MIT Finishes 11th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup RankingsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row MIT placed 11th among all Division III schools in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Engineers’ Institute-best finish once again registered as the highest performance by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
MIT Lands NCAA-Best Three Athletes on CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s Track and Field ListCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The accolades continued to pour in for the MIT women’s track & field program on Thursday, as three Engineers were named to the Capital One Academic All-America team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). No other Institution in the country was able to match Tech’s three honorees, as seniors Hazel Briner and Karin Fisher, as well as junior Portia Jones, were recognized for their outstanding athletic and academic achievements. With the selections of Briner, Fisher and Jones, MIT has now placed 11 individuals on the CoSIDA Academic All-America squads during the 2010-11 year, tying the high-water mark for the Institute, which was also achieved in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Joe Sousa, Former Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coach, Passes AwayCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Joe Sousa, former head coach of MIT’s women’s cross country and outdoor track and field teams, passed away on June 8 after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer. He began his seven-year tenure at MIT in 1991 with the cross country program and led the outdoor track and field team in its inaugural varsity season the following spring.
MIT’s Dominance Leads to Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year AwardCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Thanks to top four finishes at three straight NCAA Division III Championships, the MIT Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field program was honored as the Deb Vercauteren Program of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday. Tech received the award, which is given to an institution with the best combined team finishes in each of the NCAA’s three Championships in a given academic year, thanks to third-place showing at the Cross Country and Indoor meets and last week’s fourth-place finish at the Outdoor competition.
Women’s Track and Field Takes Fourth at NCAA Division III ChampionshipDELAWARE, Ohio – The MIT women’s track and field team capped off the most successful year in program history with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship over the weekend. The Cardinal and Gray collected 14 All-America nods and finished with 45 team points. Coach Halston Taylor’s program also clinched the Deb Vercauteren national program of the year award, given to the team that registers the best combined finishes at the NCAA Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
MIT Track & Field Teams Looking to Continue Success at NCAA ChampionshipsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men’s and women’s track and field teams will send a total of 12 athletes to this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championship, which will be held at Ohio Wesleyan University beginning on Thursday, May 26. The Tech women are ranked No. 3 in the nation entering the meet while the men will look to duplicate their success from 2010, where they finished fourth overall, the highest in program history.
Jones Honored as Top Performer in the Region; Taylor Collects Coaching AccoladesCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Already one of the most decorated athletes in MIT Women’s Track & Field history, Portia Jones has another achievement to add to her resume. The 10-time All-American was named the New England Women’s Track Athlete of the Year on Monday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Jones has now received this honor four consecutive times, during the 2010 Indoor and Outdoor seasons, as well as the 2011 Indoor campaign. Halston Taylor was also named the New England Women’s Coach of the Year, marking the second time in three years he has been so honored.
National Cuts and Institute Records Fall at All-New England ChampionshipNEW HAVEN, Conn. – The MIT track and field teams returned to action one week after their thrilling performances at the New England Division III Championship, which resulted in a win and second place-finish for the women and men, respectively. The Engineers took part in the All-New England Championship, competing against teams from across Divisions I, II and III, at Southern Connecticut State over the weekend. The teams focused more on individual qualifications rather than team scores but both fared well in the team standings, with the women placing seventh and the men finishing in 14th.
Women’s Track & Field Wins Second New England Division III ChampionshipCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite less than ideal conditions, including several lightning delays, the MIT women’s track and field team avenged last year’s loss to Williams College to capture its second New England Division III Outdoor Championship in three years. The Engineers picked up a key win in the 4x400 relay, the second to last event, and were able to hold off the Ephs by 3.5 points, finishing with a total of 141.5 points.
Sixty-six Engineers Named to Spring Academic All-Conference TeamCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) has announced the Academic All-Conference teams for the spring season of the 2010-11 academic year. MIT led the way with 66 student-athletes tabbed for Academic-All Conference honors.
Simmons and Taylor Recognized by the NEWMACCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following the MIT women’s track and field third consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship over the weekend, junior Jamie Simmons and head coach, Halston Taylor, were recognized by the conference for their accomplishments on Monday. Simmons was named the NEWMAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Year while Taylor collected his second Coach of the Year honor in three years.
Track and Field Achieves Regional and National Qualifications at Home InviteCAMRBIDGE, Mass. – MIT hosted its annual Track and Field Spring Invitational on Saturday, welcoming a dozen squads to the Steinbrenner track for a non-scoring meet. Without having to worry about team performance, the Engineers focused more on individual qualifications for the upcoming Championship season.
Outstanding Performance Earns Jones NEWMAC Weekly HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After an outstanding individual effort over the weekend that included four event wins, Portia Jones was named the Women’s Track Athlete of the Week by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Jones was one of eight different Tech women to earn multiple top-five finishes, as MIT defeated Bates and Colby College in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon.
Jones’ Big Day Helps Women’s Track and Field to Win over Bates and ColbyLEWISTON, Maine – Coming off a dominant performance in the Engineer’s Cup a week ago, the MIT women’s track and field team traveled to Lewiston, Maine to take on Bates and Colby College in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon. The Tech athletes showed their versatility and depth during the meet, as eight different women earned multiple top-five finishes, helping MIT win the meet with 188 points. Bates earned 123 points for second while Colby finished third with 95 points.
Briner Named NEWMAC Field Athlete of the WeekCAMBRIDGE, Mass. –Following an outstanding display at the Engineer’s Cup meet over the weekend, senior Hazel Briner was honored as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Field Athlete of the Week on Monday. Briner helped the Cardinal and Gray capture its sixth straight victory in the annual competition with RPI and WPI in convincing fashion. The Engineers recorded 217 team points to finish more than 90 points ahead of runner-up RPI (124.5).
Women’s Track & Field Cruises to Sixth Straight Engineer’s Cup CrownCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s track and field team hosted the Engineer’s Cup at Steinbrenner track on Saturday afternoon, welcoming RPI and WPI for the annual competition between the three technical Institutes. Cambridge’s version of the Engineers were able to assert their dominance, winning 10 of the 11 track events en route to 217 team points to capture their sixth straight team title in the Cup. RPI was second with 124.5 and WPI took third with 61.5 points.
Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season in CaliforniaSAN DIEGO, Calif. – Hoping to escape the unfavorable early spring conditions in New England, the MIT track & field team traveled to Southern California for a few days of training, followed by a meet at Point Loma Nazarene University on Saturday. Despite not being able to travel with a full roster, both the men and women scored well and turned in quality performances at the meet. The men finished fourth out of 12 teams with 347 points while the women totaled 390, good for third overall.
Welle, Holt-Gosslein Tabbed with NEWMAC Weekly HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. –Seniors Paul Welle and Anna Holt-Gosselin were selected as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track Athletes of the Week on Monday. Both runners kicked off the outdoor season with victorious performances in the Husky Invitational hosted by Northeastern University over the weekend.
Women’s Track & Field Finishes Third in the Nation at NCAA Indoor ChampionshipCOLUMBUS, Ohio – The MIT men’s and women’s track & field squads traveled to Capital University for the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship over the weekend and had a number of impressive results. On the strength of 14 All-America performances, the women’s team brought home a third place finish while the men placed five on the All-America podium en route to a 28th place standing. This was the third consecutive third place result at Nationals for coach Halston Taylor’s women’s program, as the Engineers were among the top three at this year’s Cross Country Championship and the Outdoor meet in 2010.
Jones and Fisher Named Regional Athletes of the YearCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A pair of MIT athletes were honored by the United State Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this week, in advance of the upcoming NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championship. Senior Karin Fisher was selected as the New England Field Athlete of the year while Portia Jones was named the Regional Track Athlete of the Year. Both athletes captured New England Division III titles at the NCAA Regional Championship recently and will take part in the National meet, beginning on Friday.
National Marks and Program Records Fall for MIT Track & Field at ECAC Division III ChampionshipNEW YORK, N.Y. – With a focus on improving a few individual qualifying marks in the final meet before the National Championship, the MIT men’s and women’s track & field teams traveled to New York for the ECAC Division III Championship over the weekend. A number of individuals met and exceeded expectations and the teams were also able to score well at the meet, with the women taking fifth out of 47 teams and the men placing 37th overall.
MIT Records Quality Performances at NEICAAA ChampionshipBOSTON, Mass. – Coming off a pair of tremendous performances in the NCAA New England Division III Championships, the MIT men’s and women’s track & field teams took part in the All-New England meet held at Boston University over the weekend. The teams’ focus was on national qualifying marks rather than team scoring and the Engineers were able to meet a number of those standards in a very successful weekend.
Tech Women Place Second in Tightly Contested New England Division III ChampionshipCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women’s track and field team’s comeback bid came up just short, as the Engineers finished in second place by just four points at the NCAA New England Division III Championship held at the Shobrys and Aronson Track over the weekend. Tech earned 137 points, just four behind Williams College, despite a number of very impressive individual efforts.
Women’s Track and Field Begins Push toward Championship Season at Valentine’s MeetBOSTON, Mass. – The MIT women’s track and field team was back in action at Boston University for the second time in three weeks and the Engineers were once again up to the challenge of competing with some of the top athletes in New England, including a number of Division I competitors. Tech achieved seven different NCAA-level performances while narrowly missing a few more, in its final weekend of competition before the Division III New England Championship.
Jones’ Big Day Leads Women’s Track and Field over Williams and MoravianCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Portia Jones put on a dominant performance, winning four individual events and accounting for 32.25 points, to help MIT defeat Williams College and Moravian College in a tri-meet on Saturday afternoon. Three Institute records fell during the meet as Tech’s total of 186.50 points outscored second place Williams, which had 139.
Engineers Take First Among Competitive Field at Springfield InviteSPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The MIT women’s track and field squad picked up its second straight team win to start the season behind a breakout performance by freshman Louise van den Heuvel. The Engineers were winners of eight events on their way to a total of 206.5 points, beating out Tufts, which finished with 139.5.
Jones, Bumgarner Help Women’s Track & Field Start Season off on the Right FootLEWISTON, Maine – Returning to action after ending 2010 as one of the top overall programs in the country, the MIT women’s track and field team picked up where it left off, registering a pair of dominant wins over Bates College and Colby College on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers, who earned top 10 finishes at both the Indoor and Outdoor NCAA Division III Championships a year ago, outscored runner-up Bates, 216.5-85.5 while Colby was third with 76 points.
MIT Announces 2010-11 Winter Sport SchedulesCAMBRIDGE, Mass. MIT announced today its team schedules for the 2010-11 winter season. Eleven teams will compete, beginning with the rifle squad, whose season kicks off on October 2. A number of teams, including the mens basketball, mens and womens swimming & diving and mens and womens track & field are coming off extremely successful seasons, which culminated in appearances at their respective NCAA Championships. The womens basketball, mens and womens fencing, squash and mens volleyball schedules were also released.
MIT Ranks Fourth Among All NCAA Institutions in 2010 NCSA Collegiate Power RankingsCHICAGO, Ill. – The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) recently announced its eighth annual Collegiate Power Rankings. Following another tremendous year, the Engineers were listed fourth overall in securing their highest ranking in the history of the report. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s Collegiate Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels.