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Women Take 12th On Track At ECAC

Imoukhuede Wins, Buckley Breaks Record to Lead MIT

By Adeline Kuo

STAFF WRITER

This weekend, the MIT Women’s Track squad placed 12th overall at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. MIT traveled to Tufts University to compete against over 50 schools, finishing with 23 points.

On day one, the field event specialists took charge and earned MIT some valuable points. In the shot put, Princess Imoukhuede ’02 broke her own varsity record in the event with every attempt. Imoukhuede finished in sixth place with a 42'04" throw, which betters her previous NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

In the throwing cage, Imoukhuede earned even more points for MIT, as she won the weight throw with a distance of 54'10", which is an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. Imoukhuede was MIT’s leading scorer at this meet, clinching 13 of MIT’s 23 total points.

Jumpers place in top ten

At the other end of the infield, pole vaulter Catherine A. Tweedie ’04, despite an excellent attempt at 11'00", finished with a clear of 10'06", good for sixth place.

Over at the jumping pit, Nalini Gupta ’05 leaped 16'07.25" in the long jump, again just narrowly missing the varsity record. She later broke her own varsity and rookie records in the triple jump, finishing in seventh place with a final leap of 36'05". Gupta was mere inches off the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in the event.

Distance records fall

Day two began on the track with strong performances from Martha W. Buckley ’04. Having set personal records in every event in which she has competed for the past three weeks, Buckley entered the championships with her eyes on MIT varsity records.

In the 1500m, Buckley took off over nine seconds since last season to finish with a new varsity record time of 4:51.32. Racing in the 3000m, Buckley smashed the varsity record with a fourth place finish of 10:20.95. This new time is 47 seconds faster than her personal record from last season.

This coming weekend, MIT will take automatic qualifiers to Ohio Northern University for the NCAA Division III Championships.