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Women’s Track Loses at Home

Springfield College Wins Close Meet Over Lady Engineers 110-98

By Akua A. Asa-Awuku and Adeline Kuo

TEAM MEMBERS

Last Saturday, the MIT Women’s Track team faced Springfield College in a dual meet at MIT’s Steinbrenner Stadium. In the end, the final score came down to the wire with a bittersweet disappointment for MIT, which lost 98-110.

In the sprints, Adeline L. Kuo ’02 qualified for ECACs in the 100m dash with a winning time of 13.22. Finishing right behind Kuo were third place finisher Nalani Gupta ’05 in 13.36, and Meredith N. Silberstein ’05 and Karen M. Keller ’04 tied for fourth in 13.48. Gupta, Silberstein, and Keller set personal records and also qualified for the New England Division III championships.

Kuo, Gupta, and Keller continued to score crucial points in the 200m dash. Kuo finished in second and qualified for the New England Division III Championships with a personal best time of 27.66. Gupta and Keller finished in third and fourth places in personal record times of 27.99 and 28.68 respectively.

Personal bests in middle distances

In the 800m run, both Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02 and Julia C. Espel ’05 set personal records. Perlmutter and Espel ran close together throughout the entire race, sprinting down the final stretch side-by-side, only to let the photo finish of their leans determine their finishing places. In the end, the veteran Perlmutter managed to outlean rookie Espel by 0.01 seconds for a second place finish in 2:28.51. Both Perlmutter and Espel set personal records.

Perlmutter also scored in the 1500m run with a fourth place finishing and personal record time of 5:08.72. Distance phenom Martha W. Buckley ’04 ran a stellar second place finishing 1500m in a time of 4:51.88. This time was a personal record for her as well as an All New England qualifier.

Buckley also ran the 3000m, winning the event in a personal record time of 10:35.57. Almost finishing in an MIT sweep, Mealani K. Nakamura G and Marissa L. Yates ’03 crossed the finish line in second and fourth places in personal record times of 11:28.93 and 11:59.10 respectively.

Espel was also successful in the 3000m steeple chase. Winning the event in a time of 11:44.87, Espel set a new personal record, breaking her own varsity and rookie records, and qualifying provisionally for the NCAA championships. Jen A. Gaugler ’05 and Stephanie A. Claussen ’05 also set personal records with their third and fourth place finishes.

Relay squads take second place

In the 100m hurdles, leading the MIT squad was Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 with her second place finish in a time of 17.34. Colleen A. Horin ’05 and Melanie A. Miller followed in third and fourth places respectively. In the 400m intermediate hurdles, Miller was MIT’s sole scorer, as she finished in fourth with a personal record time.

All the relays placed second, including the 4x100m relay consisting of Silberstein, Gupta, Miller, and Keller and the distance medley relay consisting of Claussen, Frances W. Weld ’05, Alisa P. Lehman ’05, and Teresa M. Hung ’02. The 1600m sprint medley relay consisting of Silberstein, Catherine A. Tweedie ’04, Kuo, and Gaugler also finished in second, but with a varsity record time of 4:50.79.

Gupta wins triple jump

The MIT women also had some strong finishes in the field events. In the triple jump, Gupta clinched first place with a jump of 35'3.25" and Nyenke followed in second with a 34'6.5" jump. Both Gupta and Nyenke qualified for the ECAC championships. Horin placed fourth in the event with a personal record leap.

In the long jump Gupta and Miller grabbed second and fourth spots with jumps of 15'11.5" and 15'0" respectively, adding vital points to the MIT tally. Gupta and Keller also placed in the high jump, tying for second with a jump of 4'8".

In the pole vault, Tweedie soared to a height of 10'08".00 to once again qualify provisionally for the NCAA championships.

Imoukhuede dominates throws

Princess Imoukhuede ’02 was once again MIT’s leading scorer of the day, with her triple win in the throws. First throwing the hammer a distance of 141'9", Imoukhuede then proceeded to continue her day of domination by throwing the discus 116'9". The most impressive event of her day was the shot put. Imoukhuede tossed a magnificent 42'8.25"- a personal record, varsity record and a NCAA provisionally qualifying distance.

Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 bolstered the impact of the MIT throwing team, placing third in hammer and fourth in discus. Rookie Catherine H. Koveal ’05 was MIT’s sole scorer in the javelin, finishing in fourth place.