May 31, 2012

MIT Places Five on Track & Field/Cross Country Academic All-District Teams

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five student-athletes from the MIT men's and women's track & field and cross country teams were named to the Capital One Academic All-District One team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday. Senior Stephen Serene (Washington, D.C.), junior Kyle Hannon (Park Ridge, Ill.) and sophomore Tyler Singer-Clark (Falmouth, Mass.) were honored on the men's side while senior Portia Jones (Queens, N.Y.) and junior Lauren Kuntz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) landed on the women's squad.

All five honorees are now eligible for selection to the Academic All-America team, which will be announced next month. Both Hannon and Jones garnered Academic All-America honors last year, with Jones tabbed to the second team and Hannon to the third.

Hannon, Serene, Jones and Kuntz all recently competed at the NCAA Division III championship, with Jones earning the 17th All-America honors of her outstanding career, with an eighth-place finish in the 4x400 relay. Jones is a four-time New England Track Athlete of the Year and the 2012 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track Athlete of the Year. She holds the MIT record in 11 different events and was the national runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles last year.

Kuntz received the NCAA Elite 89 award at the 2012 Division III indoor championship, given to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the championship site. She is a two-time All-America performer in the pole vault and has won the event at the NEWMAC championship twice.

Hannon was also the recipient of the Elite 89 award at this year's indoor championship, the second straight year he has received this honor. Hannon was an All-American in the distance medley relay at the 2011 and 2012 Division III indoor championship and was the NEWMAC champion in the 1500m this spring. He has also been named MIT's Kispert Award winner, as the top male scholar athlete, two years in a row.

Serene finished just outside of the All-America level in the 3000 meter steeplechase last weekend, placing ninth in the event. He has received All-New England honors 10 times in his career, eight in track & field and twice in cross country. He has also been an all-conference performer twice in track & field and twice in cross country.

Just a sophomore, Singer-Clark collected his first two All-American accolades at this year's indoor national meet in the distance medley relay and 4x400 meter relay. He won the New England title in three events this year and is a 12-time all-region performer.

Tech's three honorees on the men's side was the highest total in the region and the second best in Division III. Fellow NEWMAC institution, WPI, also had five student-athletes recognized, three women and two men. The Academic All-America teams will be selected by the CoSIDA members and announced on June 19. MIT is the all-time Division III leader in Academic All-Americans with 174. The men's track and field/cross country teams have accounted for 16 while the women have had 12 recipients.