Two More MIT Women Hit Provisional Marks
This past Saturday, MIT hosted its annual Co-Ed Invitational, a last chance qualifier for post-season championships. The meet was a non-scoring event for the team, but two more MIT athletes reached NCAA provisional marks.
In the throwing cage, success was widespread. In the 20lb weight, Akua A. Asa-Awuku ’03 launched her weight to an NCAA provisional qualifying and personal record distance of 46'8". Immediately after her incredible fourth place throw, she sprinted over to the start of the 55m dash and won the throwers heat. Also in the spotlight was Princess Imoukhuede ’02, who not only won and bettered her NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the weight throw to 55'11", but also finished second in, set a personal record in, and qualified provisionally for the NCAA championships in the shot put with a varsity record distance of 41'6".
The rookie throwers also had outstanding success. In the weight throw, Emily Schwartz ’05 bettered her personal record by over seven feet, throwing the weight 35'4". Kelly M. Johnson ’05 also set a personal record in the event with a 33'0" toss. In the shot put, Johnson again set a personal record with a put of 29'7.5". Joining the personal record club was Bukola Aina ’03, who put the shot 27'1".
Li wins pole vault in jump-off
On the other end of the infield were the pole vaulters. Vanessa Li ’02 not only won the event but showed her consistency as she cleared 11'0.25" in a two-jump jump-off against the eventual second place competitor. Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 finished in fourth with an ECAC qualifying height of 9'9".
On the track, star of the day Mealani K. Nakamura G ran both the 1500m and 1000m and slaughtered her personal records in both events. In the 1500m run, Nakamura started out strongly and finished strongly, passing a number of competitors on her way to a second place finish. Nakamura took over 10 seconds off her time in the 1500m to finish officially in 5:23.91. In the 1000m run, Nakamura repeated her success, as she again took seconds off her time to finish in a fourth place time of 3:26.52. Also setting personal records on the track were Jelena Spasojevic ’02 in the 1500m run and Jennifer A. Gaugler ’05 in the 1000m. Spasojevic finished in 5:40.79 and Gaugler took seventh in 3:31.37. In the 3K, Jessica E. Karnis ’05 and Patricia M. McAndrew ’03 finished in seventh and eighth respectively with personal record-breaking times of 12:15.82 and 12:23.52.
New personal records set in sprints
In the sprints, personal records were also ever-present. Nalini Gupta ’05 debuted in the 55m dash and finished in fifth in 7.87 seconds. Ngozi A. Eze ’05 and Colleen A. Horin ’05 ran personal record times of 8.13 and 8.67 respectively. In the hurdles, Horin ran a near-personal record time of 9.72 for a seventh place finish. In the 200m, Shauntel L. Poulson ’05 finished in sixth place with a time of 28.62. Eze and Melanie A. Miller ’04 ran in the same heat and pushed each other to personal record times of 29.45 and 29.63 seconds. Middle distance runner Shirleen Poon ’05 decided to explore the 400m on Saturday. Battling with the sprinters during the first lap, Poon then took command in the second lap with her middle distance endurance and finished in 68.06 seconds.
Horizontal star jumper Gupta was successful in the long jump. Leaping to a near-personal record distance, Gupta won the event with a 16'1.5" and once again qualified for the ECAC championships. Returning in the triple, Gupta finished in third with three leaps totaling 34'6.75", another ECAC qualifying mark. In the triple jump, Saundra S. Quinlan ’05 qualified for the New England Division III Championships, by thrice leaping a personal record distance of 32'10.5".
The meet ended with the 4x200m relay. With sprinter Adeline Kuo ’02 injured, a freshman squad consisting of Poulson, Quinlan, Gupta, and Eze finished in fourth, with the a rookie record time of 1:55.02.