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Women’s Track Takes Sixth in ECAC Meet

By Lila French


Last Saturday, the MIT women’s track team competed in the Division III ECAC Championship meet at Boston University. The team placed sixth out of 38 teams with 36 points, matching their seed and scoring more points than expected.

Nydia M. Clayton ’04 beat her seed and broke the varsity record to win the pentathlon in a very dramatic competition.

Clayton performed on par in the first four events: 8.67 in the 55 meter high hurdles, 4’ 11 1/4” in the high jump, 30’ 5 3/4” in the shot put, and 15’ 10 1/4” in the long jump, which put her in second place going into the 800 meter run. To win, Clayton needed to beat the leading competitor by six seconds. She did so, leaving no margin for error. Clayton ran a 2:36.06, beating her competition by 10 seconds and breaking her personal record by 15 seconds. Her final score in the event was 3063 points.

In the open 55 meter high hurdles, Clayton took seventh place with a time of 8.52 seconds. She is currently ranked 15th in NCAA Division III Nationals.

The 4x800 team of Chi-An Wang ’01, Kimberly J. Seluga ’02, Sarah E. Cotton ’04, and Martha W. Buckley ’04 placed seventh with an excellent time of 9:56.42. This beat the varsity record from last week by eight seconds.

In the 500 meter event, Wang beat her seed to take eighth place with a time of 1:21.85.

In the pole vault, Vanessa Li ’02 took 2nd place and tied her personal record of 10’ 10 1/4”. The winner cleared the same height but had fewer misses. Li is currently in an 8-way tie for the seventh ranking nationally.

Princess Imoukhuede ’02 led the team in point scoring. She won the weight throw with 53’9 3/4” and took sixth in the shot put with 38’ 8 1/4”. Imoukhuede is currently ranked third nationally in the weight throw.

This weekend Clayton, Li, and Imoukhuede will travel to Wisconsin to compete in the NCAA Division III National Championships.