Portia Jones Named New England Track Athlete of the Year
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT Women’s track and field standout, Portia Jones, has been named the New England Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Jones, who was the New England Division III Champion in the 200m as well as the 4x400 relay, received the same honor for her performance during the Indoor season this year.
Just a sophomore, Jones has already built an impressive resume during her two years at MIT. She has captured four All-America nods, won the New England Division III title in five events, and is a nine-time All-Conference performer. She also holds the MIT record in 12 different events, including seven individual marks.
In 2010, Jones has been one of the top overall performers in all of Division III. Entering the NCAA Outdoor Championship, Jones ranked among the top 10 in the country in five different events. At the New England Division III Championship, she accounted for a team-high 27 points, as the Cardinal and Gray finished second in the team rankings. She was named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference in five events earlier this year and was the All-Division New England Champion in the 400 meters, beating out competitors from Division I and II squads.
Jones and the rest of the women’s team, which is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation, will look to secure their best finish ever at the NCAA Division III Championship, which begins on Thursday, May 27 in Barea, Ohio. Tech has a total of seven athletes competing in nine events and will look to improve upon its 10th place finish at last year’s Championship meet.