March 12, 2014

MIT Women's Track & Field Sending 10 Engineers to NCAAs

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. No. 6 MIT women's indoor track and field will be sending 10 student-athletes to the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University at the Bob Devaney Sports Center this Friday and Saturday, March 14-15. Tech will have seven individual competitors and one relay, the Distance Medley Relay, entered in the Championships. Last year, the Engineers tied for 13th place with 15 points.

Senior Louise van den Heuvel (Nashua, N.H.) is the only Engineer who will race in two individual events, entering the meet being seeded second in the Mile and 12th in the 3000m. She will be joined by fellow seniors Jaclyn Konopka (Novi, Mich.), who will compete in the Pentathlon, and Jackie Brew (Amherst, N.H.), who will run the 60m Hurdles.

After breaking her own MIT record twice within the span of two days last weekend, junior Michelle Johnson (Glendora, Calif.) ended up being seeded 14th in the Triple Jump. Sophomore Cimran Virdi (Walnut Creek, Calif.) will compete in the Pole Vault, while classmate Isabella Stuopis (Amherst, N.H.) will take on the Shot Put. Making her first appearance at NCAAs, freshman Maryann Gong (Livermore, Calif.) is seeded third in the 3000m.

MIT's DMR is also highly ranked, being seeded third behind Bates College and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, with just over a second separating all three of them. Freshmen Christina Wicker (Oak Harbor, Wash.) and Stephanie Guo (Houston, Texas), junior Cindy Huang (Mountain View, Calif.) and Gong will have the opportunity to go for the win.

The NCAA Championships will begin with the Heptathlon at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Live stats, heat sheets, schedules and results can all be found here.