GRINNELL, Iowa – The MIT men's track and field team earned a tie for 14th place while the women were tied for 21st overall at the NCAA Division III indoor track & field championship held at Grinnell College over the weekend. The Engineers earned a total of seven All-America honors at the championship as the men finished with a team score of 14 points and the women totaled nine points.
In the final event of the championship on Saturday, both the men and the women 4x400 relay teams had high hopes. The women entered the meet with the second fastest time in the country while the men were seeded sixth. Running in the faster of the two sections, the women's group of seniors, Portia Jones (New York, N.Y.), Jamie Simmons (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Martha Gross (Short Hills, N.J.) and sophomore Jacqueline Brew (Amherst, N.H.) placed fifth in their heat and fifth overall to collect All-America accolades.
On the men's side, the quartet of juniors Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.), Brian Gager (Rye, N.Y.), sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) and freshman Sam Parker (Menlo Park, Calif.) finished sixth overall with a time of 3:19.74.
Jones also competed in the finals of the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday. The senior concluded her outstanding indoor career with an eighth-place finish in a time of 8.99 seconds.
Tech's final competitor on Day Two of the championship was freshman Elaine McVay (San Ramon, Calif.), who was running the women's 5000 meters. McVay posted a time of 17:35.46 to earn 10th place.
On the first day of the championship, Seniors Nathan Peterson (Kansas City, Mo.) and Chinedum Umachi (Detroit, Mich.) landed on the All-America podium thanks to fifth and sixth-place showings in the pole vault and weight throw, respectively.
Also on Day One, both of MIT's distance medley relay squads earned points, as the men's and women's groups each collected fifth-place finishes. The men's group of juniors Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.), Kyle Hannon (Park Ridge, Ill.), Marx and Singer-Clark ran a time of 10:02.41. The women's squad consisting of Simmons and Gross, sophomore Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) and freshman Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) also took fifth in 11:53.85.
North Central College won the men's team title with 48 points. Wartburg College easily took the women's crown, with 99 points, 51 more than the runner-up.