May 25, 2011

Sobes Becomes Second Tech Student-Athlete Recognized as one of NCAA’s ‘Elite’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT graduate student and All-American, Vladimir Sobes, was presented with the NCAA's prestigious Elite 88 Award on Wednesday at the Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship awards ceremony. Sobes, who carried a perfect 5.0 grade point average throughout his undergraduate career at MIT, joins sophomore Kyle Hannon as winners of the Elite 88 award, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 88 championships. Hannon received the distinction at the Indoor Track & Field national meet.

Sobes is making his second straight appearance at the NCAA Championship, as he qualified in the javelin in each of the past two years. Sobes placed third in the event in 2010, earning All-America honors and is seeded fifth entering this year's meet. Sobes earned his undergraduate degree in Nuclear Science and Engineering and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in the School of Engineering.

The Elite 88, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

Sobes and the other 11 Tech athletes who qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship will compete on Thursday, beginning at 12:00 p.m., through Saturday.

For more information on the Elite 88 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite88.