No. 8 MIT Women's Track & Field Sending 7 to Nationals This Weekend

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the pre-NCAA U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll that was released on Monday, the MIT women's indoor track and field team moved up to eighth in the nation, the highest the Engineers have been ranked all season. They finished behind fellow NEWMAC institution, Wheaton College in seventh and above Ramapo College, who were ninth.

This past weekend, the Engineers split up and went to different meets, with some of them traveling to New York for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship that was held at the Armory on Friday, while others competed in the Last Chance meet at Tufts University on Saturday.

On Friday, junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) set a new MIT record in the pentathlon with her 3,432 points, earning her a first place finish. At the Last Chance Meet, junior Alexandra Taylor (Harbor Springs, Mich.) won  the 800 meters in 2:15.69, sophomore Preethi Vaidyanathan (South Windsor, Conn.) was victorious in the high jump with 5-04.25 and senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) won the pole vault with a vault of 12-04.00. Freshman Sarah Quinn (Watchung, N.J.) set a new MIT freshman record with her 17:09.15 in the 5000 meters.

The Engineers will end their indoor season at the NCAA Championship, which will be held at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., this Friday and Saturday, March 8-9. MIT will be represented by eight women: seniors Brooke Johnson (Shoreham, N.Y.) and Kuntz, juniors Taylor and Konopka, sophomore Cindy Huang (San Jose, Calif.) and freshmen Quinn, Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Nicole Zeinstra (Holland, Mich.). They will also be joined by seven members of the men's track and field team: seniors Patrick Marx (Grand Rapids, Minn.) and Logan Trimble (Clearwater, Fla.), juniors Justin Bullock (Detroit, Mich.) and Tyler Singer-Clark ( Falmouth, Mass.), sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.), and freshmen States Lee (Charlotte, N.C.) and Derek Barnes (Coto De Caza, Calif.)