Feb. 5, 2007
BOSTON, Mass. - Maybe MIT should run all of its meets during the week. The women's track and field team competed in a rare Monday invitational at Boston University in preparation for a rapidly-approaching postseason, and the Engineers left the non-scoring meet boasting numerous personal records as well as a few new school marks.
Junior Leanne Veldhuis and freshman Maria Monks paced MIT's running contingent with two Institute records. Veldhuis ran 1:18.86 en route to a second-place finish in the 500-meter dash, while breaking a seven-year school record by nearly one full second. Monks continued her outstanding rookie campaign by securing her second MIT record of the season. Already capturing the indoor mark in the mile, Monks ran 10:12.29 in the 3000m. The split was strong enough for third place against a field comprised of some of the region's top Division I talent, while her time demolished the standing Institute record by eight seconds.
The Engineers enjoyed season-best performances in nearly every event, and the outstanding competition should serve the team well as it prepares for the New England Division III Championships in two weeks. Aline Thomas, who finished third overall in the weight throw, was the only other MIT athlete to place among the top three, but the placings proved irrelevant as several other competitors came close to setting Institute records.