Women’s track team finishes fifth in Boston



Even without its distance runners, the women’s indoor track team proved itself at the Reggie Lewis Center this weekend.

On Friday night, the women’s indoor track team finished fifth overall at the Husky Invitational in Boston with a 70.50 score. Host Northeastern University’s 102 placed it second behind the University of Southern Florida’s winning 110.33 score. The University of Connecticut (81) and Syracuse University (79) separated Yale from the top two spots. Fifteen schools competed.

The Elis focused on preparing for the upcoming Feb. 8 Ivy League meet against Cornell University, the defending Ivy League Champion.

“Of course we want to run fast, but this weekend was more about getting ready for next weekend’s Ivy meet,” Becky Rauth ’03 said.

Rauth was a member of the 1600 meter relay team — along with Anika Kreider ’03, Katrina Svoboda ’05, and Katie Greene ’06 — that qualified for the ECAC Championship meet in 3:53.93. Kreider also placed second in the 500 meter run in 1:16.46.

And Dionna Thomas’ ’06 triple jump of 16-feet 7-inches qualified her for the ECAC Championship meet. Qualifying Bulldogs will return to the Reggie Lewis Center March 8 for the ECAC Championship event.

“We don’t look at it as a team score,” coach Mark Young said. “We had a generally good performance, and we were able to compete in a race atmosphere.”

The team competed without long distance runners, who took the weekend off from competition.

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