Tech X-C, Wellesley Share 2nd To BatesBy Jennifer DeBoer
A cold downpour and soggy sand traps didn’t stop the Tech Harriers from tying Wellesley for second place at the Wellesley Invitational on Saturday. In the closest of finishes, Bates College finished first with 41 points, and MIT and Wellesley finished with 42.
First place finisher Tracy Bassett ’06 of Wellesley College finished the five-kilometer race in 19:07.20, setting a new course record. Just behind her was MIT’s first finisher, Martha W. Buckley ’04, with a time of 19:11.40. Veronica A. Andrews ’05 and Katie R. Huffman ’04 also finished in the top ten with times of 20:03.90 and 20:22.10, seventh and tenth places, respectively. Eleventh and twelfth places, also went to MIT with Valerie Y. Kuo ’06 and Julia C. Espel ’06 finishing at 20:26.70 and 20:28.30. Espel raced for the first time in a month after recovering from a hip injury.
Saturday’s downpour continued to make the golf/cross-country course into a marshland in the last meet before NEWMACs (New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference). Slippery footing on the sharp turns caused some stumbles on the course that will also serve as the course for the conference meet.
Rounding off MIT’s pack of top finishers was Betsy R. Eames ’06 who came in at 20:40, fourteenth place, and Jennifer A. Gaugler ’05, who came in at 20:54, eighteenth place.
Using this race as an indicator, Head Coach Paul Slovenski said he was optimistic about this coming weekend’s conference meet.
“With our top five girls ahead of Wellesley’s fourth and our top seven ahead of Bates’ fifth, things look good for Saturday’s big ten-team meet,” Slovenski said.
“We’re going to use those displacers and pack it up to show them where MIT’s supposed to be,” he said.