April 22, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - After a record-setting performance at the Springfield Invitational over the weekend, Portia Jones has been named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track Athlete of the Week for the second consecutive week. The freshman was a part of one winning relay squad and helped set three school records on Saturday, as the Engineers took first place in the meet, their final tune-up before this weekend's NEWMAC Championship. In addition, Jones was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Track Athlete of the Week for the first time this year.
Jones anchored the victorious 4x400m relay team that achieved an NCAA provisional qualification with its time of 3:56.16. That time is now the fastest in school history. She also reached the provisional mark in the 400m and set a new MIT record, finishing second in 56.95 seconds. Jones also set an Institute standard in the 200 with a time of 25.32, good for third place overall.
This is the fifth Conference Athlete of the Week selection for the Cardinal and Grey this season.
Tech will travel to Mount Holyoke for the NEWMAC Championship on Saturday, April 25. The meet begins at 11:00 a.m.