May. 2, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT women's track and field team placed second with a team score of 172 at the NEWMAC Women's Track and Field Championships hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute this past weekend. Wheaton College captured the crown by edging out the Engineers by 14.5 points. Julia Espel closed her career with a pair of All-Conference First-Team selections while Erika Erickson, Gwendolyn Johnson, Christine Fanchiang, and Meri Silberstein received Second-Team plaudits. For the second time in his career, head coach Paul Slovenski was tabbed for Coach of the Year honors.
Espel finished first in the 3,000 steeplechase and the 5,000, with times of 11:30.30 and 18:48.02. In the steeplechase, Alisha Schor, Jennifer Gaugler, and Karen Kinnaman claimed third through fifth place. Schor turned in a fine performance in the 5,000 as she finished fourth in 19:24.61. Elizabeth Walker ranked eighth with a time of 20:44.62.
In the 1,500, Erickson was the runner-up as she posted a time of 4:59.61. She also placed seventh in the 800 at 2:27.38. Kristen Burrall and Caroline Gorman claimed fourth and eighth place in the 1,500. Johnson paced MIT's contingent in the 10,000 as she recorded a second-place finish in 39:19.61. Right behind her was Nancy Benedetti who logged a 39:31. 91. Betsy Eames was the third scoring member of the squad as she finished seventh in 41:27.16.
Leanne Veldhuis had the top performance for the Engineers in the 100 hurdles as she finished fifth in 16.35. Silberstein was the source of Tech's scoring in the 100 dash by placing fifth with a time of 13.42. Jacqueline Greene recorded a pair of sixth-place finishes in the 200 (27.63) and the 400 (61.22). Andrea Staid and Alisha Lehman ranked fourth and fifth in the 800 with times of 2:25.41 and 2:26.01. Veldhuis and Silberstein finished right behind each other in the 400 hurdles, claiming sixth and seventh place.
Fanchiang claimed second place in the pole vault with a height of 10'11.75". Allison Brown was three spots behind her as she cleared 9'6.25". Silberstein earned the Engineers' second All-Conference honor in the field events by finishing second in the long jump with a distance of 15'8.25". Karen Davie and Fanchiang both recorded distances of 15', resulting in rankings of sixth and seventh, respectively. Davie went on to post a team-best 32'7.75" in the triple jump for fifth place. Silberstein finished seventh with a leap of 31'9.25".
Aline Thomas captured third place in the hammer throw (135') and fourth place in the shot put (35'11.25"). Kay Furman was fourth in the hammer (123'7") and sixth in the discus (99'6"). Chi-Fong Wang led the way in the javelin with a third-place toss of 122'10". Mirat Shah and Victoria Hsu finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Veldhuis, the lone scoring representative in the high jump claimed eighth place with a height of 4'10.25".