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MIT Women’s Track 3rd at NEWMAC Championship

By Catherine A. Tweedie


On Saturday, MIT’s Women’s Track team hosted the 2002 NEWMAC outdoor track and field championship. The well-established Wheaton College team won with 248.5 points followed distantly by Springfield College (127.5), MIT (108), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (83), United States Coast Guard Academy (76.5), Mount Holyoke College (70), Smith College (44.5) and Babson College (18).

MIT’s top scorer was Princess Imoukhuede ’02, who turned in solid performances in her three throwing events. Imoukhuede took second in shot put and hammer, and first in discus with a throw of 129'4". Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 placed seventh in the hammer throw with a personal best distance.

The 10,000m run was MIT’s biggest scoring event, with Marissa L. Yates ’03 finishing in third, and Julia M. Pinkston ’04, Jessica E. Karnis ’05, Kathryn S. Wasserman ’04 finishing in fifth, sixth, and seventh places, respectively, all in personal record times.

Buckley leads for distance events

Martha W. Buckley ’04 won the 5000m with an outstanding personal record time of 18:30.58, almost 18 seconds faster than the second place finisher. In the very competitive 1500m, Buckley took third in another personal record time of 4:51.02. Sarah K. Perlmutter ’02 also scored in the 1500m run with her eighth place time of 5:10.19.

In the pole vault, Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 took second and matched her two-week old personal record of 11'0", just missing the varsity record again by 0.25". Catherine H. Koveal ’05 had a great performance in the javelin, placing fifth with a personal best throw of 96'5".

Julia C. Espel ’05 proved her consistency by claiming second and further lowering her NCAA provisionally qualified time in the 3000m steeple chase by three seconds to 11:41.60. Perlmutter also set a personal record in the 3000m steeple chase, finishing in a fourth place time of 12:16.60, just over 16 seconds away from provisionally qualifying for the NCAA championships. Espel returned in the 800m run to finish in seventh place.

No top finishes for MIT in sprints

In the 100m dash, Adeline L. Kuo ’02 and Karen M. Keller ’04 earned some points for MIT, finishing in seventh and eighth places respectively. Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 also picked up points with her seventh place and personal record finish in the 100m hurdles, qualifying finally for the ECAC championships.

In the jumps, Nalini Gupta ’05 was MIT’s sole scorer, as she picked up sixth in both the long and triple jumps.

The 4x100m relay consisting of Kuo, Gupta, Meredith N. Silberstein ’04, and Keller finished in fourth with a team best time of 52.45.

Next Saturday, individuals who have qualified will represent MIT at the New England Division III championships.