Engineers Place Second At Spring Fling Meet

April 3, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The women's track team competed in the Diet Pepsi Invitational last Saturday. The meet was hosted by the University of Florida and featured some quality performances by the Engineers.

Freshman Adrienne Bolger placed 17th in the 1500 meter run with a time of 4:56.18. She also finished 35th in the 8000 meter run (2:23.51) to lead MIT. Junior Alisha Schor took ninth in the 5000 meter run (19:04). Junior Christine Fanchiang paced the Engineers in three events. She placed 12th in the pole vault (3.20m), 24th in the long jump (4.57m) and 35th in the 100 meter hurdles (16:83).

Sophomores Karen Davie and Aline Thomas and junior Kay Furman were also solid for MIT. The Engineers were led by Davie's 17th place mark in the triple jump (9.77m), Thomas' 16th place finish in the shot put (9.26m) and 14th place finish in the hammer throw (42.7m) and Furman's 19th place effort in the discuss throw (31.75m). To close out the meet, junior Chi-Fong Wang tossed the javelin 32.77 meters to finish 10th.

On Wednesday, the Engineers were in Clermont, Florida for the Spring Fling Meet. The team placed second of four teams with a total score of 178 points. Colby College won the competition with 186 points.

Highlights on the day included several first place efforts by MIT athletes. Fanchiang took first in the 100 meter hurdles (16.22) and tied for first with freshman teammate Emily Hwang in the pole vault (10-00.00). Also placing first was junior Alisha Schor in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:41.38 and freshman Emilie Repak in the triple jump (33-11.00). The Engineers led competition in the 4x100 meter relay as well and nabbed first.

There were other notable performances for MIT: Leanna Veldhuis placed second (1:07.18) in the 400 meter hurdles, Kay Furman took second (32.76m) in the discus throw, junior Hana Adaniya came in third (5:02.70) in the 1500 meter run and Fanchiang earned third place in the long jump (15-07.75) and fourth in the 100 meter dash (13.1).

The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, April 8, when they will face WPI and RPI in the Engineer's Cup. The competition will begin at 12:00 p.m.