MIT Women's Track and Field Ties National Power Williams
Jan. 20, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT relied on a strong team performance in salvaging a tie with national power Williams College in Saturday's track and field quad meet at Shobrys and Aronson Indoor Track. The Engineers and Ephs each scored 204 points to outdistance third-place RPI (130) and Westfield State (36).
MIT orchestrated victories in two of the middle distance events to pick up key points. Junior Leanne Veldhuis grabbed first in an exiting finish in the 600-meter run. Crossing the line in 1:41.27, Velduis finish just in front of Williams runners Robin Kuntz (1:41.32) and Laura Walls (1:41.87). In the next distance up, sophomore Adrienne Bolger split 2:25.40 en route to a first place finish in the 800m.
MIT was really able to flex its muscle in the 5000m, where a resurging distance program took four of the first five places, including a one-two finish by freshman Maria Monks and junior Karen Condon. Monks broke the tape with a tremendous time of 17:53.93.
Freshman Amy Magnuson carried over a victory in the preliminaries of the 55m hurdles to the finals where she paced the field with a time of 8.81.
Williams won 10 individual events and both relays, but the Engineers kept pace with the Ephs by supplying depth in every event.