MIT Finishes 11th in Directors’ Cup RankingsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming on the heels of one of the most successful campaigns in Institute history, MIT placed 11th among all Division III schools in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. This was the highest ranking for the Engineers in the 14-year history of the program and the first time they were the best performers in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Jacqui Wentz Competes at USA Track & Field ChampionshipsDES MOINES, Iowa Recent MIT graduate, Jacqui Wentz, took part in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships over the weekend, as she was entered in the Womens 3000m Steeplechase. The meet, which was held at Drake University, featured some of the top competitors in the country, including former Olympians, Division I athletes and World Champions. Wentz fared extremely well, qualifying for the event final and ultimately finishing 8th overall in the Steeplechase.
Monks, Wentz Collect Academic All-America AccoladesCAMBRIDGE, Mass. MIT seniors Maria Monks and Jacqui Wentz were named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Womens Track and Field and Cross Country teams this morning, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Monks was a First Team honoree while Wentz was tabbed for the Second Team, as their selections now bring MITs total of Academic All-American on the year to eight.
MIT Womens Track and Field Team Finishes Third at NCAA ChampionshipBAREA, Ohio The MIT womens track and field team concluded an excellent season on Saturday afternoon with a third-place finish, the highest in Institute history, at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship. On the strength of six All-America honors, including the programs first Individual National Champion, the Cardinal and Gray totaled 37 points at the meet.
Jacqui Wentz Captures MITs Second Straight NCAA National ChampionshipBAREA, Ohio Just a day after Stephen Morton became the MITs 22nd NCAA Individual Champion, Jacqui Wentz followed that up with a National Title of her own with an impressive performance in the 3000 meter Steeplechase. Wentz cruised to a comfortable 14 second victory, setting a new MIT record in the process.
Stephen Morton Wins NCAA Long Jump National ChampionshipBAREA, Ohio MIT senior, Stephen Morton, captured the NCAA Division III National Championship in the long jump on Thursday, becoming the 22nd NCAA Individual Champion in MIT history. Morton out-leapt Kellen McCrary of Wisconsin-La Crosse by an inch and a half to cap off a very successful first day for the Cardinal and Gray at the National Championship meet.
MIT Track & Field Teams Head to NCAA ChampionshipCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Both the MIT mens and womens track and field teams will travel to Barea, Ohio this week for the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship with their sights set on bringing home a record number of All-America honors. A total of 11 athletes are entered in the field, the most in Institute history, as the women will be represented in nine events and the men will appear in five.
Portia Jones Named New England Track Athlete of the YearCAMBRIDGE, Mass. MIT Womens track and field standout, Portia Jones, has been named the New England Womens Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Jones, who was the New England Division III Champion in the 200m as well as the 4x400 relay, received the same honor for her performance during the Indoor season this year.
Improved NCAA Marks, MIT Records Highlight Track and Fields Last Chance QualifierCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Some of the top athletes in New England were out on the sun-soaked Steinbrenner Track on Friday afternoon, attempting to secure spots in next weekends NCAA Division III Championship, as MIT hosted a Last Chance Qualifier meet. Six MIT athletes were able to set new or improved NCAA qualifying marks while two Institute records also fell.
Engineers Compete at ECAC ChampionshipSPRINGFIELD, Mass. The MIT mens and womens track and field teams traveled to Springfield College over the weekend to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship. The womens squad was locked in a tight battle with Williams College throughout the meet, eventually finishing second overall with 66 total points. The men finished in a tie for ninth place out of 48 total teams.
Tech Finishes Eighth at All-New England'sDEDHAM, Mass. Looking to secure or improve spots at the NCAA Championship for many of its top athletes the MIT womens track and field team finished eighth overall at the New England Intercollegiate Athletic Amateur Association (NEICAAA) Championship over the weekend. The Engineers, ranked No. 7 in the country, were the second best Division III finisher in the meet, which matches the top squads in New England from across all Divisions.
NEWMAC Announces 2010 Spring Academic All-Conference TeamsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) recently announced the 2010 NEWMAC Spring Academic All-Conference Team. MIT collected 45 honors, second only to the 46 received by Springfield College. Tech finished the year with a league-high total of 105 awards, edging out Springfields 102.
Engineers Take Second at New England Division III ChampionshipMEDFORD, Mass. On the strength of a number of impressive individual performances, including 11 new or improved NCAA qualifying marks, as well as four new Institute records, the MIT womens track and field team took home second place at the NCAA Division III New England Championship. Tech, which is ranked No. 9 in the country, finished with 121.5 points, an impressive showing but not enough to overcome eventual champ, Williams College.
Women's Track and Field Wins Second Straight NEWMAC TitleSpringfield, Mass. -- MIT claimed the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Women's Track & Field team championship for the second straight year, and for the third time in the last four years, this afternoon at Springfield College's Blake Track with 197.5 points. The Engineers have now won this title in 2007, 2009, and 2010. Springfield took second with 167 points, followed by WPI with 129.
Gatowski and Fisher Sweep NEWMAC Weekly HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The MIT womens track and field squad swept this weeks New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) awards, as Alina Gatowski and Karin Fisher were named the NEWMAC Womens Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively. It was the second such honor for Gatowski and the fourth overall for the program this spring.
Five Qualifying Marks Highlight Final Regular Season Competition for Womens Track and FieldCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The MIT womens track and field team, ranked No. 6 in the latest USTFCCCA poll, fared extremely well, as five NCAA qualifying marks were achieved and one school record fell during Techs home Invitational meet on Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner track. Alina Gatowskis record time in the 5000 was the highlight of the non-scoring meet, the final regular season competition of the year for the Engineers, who will now prepare for the upcoming regional and national Championship meets.
No. 4 Engineers Down Bates and Colby in Home MeetCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The No. 4 MIT womens track and field team hosted its first outdoor meet of the spring on Saturday and picked up wins over visiting Bates and Colby Colleges, the 10th and 6th ranked teams in New England, respectively. The Engineers were victorious in every track event en route to the 167-129 win over second-place Bates. Colby finished with a total of 109 points.
Jones Leads Way for Womens Track and Field at Engineers CupTROY, N.Y. Portia Jones picked up a pair of individual wins and the MIT womens track and field team held on for a narrow victory over host RPI at Saturdays Engineers Cup meet in Troy, N.Y. Tech picked up seven wins on the track and one more in the field to earn 149.5 team points and outlast RPI by just 10 points. WPI finished third with 107 points.
Gatowski Named NEWMAC Track Athlete of the WeekCAMBRIDGE, Mass. MIT sophomore Alina Gatowski was named the New England Womens and Mens Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Womens Track Athlete of the Week, on Monday for her efforts at the Washington & Lee Spring Carnival over the weekend. Gatowski had one of five NCAA Provisional qualifying marks for the Engineers at the meet, which was part of the teams annual spring break trip.
Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season at NortheasternDEDHAM, Mass. The MIT track & field teams began their 2010 Outdoor season on Saturday, competing in the Northeastern Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Tech only sent a few athletes to the meet, just one week removed from a tremendous showing at the NCAA Indoor Championship.
Four All-America Honors Lead to 10th Place Finish at NCAA ChampionshipGREENCASTLE, Ind. The MIT womens track and field team traveled to DePauw University over the weekend for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship and came home with a 10th-place showing out of 61 scoring teams, the best finish in program history at the National Championship. The Engineers secured four All-America nods, as three individuals and one relay made it to the awards podium. Portia Jones and Hazel Briner each had an individual All-America performance in addition to their part on the 4x400 relay team and Karin Fisher also finished among the top eight in the pole vault.
MIT Track & Field Prepares for NCAA Division III ChampionshipCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The MIT mens and womens track & field teams will travel to Greencastle, Ind. this weekend to compete in the NCAA Division III Championship to be held on Friday and Saturday at DePauw University. Both teams enter the meet ranked highly in the National polls and hope to achieve historic success at the Championship. The MIT women come in as the No. 2 team in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings while the men currently sit at No. 7 in the nation. Seven women and three men will compete, as the teams look to improve on strong performances at last years National Championship, as Tech secured six All-America nods in 2009.
Jones, Morton Among MIT Track & Field Regional Award WinnersCAMBRIDGE, Mass. A pair of MIT track and field student-athletes, along with two Tech coaches, were honored on Tuesday as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced its regional Athletes and Coaches of the Year. The MIT mens team, which recently captured its 11th New England Division III Indoor Championship, received individual accolades for senior Stephen Morton, head coach Halston Taylor and assistant coach, Katherine Bright. Portia Jones was named the New England Womens Track Athlete of the Year as well.
MIT Track & Field Teams Tune up for NCAA Championship at ECAC MeetNORTHAMPTON, Mass. With the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship just a week away, the MIT mens and womens track and field teams headed to Smith College for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship meet. The womens squad, who recently moved up to No. 2 in the country, the highest ranking in program history, finished 11th of 43 scoring teams with a limited number of entrants. On the mens side, the No. 11 Engineers complied 16 points among just four scoring competitors, to place 17th overall.
Womens Track & Field Finishes Seventh at All-New EnglandsBOSTON, Mass. The No. 3 ranked MIT womens track and field team traveled across town to Boston University for this weekends New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Championship and came away with its best showing in program history at the meet, a seventh-place standing among 34 teams. With only a limited number of athletes competing, the Engineers will still able to compile 31 team points in a meet featuring the top teams in the region from across all Divisions. Techs seventh-place finish was the best among all Division III squads at the meet.
Womens Track & Field Takes Second at New England ChampionshipGORHAM, Maine Competing without a pair of All-America performers, the No. 3 ranked MIT womens track and field team was still able to take home second place at the NCAA New England Division III Championship, hosted by Southern Maine over the weekend. Portia Jones, Jamie Simmons and Hazel Briner captured individual New England titles, as Techs 90 team points were good for second behind Williams College, which finished with 156 points.
MIT Relays Highlight Outstanding Weekend for Womens Track & FieldCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Competing in a pair of non-scoring Invitational meets over the weekend, the MIT womens track and field squad had a chance to achieve some strong individual performances. The Engineers, competing at both the Valentines Meet at Boston University and their own Coed Invite, were able to capitalize on this opportunity, as a number of athletes reached NCAA qualifying standards, while Portia Jones and the Distance Medley Relay posted squad the fastest times in Division III in their events on the season.
Five National Qualifying Performances Highlight Womens Track & Field Home MeetCAMBRIDGE, Mass. The No. 3 ranked MIT womens track and field team welcomed Williams and Coast Guard to the Shobrys and Aronson Track over the weekend. While the Engineers were not able to match the depth of Williams, falling 208-132, a number of athletes recorded some very impressive individual performances. Five different NCAA Provisional qualifying marks were met, in addition to a new Institute record, set by Jacqui Wentz.
No. 16 Engineers Take First at BowdoinBRUNSWICK, Maine The MIT womens track and field team, currently ranked No. 16 in the nation by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA), competed in a meet with a number of the top teams in the region on Saturday at Bowdoin College. The defending New England Division III champs were looking to avenge a narrow loss to the host Polar Bears at the same meet last year. With yet another strong day on the track, where they won nine of 12 running events, the Engineers secured first place with 210.5 total points, easily outscoring second-place Bowdoins total of 159.
Briners NCAA Qualifying Mark Highlights MIT InvitationalCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Hazel Briner achieved an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the pole vault while Jacqui Wentz set a new Institute record at 1000m for the MIT womens track & field squad at a Coed Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Shobrys and Aronson Track. Portia Jones also had an impressive day sprinting for the Cardinal and Gray, who competed against some of the top teams in New England at this non-scoring meet.
Engineers Dominate Track Events en Route to Tri-Meet Win over Bates and ColbyCAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its season opening meet, the MIT women's track & field squad picked up right where it left off, following a pair of New England Division III crowns in 2009 in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Taking on Bates and Colby on Saturday afternoon on the Johnson Indoor Track, the Engineers won 10 of 12 running events to outlast Bates, 160-127. Colby took third with 97 points.