April 11, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Quality and depth helped lead MIT to a solid win at the annual Engineers Cup held this past Saturday at Steinbrenner Stadium. MIT finished with a total of 205 points while RPI tallied 115 and WPI had 67. The final score was a significant turnaround from last year, when RPI took top honors with a 34-point margin.
MIT swept the first four places in the steeplechase and 5000 meter individual races, while the field events supplemented the score with significant point contributions in the throws.
Aline Thomas and Leanne Veldhuis each set a freshman record for MIT. Thomas upped the six-year old mark in the hammer to 133'10. The previous record was held by former All-American Princess Imoukhuede '02. Veldhuis re-set the mark in the 400 hurdles to 69.15, resulting in the second fastest time in the program's history.
Co-captains led by example, as Julia Espel was the decisive winner in the steeplechase and placed second in the 5000. Meri Silberstein placed second in the long jump and 100 meters. Silberstein's time of 12.73 in the 100 was just .04 seconds off the varsity record.
This weekend, MIT will travel to Waterville, Maine to compete in the State of Maine Invitational.