April 17, 2006
LEWISTON, Maine. - The women's track team won eight events and took second place this past Saturday at the Bates College Invitational. MIT finished with 130 points and defeated Bates (122), but Colby College ran away with the meet victory (151). Sophomore Karen Davie led the Engineers with impressive wins in the high, long and triple jumps.
Junior Alisha Schor began a strong day for MIT by finishing the 3000 meter steeplechase with a first place and New England Division III qualifying time of 11:35.64. After MIT won the 4x100 meter relay (52.12), junior Hana Adaniya took second (5:00.20) in the 1500. The Engineers then competed in the 100 hurdles and junior Christine Fanchiang placed third (16.45). The junior went on to win the pole vault (3.20m) and place second in the 100 meter dash (13.56) and third in the long jump. The Engineers next event victory came in the 400 meter hurdles, where sophomore Leanne Veldhuis finished first with a time of 1:05.00.
Perhaps the strongest events for MIT were the jumping events led by Davie. She began with a first place mark of 1.47 meters in the high jump before leaping to victories in the long (4.84m) and the triple jump (10.06).
Sophomore Aline Thomas also posted a pair of impressive performances in the hammer throw (45.78m) and shot put (11.17m). Both marks were good for second place. The lone athlete to best Thomas in the hammer throw was Keelin Godsey of Bates College, who also won the shot put and discus. Her toss of 61.88 meters was the best throw this season for NCAA Division III athletes.
After a disappointing showing in the discus, junior Chi-Fong Wang helped MIT close out the day on a positive note. She won the javelin throw with a toss of 38.90 meters.
The Engineers return home on Saturday, April 22 to host the Co-Ed Invitational.