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Springfield Upsets Women’s X-C

By Jennifer DeBoer

TEAM MEMBER

The women’s cross-country team suffered a difficult loss to rival Springfield College at Saturday’s home meet. Excessive heat, high-mileage workouts, and injuries all contributed to the team’s weak showing at Franklin Park.

Springfield’s top runner, All-American Marisa Clapp ’04, led the race uncontested from the line, finishing in a time of 18:34.07. The next eight places went to runners from Springfield and the Greater Boston Track Club, which was not scored for the collegiate meet, but edged out Springfield for the win overall.

The first MIT runner to cross the line was Veronica A. Andrews ’05 at 20:41.70, followed closely by Katie R. Huffman ’04 at 20:53.19, Betsy R. Eames ’06 at 21:11.53, and Valerie Y. Kuo at 21:21.00.

The final score, not counting the Greater Boston team, was Springfield, 19, to MIT, 36, with the Springfield scorers averaging times a minute faster than MIT’s top seven runners.

Head Coach Paul “Sluggo” Slovenski looks to improve the team’s speed training for Friday’s large National Preview meet and the subsequent end-of-season qualifying meets.

“We’ve been getting that high-mileage in and hopefully that’s our base that those other teams don’t have,” Slovenski said.

“We’ll be picking up the speed in these workouts now to get these guys moving,” he added.

The next pack of MIT runners was led by captain Marissa L. Yates ’03 at 21:42.12, and Lynn K. Kamimoto ’05 at 21:54.71, final scorer, Kelly Kuo ’06 at 21:55.22, and Crystal A. Russell ’03, at 21:57.36.

Two of MIT’s top runners, Martha W. Buckley ’04 and Julia C. Espel ’05, were absent on Saturday; Buckley was away and Espel was recovering from a hip injury.

The team’s next meet is the National Preview meet at Franklin Park, which includes Division I teams such as Dartmouth and Harvard, as well as other NEWMAC (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference) teams that the MIT women will see at the conference meet.