February 22, 2005

Women's Track Places 13th at New England Division III Championships

Feb. 22, 2005

Complete Results

By
Steve Vaitones

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - A total of 10 new personal-best performances contributed to 20 scoring points as MIT finished 13th at the New England Division III Championships held at Smith College on Saturday. The Engineers were just two points shy of 10th place as 24 schools scored in the meet.

Tech picked up its largest point total in the pole vault, where Christine Fanchiang tied for second with a clearance of 10'11.75", setting a personal best and making her the No. 2 all-time MIT vaulter. Fanchiang also collected points for a seventh-place finish in the hurdles.

An outstanding performance was recorded by Leanne Veldhuis in the pentathlon, where her 2,882 point total is the second highest in the program's history. The rookie also posted personal-best marks in four of the five individual events, only missing in the hurdles.Veldhuis' chart-toppers include: 15'5" in the long jump, 29'2.75" in the shot put, 4'8.75" in the high jump, and 2:26.25 in the 800 meters, which was not only a nine-second improvement but it also placed her third on the MIT all-time list in the 800.

Veldhuis also anchored the 4x200 (seventh, 1:50.51) and 4x400 (sixth, 4:12.65) relays, both of which scored points out of the unseeded sections. Both relays clocked season bests and were the best performances by Engineer foursomes since 1999.

Co-captain Meri Silberstein leapt 16'5" in the long jump, finishing in seventh place. Jackie Greene moved to No. 3 in MIT history in the 600 meters with a time of 1:43.62.

In the 5000, Gwen Johnson lowered the freshman record for the third straight week with a time of 18:47.89. The new time is an eight-second improvement over the previous mark and also qualified her for All-New Englands. In the same race, Nancy Benedetti saw a 24-second improvement, cutting her time to 18:58.47 and placing fourth on the Tech list.