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Tough IAP Training For Women’s Track

By Martha Buckley

TEAM MEMBER

According to coach Paul Slovenski, IAP stands for “Intense Athletics Period,” and the members of the MIT women’s indoor track team seem to agree. While IAP might be a rest period for many, the MIT women are taking the opportunity to do two-a-day-lifting, swimming, and even aqua-jogging in the morning before practice. While it is still early in the season, the MIT women’s work is beginning to pay off.

A number of the MIT women already have qualified for post-season championships. Co-captain Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 has been consistently vaulting well over 11” and is provisionally qualified for nationals in the pole vault. Her vault of 11' 7” at the Williams Invitational last Saturday is both a personal record in the event and the second best mark in the event in the history of MIT’s indoor program. Although the pole vault is the event that will take her to nationals, Tweedie finds time and energy to compete in almost every jumping event available, and she has qualified for post-season championships in the high jump and long jump as well.

At the Brandeis meet on Jan. 17, co-captain Martha W. Buckley ’04 broke the varsity record in the 1500m run, with a time of 4:49.5, qualifying her for the ECAC and Open New England meets. Later in the day, she ran a 10:23 in the 3000m, a few seconds shy of the varsity record in the event, qualifying for the post-season championships in the 3000m as well.

Tweedie and Buckley are joined by a number of other MIT runners, jumpers, and throwers who are currently qualified for post-season championships, including Julia C. Espel ’05 in the 3000m, 1500m, and 1000m; Andrea Staid ’07 in the 800m; Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 in the triple jump and 55m hurdles; Christine Fanchiang ’07 in the 55m dash, 55m hurdles, and pole vault; Nalini Gupta ’05 in the long-jump; Elizabeth H. Au ’07 in the pole vault and Adrienne M. Irmer ’05 in the weight throw.

The MIT women will be competing against Williams, RPI, and Westfield State at the MIT Quad Cup next Saturday, Jan. 31.