixth. Using the same strategy as Gupta, Nyenke scissor kicked in the high jump for a personal record and seventh place performance. In the long jump, Gupta maintained her domination in the jumps, as she won the event in personal best and ECAC qualifying jump of 16’ 4.5”. Also showing her jumping expertise, Nyenke finished in second with a personal record and New England Division III qualifying jump of 16’ 0.5”. Miller and Quinlan also scored for MIT with sixth and eighth place finishes. Returning in the triple jump, Gupta destroyed her own rookie and varsity records, qualified for the All New England Championships, and won the event with a 36’ 1.75” performance. Nyenke finished in sixth in an ECAC qualifying mark of 34’ 6”.

Meet finishes with strong relays

The meet finished with the 4x400m and 4x800m relays. Running in the second place finishing 4x400m relay were Kuo, Poulson, Silberstein, and Eze. Receiving the baton in third, Silberstein made up ground, as she sped past her competitors to pass the baton off to Eze in first. Eze ran a solid race and the fastest leg for the relay. In the 4x800m, Espel gave MIT a good start against some tough competitors. Lehman, Gaugler, and Dempsey finished off the relay to take third and set the rookie record in the event.