MIT Track & Field Squads Honored for Athletic and Academic Success

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT men’s and women’s track and field student-athletes and teams were recently honored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as 15 Tech athletes were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic squad. In addition, both the men and women received the Team Academic award. To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.3/4.0 and have met either the NCAA Division III Indoor or Outdoor automatic or provisional qualifying standard in their respective event. Squads with a cumulative team GPA of 3.10 or better also earned the All-Academic distinction. The Engineers’ total of 15 individual honorees was tied for the second most in all of Division III while the men’s team GPA of 3.44 was good for fourth-highest nationally.

Nine women, including national champion Jacqui Wentz, and six men were tabbed to the All-Academic squad. Joining Wentz were teammates Hazel Briner, Karin Fisher, Alina Gatowski, Martha Gross, Brooke Johnson, Portia Jones, Margaret Leibovic and Tania Morimoto. Briner, Fisher, Gross, Jones and Wentz combined to capture 13 All-America accolades at the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Championships.

Yermie Cohen, Kyle Hannon, James Oleinik, Vladimir Sobes, Greg Tao and Paul Welle earned this distinction on the men’s side. Hannon, Oleinik and Sobes were among a group of just six student-athletes to record cumulative GPA’s of 4.0 or greater.

Both teams had tremendous success in the 2009-10 seasons, culminating in a pair of top four finishes at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship in May. The women collected six All-America nods en route to a third place finish, the best national result in program history, while the men finished fourth overall on the strength of four All-America honors.