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Colby, Bowdoin Top Women’s Track

By Adeline Kuo

STAFF WRITER

The Women’s Track team hosted its annual “State of Maine” meet Saturday, taking third behind Colby College and Bowdoin College but topping the University of Southern Maine and Bates College.

MIT scored 118 points to Colby’s 201 and Bowdoin’s 178. Colby won the meet with 201 points, followed by Bowdoin with 178. USM and Bates finished in fourth and fifth places with 107 and 84 points respectively.

Positioning MIT for the early lead, Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 won the pole vault with a personal best and NCAA provisional qualifying height of 11'0", which just missed the varsity record by inches. Tweedie later returned in the 200m dash to finish in seventh in a personal best time of 28.87 seconds.

The track events led off with the 5k. Freshman distance star Julia C. Espel finished in fourth in a New England Division III qualifying time of 19:32.88. Mealani K. Nakamura G ran a fast sixth place time of 19:55.19 as she scored some unexpected points for MIT.

Following the 5k was the 4x100m relay. Colleen A. Horin ’05 filled in for Adeline Kuo ’02 to lead MIT off to a good start. Nalini Gupta ’05, Melanie A. Miller ’04, and Karen M. Keller ’04 all ran fast legs to finish the relay off in third place.

Buckley qualifies for ECACs

In the 1500m run, distance phenom Martha W. Buckley ’04 took fourth place in a personal best time of 4:53.70, a time which easily qualifies her for the ECAC championships. Buckley returned in the 800m to finish in second place in another personal best time of 2:26.72.

In the sprints and hurdles, many personal bests were attained. Keller was MIT’s sole scorer in the 100m dash, as she finished in third, narrowly missing the New England Division III qualifying time. In the 400m dash, middle-distance runner Alisa P. Lehman ’05 ran a tough race, as she finished in eighth. The hurdles earned MIT critical points, with Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 leading the hurdlers in points. Nyenke finished the 100m hurdles in seventh place with Horin following in eighth with a personal best time of 17.37. In the 400m hurdles, Miller led MIT to a 3-4-5-8 finish. Nyenke, Silberstein, and Julie M. Pinkston ’04 followed, with Pinkston finishing in a personal best time.

Nyenke also had much success in the horizontal jumps. Leading the way in the long jump, Nyenke leapt a personal best and ECAC-qualifying jump of 16'2.25" to finish in third. Gupta followed in fourth, also in an ECAC-qualifying jump of 16'1.75". In the triple jump, Gupta took second, in an ECAC-qualifying distance of 35'1.25". Nyenke also scored with a fifth place and ECAC-qualifying leap of 34'10.5".

MIT takes points in throws

Out on the far end of Briggs field were the hammer and discus competitors. Princess Imoukhuede ’02, MIT’s dominant force in the throws, faced her toughest competition yet at this meet. Finishing in fourth in the hammer throw, Imoukhuede met an All-New England qualifying mark of 144'6". Returning in the discus, Imoukhuede scored more critical points for MIT with her second place, ECAC-qualifying throw at 114'2". Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 was MIT’s only other scorer in these throwing events, as she finished the hammer throw in eighth place for a personal record.

Back on the track, the 3k steeplechase provided MIT with the opportunity for more points. Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02 led the way with her fifth place, personal best finish in 12:23.81, which qualifies her again for the ECAC championships. This time bettered her previous personal best by 17 seconds and is 23 seconds more than the NCAA provisional qualifying time. Jennifer A. Gaugler ’05 followed in eighth with a personal record time.

On the infield, Catherine H. Koveal ’05 was MIT’s sole scorer in the javelin, as she finished in seventh place.

The track events terminated with the 4x400m and 4x800m relays. Tweedie, Gupta, Miller, and Nyenke ran for MIT in the 4x400m, crossing the finish line in third, with a team best time. The 4x800m relay consisted of Silberstein, Espel, Lehman, and Perlmutter, who also brought the baton home in third place.

The meet finally ended with the shot put, as Imoukhuede continued to prove her domination in the throws. Again, Imoukhuede was MIT’s sole scorer in the event, as she threw a second place, personal best, varsity record, and NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 41'11.75".