Three Engineers Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three members of the MIT women's outdoor track and field team were named to the Capital One Academic All-District One team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon. Senior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.), junior Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.) and sophomore Dacie Manion (Old Town, Maine) will represent MIT on the national ballot and will vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on next month.

This is the second year in a row that Kuntz is appearing on the national ballot, after being named first team All-American last year. At last year's NCAA Championships, she received the Elite 89 Award, which is given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the championship site. The mechanical engineering and physics major came second in the Pole Vault at this year's NCAA indoor championships with a vault of 12-11.50 and won the event at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) outdoor championships last month for the third time in her career with a 12-01.50. She was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference and NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams this year.

Konopka is being featured on the Academic All-District for the first time in her career following a very successful junior season. At the indoor ECAC Championships, she finished in first place in the Pentathlon with 3,453 points after earning personal best performances in all five events. She is the current MIT record holder in the event. She finished in sixth place at indoor nationals with 3,387 points and was first in the heptathlon with 4,420 points at the outdoor New England Division III Championships earlier this month. Konopka, who is a brain and cognitive sciences major, was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference and NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams.

Just a sophomore, Manion is appearing on the national ballot for the first time. She received the Elite 89 Award at the 2012 cross country NCAA Championships, becoming the first MIT women's cross country runner to receive it. She finished sixth in the 6k at the cross country NEWMAC Championships (18:59.29). At this year's outdoor track and field NEWMAC Championships, she came in third place in the 10,000m with a time of 40:14.80. The mechanical engineering major has interned at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and conducted research in the Langer Lab at the David H. Koch Institute at MIT. She was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference and NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams for both cross country and track and field.

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