March 9, 2011

Jones and Fisher Named Regional Athletes of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of MIT athletes were honored by the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week, in advance of the upcoming NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship. Senior Karin Fisher was selected as the New England Field Athlete of the year while Portia Jones was named the Regional Track Athlete of the Year. Both athletes captured New England Division III titles at the NCAA Regional Championship recently and will take part in the National meet, beginning on Friday.

Jones received top honors in New England for the third time in her distinguished career, as the junior received the same award during the Indoor and Outdoor seasons last year. At the New England Championship, Jones set a new program record while winning the 200 meters and was a runner-up in the 400m. She was also a part of the 4x200 meter relay that took first and the second-place 4x400 relay. Jones will compete in the 400 and the 55-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championship. She is seeded third in the hurdles and ninth in the 400m.

Fisher has been one of the top pole vaulters in the country all season, as the senior enters the National Championship tied for the top overall mark in Division III. Fisher has taken first in the event in all but one meet this season and set an Institute record with her most recent vault of 13-6.25 feet at the ECAC Championship.

Fisher, Jones and the rest of the women's track and field squad will look to continue their recent run of success at the NCAA Division III Championship. The Engineers have recorded three straight national top 10 finishes, highlighted by a third-place showing at last year's Outdoor Championship.