Feb. 7, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's indoor track and field team finished sixth out of 12 teams at the Tufts University Invitational on Saturday. Christine Fanchiang claimed first in the pole vault with a height of 10'6", a six inch improvement of her previous personal best. Gwen Johnson placed fourth in the 5000, setting a new freshman record at 19:11.61, besting Alisha Schor's mark from last season by eight seconds.
Fanchiang also finished seventh in the 55 hurdles with a time of 9.36 and placed eighth in the long jump with a distance of 14'10.75". Meri Silberstein captured fifth place in the long jump (15'5") and seventh in the 55 dash (7.81). Cassandra Gibbs was the only top-ten finisher in the 200, logging a time of 28.82. In the 400, Leanne Veldhuis placed fifth (1:02.38) while Brita Mittal was ninth (1:05.79). Veldhuis also finished in 10th place in the long jump with a distance of 14'5.75".
Andrea Staid and Teagan Andres finished right behind each other in the 600, with times of 1:45.37 and 1:47.55, for eighth and ninth places, respectively. Alisa Lehman paced the Engineers in the 800, taking eighth place in 2:29.55. Caroline Gorman logged a team-best 3:17.61 in the 1000 while Betsy Eames led the way in the 3000 with a time of 11:42.82. Jennifer Gaugler joined Johnson in the top-ten of the 5000, taking eighth place in 20:22.55.
Allison Brown and Melinda Dooley brought additional success in the pole vault with fourth and ninth place finishes, respectively. In the triple jump, Didi Eze and Karen Davie took sixth and seventh on jumps of 32'9.75" and 31'11.50". Aline Thomas, Cynthia Bossard, and Kay Furman each represented MIT in the top-ten of the weight throw. Thomas captured fifth (39'3.25") while Bossard was ninth (34'8.25") and Furman was 10th (34'3.5").