2003-04 Season Highlights

Oct. 14, 2004

  • Feeding off the enthusiastic home crowd on Jan. 31, senior Martha Buckley paced MIT's indoor women's track team to one of its finest efforts of the season by breaking two school records. Buckley began the afternoon by setting a new Institute mark in the mile with a time of 5:10.23. Buckley equaled her record-setting success in the 1000, clipping her own school mark after breaking the tape in 3:05.05.
  • Senior Martha Buckley and freshman Andrea Staid set new Institute records en route to MIT's 10th-place finish out of 23 schools at the New England Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Buckley set a new benchmark in the 5000 with a clip of 17:35.93 and Staid added the 600 to her record-breaking effort in the 800, with a time of 1:40.89.
  • Competing in the All-Division New England Track & Field Championships, head coach Paul Slovenski led the women's unit to four school records and two national qualifying marks. Tech set records in both horizontal jumping events as senior Chinwe Nyenke broke the Institute mark in the triple jump (36'7.75") and junior Nalini Gupta reset the MIT record in the long jump (17'3.25"). The Engineers also established new program highs in the 4x800 relay and the distance medley relay. Rookie Andrea Staid, junior Alisa Lehman, sophomore Liz Walker and senior Martha Buckley combined for a 9:46.88 split in the 4x800, shattering the existing record of 9:56.42. In the DMR, junior Julia Espel and senior Chi-Chi Obi teamed with Staid and Buckley in blitzing the previous Institute record by 13 seconds (12:21.99).
  • Graduate-student Cat Tweedie became the second MIT pole vaulter in three years to place on the All-America team after finishing eighth overall at the 2004 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Tweedie recorded a jump of 11'5.25" to secure her finish in the event standings. Senior Martha Buckley finished 10th overall in the 5000, recording her first top-10 national finish after crossing the line in 18:03.05.
  • Senior Chinwe Nyenke broke into the spring record book for MIT by setting the Institute record in the triple jump at 36'5" at the Engineer's Cup.
  • After setting a new Institute record in her season debut, junior Nalini Gupta reset Tech's outdoor record in the long jump with a leap of 17'8" at MIT's Steinbrenner Stadium.
  • Freshman Andrea Staid was named NEWMAC Outdoor Track and Field Rookie of the Year after breaking the tape in the 800-meter run at the Conference Championship. Staid dominated from the middle distances all season, establishing new Institute records in both the 600m (1:40.89) and the 800m (2:24.32). Graduate-student Catherine Tweedie, seniors Kathryn Duffy, Martha Buckley, and Meredith Silberstein, juniors Ashley Rothenberg, Jennifer Gaugler, Julia Espel, Nalini Gupta, Nancy Benedetti, and Veronica Andrews, and sophomores Elizabeth Walker, Jordan Wirfs-Brock, and Karen Kinnaman earned Conference All- Academic honors.
  • At the 2004 Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships graduate-student Cat Tweedie took 11th place in the pole vault with a jump of 11' 2.5".