Women Fall Short Against RPI To Take 2nd in Engineers’ Cup
Track Team Narrowly Misses 4th Straight Cup Victory, 163-178
This past Saturday, the MIT Women’s Track and Field team competed in one of a series of four home meets against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the annual Engineers’ Cup. Hoping to win for the fourth consecutive year, MIT (163) had to settle for a close second to RPI (178), while defeating WPI (74).
Leading the meet off on the track were the 5K and 10K, run simultaneously. Distance star Martha W. Buckley ’04 easily won the 5K in 18:21.64. Marissa L. Yates ’03 and Jenna N. Matheny ’05 rounded out the scoring in the 5K with third and fourth places respectively. In the 10K, the MIT women took fourth through sixth places, with Patricia M. McAndrew ’03, Jessica E. Karnis ’05, and Kathryn S. Wasserman ’04 representing MIT.
Following the distance runs was the 4x100m relay. Leading off for MIT was veteran Adeline L. Kuo ’02, who passed off to Nalini Gupta ’05 in the lead. Gupta maintained the lead, as she passed the baton smoothly off to Melanie A. Miller ’04, who increased the lead. Anchoring for MIT was Meredith N. Silberstein ’05, who brought the baton across the finish line for the win in 52.74 seconds.
MIT stays close through sprints
The other sprint events helped MIT stay neck and neck with RPI. In the 100m dash, Kuo finish in third in a New England Division III qualifying time of 13.49. Gupta followed in fourth and Nyenke placed sixth out of the unseeded heat. The 200m dash was a 2-5 sweep for MIT, with many personal records attained. Finishing in second was Kuo in a time of 28.15. Following in third was Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 with a personal record time of 29.72. Rookie Danielle Gilbert ’05 ran this race for the first time ever and finished in fourth. Colleen Horin ’05 rounded out the scoring, as she finished in fifth and set a PR. The 400m dash gave MIT nine more points, as Theresa M. Hung ’02 and Lili X. Peng ’05 crossed the finish line in second and third places, respectively.
MIT scored another eighteen points in both hurdle races. In the 100m high hurdles, Nyenke, Miller, and Horin finished in third, fourth, and fifth places respectively. In the 400m intermediate hurdles, Silberstein led the MIT squad, as she finished in third. Miller followed in fourth, while Julie M. Pinkston ’04 ran this race for the first time ever and finished in fifth.
Middle distances put MIT on top
In the 800m run, MIT was only able to pick up one point from a sixth place finish by rookie Alisa P. Lehman ’05. Similarly, in the 1500m run, the only scorer for MIT was Mealani K. Nakamura G who finished in fifth in a personal record time of 5:20.19. The 3000m steeplechase provided MIT with five-point edge over RPI. Rookie distance star Julia C. Espel ’05 finished in second, set the rookie record, broke the varsity record, qualified for the New England Division III Championships, and just missed the NCAA provisional mark by 10 seconds as she crossed the finish line in 12:10.39. Following in third place was Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02, the former record holder in this event, as she too qualified for the New England Division III Championships in a time of 12:45.66. Rounding out the scoring for MIT was Stephanie A. Claussen ’05, who finished in fourth.
Imoukhuede wins throws
Down at the other end of Briggs field, the discus and hammer throwers scored crucial points for MIT. Indoor and outdoor All-American Princess Imoukhuede ’02 won both events. Imoukhuede qualified for the ECAC championships in the discus and the All-New England championships in the hammer throw. Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 finished in third in the hammer and fourth in the discus. Adding more points to MIT’s total was Miquela C. Vigil ’03, taking sixth places in both events.
On the infield, the javelin throwers performed well. Finishing in second was freshman Catherine H. Koveal ’05. Following, in a fourth through sixth place sweep, were Kelly M. Johnson ’05, Gilbert, and Asa-Awuku. In the shot put circle, Imoukhuede returned for another spectacular throw. Imoukhuede finished in second with a throw of 41'5.25", narrowly missing her own varsity letter, but good enough to qualify provisionally for the NCAA championships. Imoukhuede was also MIT’s leading point scorer with a total contribution of 19 points. Asa-Awuku and Vigil also scored in the shot put, taking fifth and sixth places respectively.
In the pole vault, Tweedie finished in second place with a vault of 10'6", a height that qualifies her provisionally for the NCAA championships.
Dominating the horizontal jumps were Gupta and Nyenke. Winning the long jump, Gupta qualified for the ECAC championship with her 16'4" leap. Returning in the triple jump, Gupta finished in second, with another ECAC qualifying jump of 35'3.25". Gupta was MIT’s second leading scorer of the meet, as she contributed 18.75 points. Nyenke finished in sixth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump, narrowly missing the New England Division III qualifying mark by 1.25".
Gupta returned in the high jump as MIT’s sole scorer as she scissor kicked her way to a fifth place finish.
To finish the meet, MIT ran in the 4x400m and 4x800m relays. The 4x400m relay, composed of Kuo, Miller, Silberstein, and Nyenke, finished in second. The 4x800m also finished in second, with Buckley, Espel, Perlmutter, and Lehman representing MIT.