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Women’s Track Snatches Second Place at TechTrack Classic Meet

By Meredith Silberstein

TEAM MEMBER

MIT’s Women’s Track team took second place to Division I team Holy Cross in a competitive field of six teams this past Saturday at the TechTrack Classic. MIT’s 84.40 points just edged out third place finisher Mount Holyoke’s 78.50 and fourth place NYU’s 74.50.

Co-Captain Martha W. Buckley ’04 was the star of the meet, setting varsity records in the mile and 1000 in 5:10.23 and 3:05.05, respectively. Andrea Staid ’07 followed Buckley in the 1000 to take fifth place in the New England Division III qualifying time of 3:12.90. Christine Fanchiang ’07 and Chinwe P. Nyenke ’04 tied for fifth place in the 55 meter high hurdles with a New England Division III qualifying time of 9.41 seconds.

MIT dominated the jumping events, winning three of the four events and filling in many of the other scoring places. Co-captain Catherine A. Tweedie ’04 continued her phenomenal season winning the pole vault with a new personal and facility record of 11’9” and placing sixth in the long jump. Elizabeth H. Au ’07 and Fanchiang took fifth and sixth in the pole vault with New England Division III qualifying vaults of 9’7” and 9’1”, respectively. Nalini Gupta ’05 returned from a few weeks off to win the long jump with a college personal record of 16’9” and took second in the triple jump. Nyenke won the triple jump with a distance of 35’3.5” and took fifth in the long jump. Meredith N. Silberstein ’05 rounded out the long jump, taking fourth place and giving MIT four of the six scoring positions.

MIT’s pair of throwers, Adrienne M. Irmer ’04 and Kelly M. Johnson ’05, made a strong showing in both the weight throw and shot put. Irmer just missed the New England Division III qualifying standard, taking fourth in the shot put. Irmer also took second in the weight throw with an All New England qualifying toss of 46’0.50”, followed in third by Johnson with a personal record of 39’11.25”.

Both the men’s and women’s track teams will be competing in the Greater Boston Championships this coming Saturday at Harvard at 1 p.m.