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Women’s Track Does Well at Weekend Meet

By Betsy Eames

TEAM MEMBER

The MIT Women’s Indoor Track and Field team gave outstanding performances this weekend at the MIT Coed Invitational. During the home meet, eight athletes qualified for the Division III Championships in six different events, adding to an array of qualifications earned earlier in the indoor track season.

Captain Meredith N. Silberstein ’05 has qualified in the 55 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the long jump. She will also run in the 4x200 and 4x400 meter relays in the Division III Championships. Other seniors who have qualified for the national championships include Nancy J. Benedetti ’05 in the 5000 meters, Julia C. Espel ’05 in the 1500 meters, and Alisa P. Lehman ’05 in the 800 meters.

Christine Fanchiang ’07 has qualified in the 55 meter hurdles, the long jump, and the pole vault. Rachel M. Niehuus ’07, Jackie J. Greene ’07, and Andrea Staid ’07 have all qualified in the 600 meters. Other athletes heading to the national championships include Gwen B. Johnson ’08 in the 5000 meters, Allison R. Brown ’08 in the pole vault, Caroline E. Gorman ’08 in the 1000 meters, and Cassie N. Gibbs ’08 in the 200 meters.

Also, during the MIT Coed Invitational, 25 personal records were broken. Most notably, every member of MIT’s six-woman throwing squad achieved a personal record. Kay D. Furman ’07 and Cynthia C. Bossard ’07 each broke their previous personal records in the weight throw by three feet, putting them at 37' 6.5" and 38' 11.25", respectively. Aline Thomas ’07 threw the farthest for the MIT squad in the shot put (34' 5.25") and weight throw (40' 11").

The Tech track team will take the field again this spring when the outdoor season commences.