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Women’s Track Finishes in Fifth

By Catherine Tweedie

TEAM CO-CAPTAIN

At the indoor track and field women’s New England Division III Championships at Bowdoin last weekend, MIT’s small but potent women’s team performed above expectations, placing fifth overall. Despite only being ranked ninth out of the 25 competing teams, MIT was outscored only by Williams, Tufts, Bowdoin and Colby College.

In the final team-scoring meet of the season, Tech Track’s best athletes represented the team at the championships. Clarissa Y. Smith ’04, exploding back from a long injury, placed in every event in which she competed. Smith tied the school record for the 55-meter dash with a time of 7.52, placing fourth overall, ran a 26.90-second 200-meter, and jumped 17-00.75 in the long jump to claim a top 3 spot on the podium.

Also participating in multiple events, was Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04, who placed eighth in the 55 hurdles and seventh in the triple jump with a season best of 34-07.5.

Catherine A. Tweedie ’04, co-captain, was the pole vault champion on Saturday with a vault of 11 ft.

Rounding out MIT’s strength in the jumping events was Emily Schwartz ’05, who placed 4th in the high jump.

In the distance races, Julia C. Espel ’05 ran a solid 3,000-meter. with a time of 10:22.72, just seconds short of the school record, winning MIT another top-three spot, while Martha W. Buckley ’04, co-captain, ran the 5,000-meter and shattered the former school record by nearly 20 seconds with a final time of 17:45.44, placing her 15th on the nationals list.

In the throws, Adrienne M. Irmer ’04 heaved the weight 48-04.75, earning fourth in the weight throw.

The indoor season is mainly over, although all three co-captains are ranked nationally and still hope to attend nationals in Depaw, Illinois.