May 29, 2010

Jacqui Wentz Captures MIT’s Second Straight NCAA National Championship

BAREA, Ohio – Just a day after Stephen Morton became the MIT’s 22nd NCAA Individual Champion, Jacqui Wentz followed that up with a National Title of her own with an impressive performance in the 3000 meter Steeplechase. Wentz cruised to a comfortable 14 second victory, setting a new MIT record in the process.

Entering as the No. 2 overall seed in the meet, Wentz made her move halfway through the race, pulling away from the field to finish in 10:16.16. With the third fastest in Division III history, Wentz improved upon her fourth-place finish in 2009 to earn the first Championship in the women’s program history.

“I feel like I had a good performance in me today,” Wentz said. “A few weeks ago, I set my time to qualify to get in here. I knew if I ran my race, I could better that time and do well today. I am very proud of my performance today.”

Earlier in the day, Portia Jones qualified for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles with the second-fastest overall time, 14.07 seconds.

Through two days, the women’s team sits in 11th place with 10 total points while the men are in fifth with 13 points.

The National Championship meet wraps up on Saturday with Tech athletes slated to compete in the men’s triple jump, men’s and women’s 1500, women’s 100 and 400 hurdles, 200m and 4x400 relay.