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Women’s Track Finishes Fifth at Greater Boston

By Adeline Kuo

STAFF WRITER

This past Saturday, MIT’s women’s track team placed fifth at the Greater Boston Track Meet. The event resurfaced at Boston University this year after a decade-long hiatus.

Competitors at the meet included Division I schools BU, Harvard, and Northeastern, Division II school Bentley College, and Division III school Brandeis University. Northeastern (122) and Harvard (116 1/3) battled for first and second places respectively, while BU (32), Bentley (29), MIT (28 2/3), and Brandeis (28) fought for third through sixth.

Nyenke hits qualifying mark

Starting off the meet on the infield were the 55m hurdlers and sprinters. Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 ran a personal record trials time of 9.48 seconds in the 55m hurdles to qualify for the finals. In the finals, Nyenke was pulled to a faster time by her Division I competitors, finishing fifth in 9.43 seconds and qualifying for the New England Division III Championships. Colleen A. Horin ’05 smashed her personal best in the hurdles, narrowly missing qualifying for the New England Division III Championships with a time of 9.66 seconds. She placed eighth overall.

In the 55m dash, Adeline L. Kuo ’02 out-leaned a sprinter from Brandeis to qualify for finals in 7.76 seconds, just missing the ECAC qualifying mark of 7.74 seconds. In the finals, Kuo ran amidst Division I sprinters and finished in fifth in 7.82 seconds.

Throwers have strong meet

Scoring from the throwing cage were Princess Imoukhuede ’02 and Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03. With two second place finishes, Imoukhuede was the team’s highest scorer of the day. In the shot put, she put a distance of 40'9" to qualify for the All-New England Championships. More impressive in the weight throw, Imoukhuede tossed the 20lb weight 51'5" to once again qualify provisionally for the NCAA Championships. Asa-Awuku also performed well in the weight throw, as she finished in fifth with 43'3.75" performance, which qualifies her for the ECAC Championships.

In the horizontal jumps, Nalini Gupta ’05 was MIT’s sole scorer. Gupta jumped 15'10.25" in the long jump for a sixth place and New England Division III qualifying finish. Then, returning in the triple jump, Gupta exemplified her jumping skills with a 35'3", ECAC-qualifying fifth place finish. Nyenke also performed well in the triple jump, as she finished in eighth with a New England Division III qualifying jump of 33'6.75".

MIT had some success in the vertical jumps as well. In the pole vault, Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 and Vanessa Li ’02 each finished in a three-way tie for sixth place, with an All-New England qualifying jump of 10'0". High jumper Emily Schwartz ’05 once again qualified for the New England Division III championships with her 4'11.75" jump, which placed her eighth overall.

Back on the track, the distance crew took command, with Martha W. Buckley ’04 finishing in third in the mile with an ECAC-qualifying time of 5:18.46. Buckley’s finish topped her own school record in the event by 0.26 seconds. Also running the mile was Mealani K. Nakamura G, who finished with a solid 6:02.88 to place ninth overall.

Distance runners struggle

Running on a banked track was beneficial to the sprinters but tough for the 5000m runners. Nancy J. Benedetti ’05 and Jessica Karnis ’05 ran 25 strong laps around a high-banked track to finish in sixth and seventh places respectively.

In the 200m dash, Kuo finished in ninth and qualified for the New England Division III Championships in 28.06 seconds. Shauntel L. Poulson ’05 finished in tenth with a personal best time of 28.36 seconds. In 12th place was Saundra S. Quinlan ’05, who slaughtered last week’s personal best time with a 29.33. In the 800m run, Meredith N. Silberstein ’05 led her heat for the first lap and held on strong to knock five seconds off her personal best. Silberstein finished in tenth in 2:32.61, just missing the New England Division III qualifying mark.

Relay team hits new season best

The last event on the track was the 4x400m relay. Since BU’s track has only four lanes, the 4x400m relay started with a California start. Having never started without blocks before, Kuo took off with the gun, keeping her competitors behind her for the first curve so as to avoid traffic. After her second lap around the track, Kuo passed the baton off to Tweedie, who ran a fast second leg. Running third leg for MIT, Silberstein ran an excellent 400m before passing the baton to MIT’s star miler, Buckley, who proved herself to be one of MIT’s fastest quarter milers. Buckley brought the baton home in a season best time for MIT.

This coming Saturday, MIT is hosting the MIT Invitational, a last chance qualifier before championship season begins. The meet will be held at the indoor track of the Johnson Athletic Center at 12:00 p.m.