May 21, 2012

Full Field for NCAA Track & Field Championship Released

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seven men and seven women will make the trip to Clermont, Calif. for this weekend's NCAA Division III outdoor track & field championship, hosted by Clermont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges May 24-26. The Tech women will hope for a repeat of their fourth-place showing from 2011 while the men are hoping to return to the awards' podium after not scoring last year.

The list of women's qualifiers for MIT is senior-laden, led by 16-time All-America honoree, Portia Jones (Queens, N.Y.), who will compete in four events at the national championship. Jones will run in the 200 meters, where she is seeded ninth, and the 100-meter hurdles, as the seventh seed. Jones will also be a part of the 4x100 and 4x400-meter relays along with fellow seniors Martha Gross (Short Hills, N.J.) and Jamie Simmons (Carlsbad, Calif.) and sophomore Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.).

Simmons will run in another individual event, the 400-meter hurdles, an event in which she is seeded third overall.

Freshman Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.) will be a part of the field for the 10,000 meters. The Cardinal and Gray will also have a pair of entries in the field events. Junior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) will look to pick up her third All-America nod in the pole vault while freshman Tilly Taylor (South Deerfield, Mass.) will compete in the javelin.

On the men's side, Tech has seven qualifiers in six different individual events at the championship. Senior Benjamin Mattocks (Sharon, Mass.) and junior teammate Kyle Hannon (Park Ridge, Ill.) are both entered in the 1500 meters, as the No. 11 and 12 seed, respectively. Junior Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) is the 15th seed in the 800 meters and senior Daniel Harper (Naperville, Ill.) comes in with the 11th best time in the 10,000 meters.

Senior Stephen Serene (Washington, D.C.) earned his way into the field of 20 in the men's steeplechase with a terrific race at the ECAC championship this past weekend. Serene improved his qualifying time with a huge, 13-second personal best and a new MIT record, climbing all the way up to 11th on the performance list.

Tech has a pair of representatives in the field events, with junior Nathan Peterson (Kansas City, Mo.) qualifying in the pole vault and senior Chinedum Umachi (Detroit, Mich.) making the field in the hammer throw.

The NCAA championship will begin on Thursday, May 24. The full schedule of events can be found here.