April 18, 2005

Women's Track Finishes Second Overall Against The State of Maine

April 16, 2005

By
Steve Vaitones

WATERVILLE, Maine -  Junior Meri Silberstein won the long jump and sophomore Christine Fanchiang took the pole vault, leading the Engineers to second place in the State of Maine meet hosted by Colby on Saturday. MIT scored 133.5 points to finish behind the host-Mules (244.75), and ahead of Bowdoin (121.5) and Bates (107.25).

Both athletes scored significant points in additional events, with Silberstein taking second in the 400 hurdles, one place ahead of Fanchiang, and the latter also taking third in the long jump. Both runners ran legs on the second-place 4x100 relay.

A well balanced roster scored points across the board and produced a flurry of quality results. Rookie Aline Thomas bettered the freshman record in the hammer for the second straight week, spinning the implement 137'2" for fourth place, while teammate Kay Furman also recorded a personal best. Thomas added a personal record in the shot put, placing third with a mark of 34'1 1/2". Senior Julia Espel took fourth overall in the steeplechase with a clip of 11:37.91, and led four teammates (Alisha Schor, Jen Gaugler, Stephane Claussen, Katherine Hoff) to career bests.

A pair of freshmen scared ten-year-old yearling records; Erica Erickson ran 4:57.84 for 1500 meters, an even second off a spot atop the Institute's first year list, and Gwen Johnson took third in the 5000 in 18:59.48, less than two ticks off the rookie mark. Their times earned both runners No. 5 spots in their respective events' on the Tech all-time outdoor performance lists.

The squad returns to action, Saturday, April 23 at Steinbrenner Track in the Tech-hosted Co-ed Invitational.