May 30, 2013

Three Members of MIT Men's Track & Field Team Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three student-athletes from the MIT men's outdoor track and field team were named to the Capital One Academic All-District team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon. Seniors Kyle Hannon (Park Ridge, Ill.) and Cyrus Vafadari (Columbus, Ga.) and junior Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) will represent MIT on the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on next month.

Hannon is appearing on the All-District team for the third time in his career, after being tabbed as a third team All-American his sophomore year and first team as a junior. The computer science major is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Elite 89 Award (formerly Elite 88), which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the national championship site. This season, he finished third in the 5,000m in the meet against Bates and Colby (15:19.00) and was first in the 1,500m in the Engineer's Cup (7:54.21). He has held internships with Facebook, the University of Chicago Computation Institute, TripAdvisor, D.E. Shaw and Co. and Argonne National laboratories. 

Vafadari is being featured on the national ballot for the first time following a strong senior season that included coming second in the Pole Vault at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships last month with a vault of 15-01.00 and a second place finish at the New England Division III Championships with a 15-03.00. He also came first at the indoor New England Division III Championships with a 15-08.25. The nuclear engineering major has conducted data analysis and physics research for quark-gluon plasma and is the co-founder and CTO of Sookbox, LLC. He was also named NEWMAC Academic All-Conference and NEWMAC All-Conference.

At last weekend's NCAA Championships, Singer-Clark left La Crosse, Wis. as an All-American in both the 4x100 and the 4x400 relay, helping to break the MIT record from 1990 in the former. He also ran the 400m, finishing just one place short of making it back to finals. At the NEWMAC Championships, he came first in the 100m (10.98), 200m (21.95) and 4x100 relay, and, at ECACs earlier this month, he broke the MIT record in the 200m (21.37) that had been the mark to beat since 2005. The computer science and engineering major has held an internship in the digital piano lab and held an IBM co-op. He was named NEWMAC Academic All-Conference and NEWMAC All-Conference after this year's conference championships.

The Academic All-America teams are set to be released at the end of June.